It's been a good year for me for bobcat sightings. First there was the kitten that I followed into a field, where its camoflauge was so perfect that even when it was right at my feet I couldn't barely see it in the long dry grass. That was in February. I've a couple of other encounters also.
Maria Owl and I were walking in Annadel when we came across a bobcat by the side of the trail. He was perhaps 40 feet from the trail, hanging around on a rock. He watched us watch him, and tolerated me taking multiple photos of him. At one point he licked his paws then moved casually through the grass to another rock.
As we watched other people came along the trail. They stopped for a moment or two, perhaps snapping a photo on their cell phones, then taking off on foot or bike. I realized that I was so excited about the photo op that I was forgetting to simply be present. Maria stood down the trail away, a blissful smile on her face, saying softly, "Thank you, thank you." I set the camera aside. The bobcat stayed put. After five minutes or so we moved on.
Amos Clifford, Guide and Restorative Council Mentor; trainer in restorative justice, restorative dialogue with nature, and circle-keeping and the way of council; mentor.