On the return leg of my hike to 'Hummingbird Plume Fire Lookout' today (see post below) I noticed an animal of some sort behind the trailside bushes close to the forest but just visible as he moved. I stopped dead and slowly reached for the camera in it's bag by my side, I couldn't see what it was but it looked cat like or perhaps a fox. I took a shot of it behind the bushes (the first image in the gallery below) and was sure then that it was a cat of some sort. My heart was racing as I have never seen a bobcat or lynx in the wild and the adrenaline began pumping as he stepped out from the bushes and began a slow deliberate walk toward me. Luckily it was cold high up on the trail and I had put on my hat, coat and gloves which are all black, my hiking trousers were dark grey and my boots black, I stood so very still in the shadow of the trees hoping he wouldn't see me as he walked up the trail toward me. His huge paws were placed so gently on the ground that he made no sound at all as he skulked along. At one point he was hunting voles under the snow, what a shot that would have been had he caught one. Later he looked straight at me and I looked back, he'd seen me and no doubt this wonderful encounter was over, but no, he took a look back to make sure I wasn't surrounding him somehow and kept coming toward me. He slowly covered all areas of the trial in his hunt for voles before turning into the forest. I really didn't want this to end so I made the slightest of movements as I began a step toward his entry point, within a split second he had heard and seen me and scurried away at incredible speed disappearing into the trees absolutely silently. What an incredible encounter and what a beautiful creature to see in the Canadian wilderness. The gallery has no captions as they aren't required, but try making out this lovely creature in that first image and then follow his approach toward me. The main shot is the final one as he entered the forest and pulled off his silent disappearing act.
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