In the winter, many swamp critters stay down in their dens and out of sight. But if you are as keen-eyed as Nature Girl, the lack of foliage allows you to see some of the critters that are active.
It had been raining almost all month. The sun came out on Friday, so I left the office at about 2:30 and went home for a quick walk with Snooks before sunset.
You can see that the lane is on an old levee. This is flat river bottoms country. The ground to the right is to the west and is about four feet below the elevation of the lane. The ground to the left is to the east and is about ten feet below the elevation of the lane. What looks like the end of the lane is a place where the lane slopes down to meet the elevation of the land to the west. This is about a quarter mile north of Wolf River.
At about the place where the lane slopes down, Snooks pointed off to our right. There was a cat about thirty feet away. I would have never seen it if she had not spotted it.
We have been living here for almost two years. We knew there was a pair of bobcats nearby, but this was my first sighting. We were only about 500 feet past our back fence.
We did not linger; it would not do to disturb the cat. We walked on down to the riverbank. The sun was nearly down. Here is a picture of the fading sunlight on the trees.
And this is Snooks walking out of the Conservancy woods towards home. That is our house to the left.