Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Wild Life Left Behind

This photo of a bobcat taken by our friend near our old Plano neighborhood.
This photo was made in the fall of 2011.

Imagine seeing this on your roof?

Clint called my attention to these photos published in the Sunday edition of The Dallas Morning News.  These stunning photos were made near our old Plano neighborhood.  The photos in the blog post, except for the first photo, were made by Plano resident Steve Susi.  The first photo was made by Clint's friend, Paul Campbell.

I  read the rabbit population is dwindling in this Plano neighborhood.

Don't know what it is about cats, I can't help but love
them and admire their beauty.


Clint said...

Yeah, the bobcats were here first. They are said to be---pound for pound---the fiercest of fighters. I hear they pretty much avoid humans, but they find small dogs and other small pets to be delicious. And I wouldn't leave my two year old kid outside unattended, either. Heh heh.

Shady Del Knight said...

Those are stunning photos, Cindy. I saw a documentary about residential development around Yellowstone Park encroaching on grizzly bear territory and leading to frightening encounters. There are many species of exotic beasts (including snakes!) roaming around Florida, some as a result of escaping from zoos and others that were purposely turned loose by owners who no longer wanted them. Dogs and cats have been attacked and killed by coyotes and alligators. Just the other day on the local news they had a story about a man who had his entire head swallowed by a gator before he was able to summon super human strength and free himself. He required dozens of stitches to his face and scalp.

Cindy Ellison said...

Shady, I do remember the early morning hours you and Mrs. Shady encountered a poisonous snake near your garage. I would be petrified to have encountered such a snake. Add to that alligators! I will have to search out this story about the guy with his head in the alligator's mouth! My greatest fear is of snakes but I am also now afraid of black bears. They are roaming all over the place around here. One ended up near a Walmart, my sister said it must have smelled the "chicken" they fry there. Clint laughed at this reasoning, lots of places around here sell fried chicken! :-) Clint announced to me hours later he had seen a dark object (SPIDER) crawling against the wall behind our bed. He was not able to kill it before it got away. I'm usally not freaked out by spiders but I did give some thought to this one, the one who got away! Keep your eyes open, Shady!

Shady Del Knight said...

Cindy - I just want you to know that I read this comment of yours and the one on the previous post. It's always a pleasure to read your follow-up replies. (Do you notice how your blog is catching on big time?) That documentary about darkness was on the Smithsonian Channel and it was actually about our fear of the dark. It traced that instinctive fear all the way back to earliest civilization. It was quite interesting. (I'm glad you and my Texas friend Shelly are acquainted. I figured the two of you would have a lot in common.)

Cindy Ellison said...

Thank you, Shady. I have a feeling you and I "met" Shelly around the same time. She is such a talented writer. I may have even found Shelly on your blog. You have some precious followers, I wish I could spend more time following others and commenting. As you are well aware, it takes time to be a good and faithful blogger. ☺ I always appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my blog and especially when they leave comments. You are a most faithful reader and commenter!

Shady Del Knight said...

Thank you, Cindy! It's a "be careful what you wish for" type of dilemma. How many blogs and blog friends can we keep adding to our lives before it becomes all consuming? I reached the saturation point several months ago and vowed to draw the line and not add any more. Yet, if a quality person becomes a faithful follower of my blog what else can I do but add their blog to my stream? Regrettably, to make room for one more and one more I have needed to abandon the blogs of people who I have been actively supporting but who no longer actively support mine. It's a numbers game that I really don't want to play but I simply must and I'm sure you understand that. In the end I suppose it all shakes out and you wind up with the circle of friends that are best for you.

Cindy Ellison said...

I agree, Shady, you can only do so much and I agree with the way you have chosen to handle it. It does seem to work out for the best, the most dedicated ones remain, the ones we would want in our lives.

Leontien said...

Oh WoW! that are some amazing shots! Thank you for sharing! and i can imagen why the rabbit population would get smaller! big cat's like that!

And yes you really should try the Arretjes Cake, make sure you hide it good! i'm pretty sure Clint will go out at night and try to find it! ;-)

Big hugs

Crystal Mary said...

That just scares me stiff.. I love animals but don't like to see them killing another one. I know its the survival way, but it makes my blood cold. Beautiful photos..amazing capture.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
I agree with Crystal Mary. I love animals, but don't like to see them killing one another. Of course, it is the way they survive. Anyway, it makes my heart bleed in tears when one takes somebody else's life. I am an animal's advocate. Great photos anyway.
Thank you for sharing your talents with the world, Cindy!!
Thank you for visiting my blogs!!
God bless you, and those you love!!
Poet Starry Dawn.