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Backyard B-b-b-b-b-bocat?!!

Y'all know, I'm sure, that my sister lives on the Western Slope in Colorado....from her home the view is of the San Juan Mountains.  This past week, it's been snowfall and more snow! Unless she uses her 4 wheel drive, she stays home. Now, on the other side of the house, sliding patio glass doors open up to the 'back woods'. Here, other than cleaning out some deadwood, they kept the grounds in its natural state. She happened to be at home and by the doors when all of a sudden...luckily, her cellphone was in her hand....this is what she saw from the fence to the woods, and texted me the image...a bobcat!!



...but here in South Texas, tho the landscape is in the wintry browns on the islands and still, for the most part, green in the city, on Sunday last I walked along the salt flats in search of wildflowers that still may be blooming. Yellow seems to be prominent among the winter-kill wild grasses...


...except for this lone pink rose protected from cold in the trees!!



The sky the other day was beautiful...as is most days around here. The cloud formation on this particular morning was phenomenal!


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  1. BOBCAT!!!! I'm glad she wasn't outside!! ALONE!!! There are coyotes down at the ranch and I hear them at night and then wonder where they are during the day??

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    1. They've had mountain lions, bobcats, bear, elk, deer and so much more 'wildlife' on their property!!

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    1. Thank you....you're pretty awesome yourself!!

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  3. How exciting for your sister to be in the right place, at the right time, and with a camera in hand too!!
    Not too many flowers blooming around here these days. I'm about ready for spring!

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    1. There is a bit of frost on the neighbor's houses this morning...not a hard freeze tho, I imagine the wildflowers survived the night.

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  4. We had a bobcat in our backyard this past summer. It was so beautiful.

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    1. Your link doesn't provide a profile section, hence....I can't stop by to visit you JMD

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    2. I don't have a blog, just a computer. :-o

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    3. Gotcha!!! Thanks for the visit!!

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  5. how neat! we had a hard freeze here overnight so the wildflowers blooming (henbit) are probably shrunk back again.

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    1. If the weather isn't good....they tell us to wait a day....right?

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  6. A bobcat in the backyard would have been pretty exciting! Surely more exciting than all that snow. Of course the wildflowers are such a delight to see. We'll be seeing our wildflowers in about another three months. That header of yours is so cute!

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    1. My sister likes snow. Of course, I can't understand the fascination in it all...but 'different strokes'. Thanks for the compliment on the header Judy.

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  7. I would love to see a bobcat but i like your backyard better than the snow and cat backyard. awesome to see it. your flowers are amazing.. the photos of them I mean. super shots, all of these.

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    1. I like the green myself too!! Thanks.

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  8. forgot something... this is my most favorite of all your headers from the past. i always thought you created them using others prints, but now i am wondering if you are drawing them yourself. love the owl

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    1. Thanks....most header images are made with my software program. This one of the owl is my pencil sketch which I added as a 2nd layer. Thanks so much for the compliment.

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  9. Beautiful flowers!
    The only bobcat I have seen here is one our neighbor killed while he was turkey hunting in our woods. He was using a turkey call when a bobcat eased out from behind a tree looking for the turkey! (I'm glad he killed it since we have pets, dog and cat, outside).
    Have a great day!
    Lea

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    1. It could be scary, if the wild animals haven't been fed from their hunting in a while...especially for pets. This one, tho, looks pretty much in good shape. Luckily, my sister has no pets.

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  10. how exciting to see the bobcat, from inside! beautiful flowers!

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    1. ...that is the two KEY words....from inside!!!

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  11. That would have been thrilling to see and even more so to capture on her phone! I love your pretty wildflowers. Our daffodils are pushing up out of the ground, the first to show that spring is coming! :-)

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    1. I noticed that the pecan tree in the front is getting small buds....soon everything will be green and leafed out. It's always great to know Spring is coming...but oh, what follows Spring, I dread. lol

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  12. The bobcat photo tells me that there are more of them in her area and she was fortunate to grab a shot! I love the faded rose photo.

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    1. I'm sure there are more around...she lives in a most perfect area for wild cats and such.

      That rose was pretty among all the bare branches.

