Sunday, March 25, 2007
a visitor

Look who came to visit me on Thursday....! I was standing out on my Deck, looking out at this....And then, looking down at this, too......When all of a sudden, while looking down into my garden from this vantage point, (and luckily having my camera in hand...) I saw this!Can't see what I am talking about....Well, check out the center of this next picture below....And then, here below, is a slightly closer look at him, pretty much dead center of the picture.....Still having trouble, well....here is a somewhat closer look at him/her further down the steps than he was before.....And here below is another really fantastic look at him, if I do say so myself.....I have lived here in my house on this hill for (43)Forty-Three(43) years...and I have never...I repeat, never seen this person or any of his relatives before---this is a First! I've seen Deer galore; Cayote's---even out in the street; Skunks, and all sorts of wild life, etc. But never this guy.

He is a California Bobcat....!

To be this close to civilization.....Streets packed with traffic.....Huge big buildings.....The Kodak Theatre.....The Academy Awards just below.....and to see this magnificent creature right here in my own back yard-garden....well, that is pretty astounding, isn't it? Astounding. Awesome. And just a little bit scary, too....but I must say I found it pretty damn exciting....It made my day, let me tell you!

Read more about the California Bobcat here, and there is even a very very short little film piece.....








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46 Comments:
had this to say:

Wow! Those photos are amazing!

Did you just let it be, or call someone to come and get it?


The most interesting creatures i get, are kangaroos :(

Have a great rest of the weekend.

Ps. Here from Micheles

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 2:40:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What a handsome chap :-) I didn't realise the Californian Bobcat was still prevalent.

I do hope he comes back to visit you again :-) Your beautiful garden must be a haven for the little man.

cq

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 2:46:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

How wonderful that you were there at the right moment and with your camera too! I suspect he/she visits quite often but you normally wouldn't see him as cats are notorious for hiding away from humans. I hope you get to see him again. I suspect he is very useful for controlling any rodent activity in the that area of the hills!

Truly marvellous!

On a different note - those quizzes are very tongue in cheek but they are fun aren't they... and perfect when I need something quick for my blog as I am busy!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 4:11:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

You have displayed beautiful photos. I loved the view of the 2nd one. Are Bobcats dangerous? I don't think we have them here.
Friday's Child
http://lifran.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 6:22:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, what an exciting visitor! More so than the one I had yesterday...LOL. I am really glad we don't have those here....they might eat my bunnies, deer and kitties!

He's gorgeous, though, and what a treat to see one up close and personal (well, not too up close...LOL). Did you name him Rufus?

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 7:56:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! Those pictures are just amazing, awesome! A Bobcat in your yard-garden! And you are so luck to had the great opportunity to see this beautiful creature and taken so gorgeous photo! Great Naomi! You did a good work!
And the site Desert USA is great, too! Thank you!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 8:26:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh wow! You sure beat me when I lived in Ca lol.. all I saw in my "yard" was an Possum, and a skunk (different times..) oh and the 80 lb. African Serval that was owned by my roomie..heh. wanna guess who the skunk squirted?... it was not fun!

I hope the bobcat finds it's way back home without being harmed.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 8:30:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! That is exciting! We've had coyotes, but never any feline visitors (other than domesticated). And how lucky that you were able to snap some photos of him :)

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 8:57:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

I read "more about The California Bobcat" and learned a great deal I am however concerned about the fact that they like living in the hills among the thriving healthy bush so close to where so many unsuspecting people thrive.
While they are a truly beautiful creature, they are also truly dangerous. Have you alerted the Wildlife folks?

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 10:12:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

and hopefully Sweety is an inside kitty!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 11:02:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Awesome ;)

That is brilliant ;)

There is nothing liek getting close to nature ;)

I went to a friends house last weekend and witnessed some of nature first hand and it really is a pleasant experience ;)

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 11:17:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I can't help but think that you were fated to see him. He was fated to have his story shared in this way, to have us learn more about this beautiful animal.

I can always count on a wonderful vision of your world every time I visit your site, Naomi. Thanks!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 11:21:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! A visiting bobcat! How cool! And it's great that you had your camera handy to get the pix to share with us.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 12:57:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I had NO IDEA you were running a wild life preserve on your property!
Do you charge admission? :-)
Blog buddies get in free of charge, of course. :)
Especially if they bring chocolate truffles!!

That truly is both exciting and scary.

Had you been strolling through your garden at the time of his arrival, I bet you would have peed your pants!! YIKES!

He's a beautiful creature. I'm glad you got some good photos of him.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 2:22:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Pat
had this to say:

Just popped in to say goodnight Naomi and my goodness - what a post. I wonder if our own bob-kat has seen it? Broad daylight too. Would it be dangerous to humans? If so be very careful. Remember it's a jungle out there:)

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 3:24:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I just popped back to see your new visitor before going to bed. I still love these photos of him :-)

Goodnight, honey.

cq

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 3:25:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I've had a fox in my garden... but that was nothing compared to a Bobcat..........! Amazing.

They do say to always carry your camera. It seems that you're living proof of that Naomi!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 3:34:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

[falls off chair in shock]

wow - I have published a review of not only a film you haven't seen but a JD film you haven't seen??

You will *adore* Benny and Joon....

cq

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 3:40:00 PM PDT 

Anonymous Kim
had this to say:

How cool to see something like that and actually have your camera in your hand to capture it! What a beautiful view you have! Can you see the Kodak theater from your house?

Michele sent me!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 3:57:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow, Naomi. How rare. Wild Cats in general tend to stay under cover, that's for sure. He looks tiny. My sister rehabbed animals, and took care of one that couldn't be released to the wild. But to see one in the wild, what a nice surprise! (and I'm glad it wasn't a mountain lion, lol).