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  13. Pretty pussycat. Okay. Maybe not. *grin* But you Anni, I think you live in paradise. Really.

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    1. As long as it's OUTside, and sister is INside...it is pretty!!!

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  14. Oh, so neat she saw a bobcat--and was able to get a picture! I (And our chickens) are very happy we don't have those around here! Amazing and so delightful to see flowers blooming this time of year! Up here everything is white!

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    1. Wildflowers bloom year 'round here....unless, of course there is a drought. lol

      White is pretty....in its own way.

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  15. Love the bobcat and fence shot! ~ Other beautiful photography as well!

    Happy Weekend to you, ^_^

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  16. Oh, the bobcat is terrific!!! But your capture of the skies in the last pic is awesome!!! I do hope you're having a great week, Anni!! Enjoy -- camera in hand, of course!!!

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    1. I am having a good week, as I hope you are Sylvia. Thanks!!

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  17. First, love, love, love your flowery blossoms, I so miss seeing them. My Christmas cactus hasn't bloom yet this year either. Those can be pesky bobcats are common around our parts too, as well as other (my hubby says the owls are really dangerous) for our 7 pound little Dash, who loves to run around outside! I fear our last two groundskeeper kitty cats were taken by (deadly) surprise, even though I like to think someone took them inside and won't let them out. Enjoy your day, and flowers!

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    1. Oh, I'd be out with Dash all the time if there is that much of a threat.

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  18. Tell your sister, thanks for sending the photo of the Bobcat walking in her yard. That is really cool.
    All those pretty flowers just look so cheery. Still waiting for sunnier days here.
    Those clouds are so pretty - they look like feathers stacked on top of each other.

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    1. It's sunny here.....but, darned cold!!! Went out for my walk late this morning and the wind chill....BRRRRR. Yes, even in Texas on the coast.

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  19. Ok,I was going to start commenting on the flowers versus the Bobcat,till I saw the cloud shot.That is the ultimate winner for me.Love that picture.

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    1. Glad you liked the clouds Ruth [let you in on a little secret....driving along the freeway, those very clouds when I first notice them looked like big wave curls....by the time I was able to get out of the car safely to get a photo, they changed in shape so much, they reminded me of clam/oyster shells by then]

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  20. Oh,BTW,I would rather have the flowers around my house than a Bobcat.Just sayin'.

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  21. Oh my gosh a real....Bobcat
    Thank goodness we don't have those in my backyard..we once had a fox and a goat...yes a goat. Shortly after mom retired she was on the porch reading. She heard someone calling to what she expected was a dog. Lo and behold she turned around there was a goat. We live in the city too. The gal said she saw it wandering down a street. It appeared rather calm so she was trying to catch. Evidently he didn't want to be caught.
    Hugs madi and mom

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  22. PS all the photos are super duper gorgeous as always.
    Hugs C

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  23. Great cloud formations.

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  24. Pleasurable thank you for sharing.

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  25. It just goes to prove that modern day tech is vital to have in your hand at all times!! That was a great snap of the bobcat!
    You spotted lots of pretty blooms on your walk and those clouds are awesome!

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  26. That would be pretty awesome to see wildlife out your back door like that but not so much if you're hanging out in the back yard and it happens to sneak up on you.
    All those flowers are so pretty. Makes me want spring to hurry up and get here

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    1. Ya, if it sneaked up on me like that, there'd be MORE than cat scat in the yard!!

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  27. I loved seeing your sister's bobcat! Is she seeing any moose there? Thanks for the flower fix too.

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    1. Well she's never mentioned moose. I'll have to ask her.

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  28. WOW if that is your sister's view of the San Juan's (Mt. Sneffels I believe) then I am insanely jealous, LOL. I LOVE this area of Colorado and would move there if at all possible.

    Love all your still blooming flowers and those oyster clouds are sooooo cool.

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    1. Yep, she see this daily....Mt. Sneffels is correct.
      Thanks Felicia

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  29. Love those 'oyster clouds' ~ creative sky shot!

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

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  30. Like the Bobcat. When we lived at the ranch I wanted to put a deer feeder right outside the bedroom window, but John said no we were to near the road and people may road hunt.

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    1. Trust me, it's a good thing John said "no" to the deer feeder. My sister has had trouble with them. They've been known to eat the wood SIDING on the house!!!

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  31. That pic of the bobcat is phenomenal. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. thanks....glad you enjoyed it.

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  32. Seeing that bobcat is so cool, and I'm glad she had her phone for the picture. I'm ever gladder that she wasn't outside!

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    1. If it's been eating well this winter, I don't think it would've given her a 2nd glance. But, y'never know!

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  33. Beautiful contrast between your sister's place and yours. Awesome colour where you live and awesome wildlife out your sister's window though I wouldn't want to be so near to the bobcat myself. I'm a wimp, lol.

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    1. I would enjoy it from INSIDE. lol

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  34. That really is a phenomenal sky shot! Such unusual clouds.

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    1. ...thanks, I had nothing to do with the formation. Someone better than me did all the work.

      Love your rainbow in the sky too.

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  35. Nice pictures. Sure wouldn't want a bob cat in my back yard. In the Texas Hill country we do have a lot of deer in our yard though. We saw a mountain lion running through a pasture a couple of weeks ago.

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  36. I was tickled pink to see that you had linked with Today's Flowers Anni. Thank you so much and thank you also for making me look twice on the name of the waterfalls I identified in my Tropicbird post. You were correct and I have now changed the name to Wailua Falls.

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    1. Ya, that sounds good....I wasn't sure about the "Falls" tho. There are so many many areas on the islands, I can get confused. lol

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  37. p.s. loved your photos, of the Bobcat in your sister's yard, those pretty flowers and sky.

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    1. Thank you so much Denise!!! And, thanks for hosting.

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  38. What glorious photos of the flowers!!! Gives us all her in the north hope of spring! Thank you!! Have a grand day!

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    1. It is only just days for us .... and Spring will arrive. Always about a month or two before anyone farther north experiences it. Thanks Cathy.

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  39. i would love to see a bobcat! love all the beautiful yellow flowers! and that sky image is lovely! have a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, and have a great weekend yourself, Jandi!

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  40. Very cool shot, Anni! I've never seen one in the wild.
    ~

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    1. We have 'em here too....but, sadly, all I've seen in MY area are road kill.

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  41. First of all, your sister lives in one of my favorite areas! When the SIL started looking for a new job elsewhere, SW Co. was a consideration. Our trip through there one and a half years ago with our grandson (and we'd been there before when our daughter was small) was such a delight! As far as seeing a bobcat, I've been dying to see one since I've been here in Tucson. We saw javelin (adults and babies) in W TX on the trip out here, running off the side of the highway we were traveling, in the middle of the night)but not since I've been here. Have only seen that one coyote right on my street, across from my house...oh and one other near a gas station/grocery store parking lot. No cougars, which I would adore to see, but would be very scared at the same time! :-) I know these critters are all over the place here, and my friends see them (Mary of Faith, Fabric & Photos visits her sister here once a year and one was in her sister's back yard and she got some amazing photos!) Where are my critters!!!!? :-) Anyway, your sister did great getting that shot of the one running across her back yard. I am excited about our move in late summer...one of the things I am hoping for are bear and elk and bobcat and all kinds of woodland creature sightings, and maybe even wolf (which would be a lifetime thrill for me!) but I probably will have the same issues I have here. :-) No critters. Love your clouds and lovely flowers. I will miss it here, but I am savoring the time I have left, and am so excited about all that lies ahead!

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    1. It IS a very pretty area. I agree. But, after we retired, we didn't want to deal with snow, ever again. lol

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  42. Oh, I forgot to tell you...yes, that's Bach's nursery! I did a post on it a year or more ago, I think and will look for the pictures. Since I got my new computer all the photos on my old one haven't been transferred yet. We live off Thornydale just down the hill toward Ina from there in a neighborhood near Butterfield school.

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    1. I wasn't sure of the name. Guess I coulda looked it up somewhere on the 'net. We lived off Thornydale at the TOP of the Hill...just off Magee.

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  43. Beautiful pictures ..

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  44. After the big cat, the flowers look comforting!!!!

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