Great capture! Thanks for sharing your visitor.
~S

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 4:06:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

he sure is lovely.

Kendra

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 4:56:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Ahh I can see why you thought Mark and I would love to see these. Can you imagine how excited Mark would have gotten, after his reaction to the squirrel and the deer HAHAHAHA
What a nice visitor to have, a little scary as well though.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 4:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Great photos! Here via Michele's.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 6:30:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I come to see again those amazing photos, Naomi! It's awesome to see a Bobcat in a Big City like Los Angeles! Just great! I hope you can see Bobcat again!

And Sweetie, he saw the Bobcat?

Have a lovely week!

PS: If this comment is double, please, delete it.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 6:33:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

OMG!!!!! I was going to (and maybe still will) post about the fact that my neighbor spotted a MOUNTAIN LION in the woods directly behind my condo.

While your bobcat is beautiful, I am *freaking out* about the idea of having a mountain lion in the vicinity! Yikes...I'm such a city girl.

Thanks for stopping by several times this weekend!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 6:41:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

thats AWESOME!

what a sleek little beauty it is too! my mom would be jealous (as long as it didnt try to eat her birds!)

we are back from florida now, adn i will be posting lots of outdoorsy pictures over the next few days, sadly the only wildlife i saw was at zoos and theme parks. here i was tramping through the swamps when i couldve just sat on your patio!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 7:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

OMG Naomi! When I was looking at the pictures I had that sudden thought of that looks like a bobcat! I can't believe that was in your garden. That is DAMN exciting!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 8:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow. He is devine!!! So beautiful - just look at him!! Amazing!!!!! I am such a cat person, and I especially love these beautiful wildcats. I would have been thrilled to see him too. And how lucky that you had your camera too!! Wow!! :)

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 12:44:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Ivy
had this to say:

Wow! Great pictures!! We see bobcats alot here.. But we are also backing up to a huge hunting club where I live..

Very good pictures!

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 2:38:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I came back to look at your wonderful pics again. That Bobcat is gorgeous! As it is spring then he/she might be out looking for a mate?

BTW - thanks for stopping by my blog as ever. I am having an apalling time with this essay so your well wishes are much appreciated. The muppets clip made me smile. I love that Kermit was your favourite. He is sooo the harassed Production / Stage Manager. After my experience in theatre he makes me laugh even more, as does Miss Piggy as the 'Prima Donna' star LOL! I have a whole new perspective on it as an adult that I didn't have as a child.

Do let us know if you see your bobcat again. It must have been so exciting to spot him! It reminds me of a time I saw a big cat in the woods! Yep, we do have them in the UK though some people refuse to believe it.

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 6:04:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Dellrayne
had this to say:

I always feel 'chosen' and 'special' when some thing visits that is rare. I can tell that you also have these feelings!!! On Sunday I saw my second Platypus ever in the wild. Well two of them at a place called Eungella in the north of Queensland, Australia, high in the mountains on a plateau. BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Thank you for your photos.
Keep well...

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 6:14:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

....so cool to see your photos...wow.

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 6:54:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

WOW!!! Great pics...I'm sure it was pretty exiting...I'm guessing he loved your garden:)

Maria

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 8:59:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Please, please don't let any wildlife etc. people or organizations know about little "Bobbie"! You saw the Desert "Facts" article--Fish and Wildlife see him as part of some bimbo's fur coat, a commercial resource! So be cool--don't blow his cover to people in the neighborhood. Every block has a busybody nut who wants to "clean up" the area and make it "safe". Everyone who lives in hillside areas should be like you--understanding of and respectful of nature. If they are scared of critters, they should be living in Sierra Towers!!!!

Love and luck to him, and to you and Sweetie.

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 10:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That is amazing! In East Texas we use to see bobcats when we lived in the country, amazing animals! But to see them in a city like LA...that's cool!!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 12:29:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow! Wow!
That is so cool!
Thank you for shaing your garden vistior with us.
Awesome!
Huggles and Love,
Raggedy

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 1:01:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

That is so cool, to see a bobcat! I saw my first coyotes in my area -- Boston. I was walking my dog and two coyotes stood up in some tall grass. Scary, because my dog is exactly the size they could use as lunch meat.

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 1:22:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

How cool is that?! I love it!

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 2:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

That was like "Where's Waldo?", I finally did see it when I enlarged the picture.
We have sightings around here too & you're right, they're scary. The packs of coyotes sound creepy.
But that lil guy sure looks at home in your garden.

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 3:13:00 PM PDT 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

He or she is beautiful... hope there were no incidents with cars and that Sweetie was inside. Of course a gorgeous cat like Sweetie would rather sit and look upon his subjects than dig in the dirt.

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 9:19:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

How thrilling having that bobcat in your garden. Life is full of memorable pleasures isn't it?

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 11:48:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You must have been floored! I thought it was a cat until the last photo! It's obvious it's a whild thing!

PS I meant to say: Feel better soon!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 7:57:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I've only seen bobkats in zoos, Naomi. It's great that you got to see him. I guess it's not a good time to have Snowball escape outside. Keep an eye on the pretty fellow, Naomi.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 1:19:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow, Naomi! That's amazing! I can only imagine how surprised you were to see THIS on your property. What a gift that was. He's truly awesome. So sleek and regal and thanks for sharing him with us.
(Sure hope you're feeling better!)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 8:23:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Hi, Ol just finished reading your most recent post.Your visitor, how special, great photo's. I have never seen a bobcat outside of a zoo. Although the area of NYS that hail from, has lots, and live in a very rual setting. but never have seen. Also looking at your photo's of Dom DeLuise, he could make me laugh. how special that he is your friend. Hope this finds you feeling better. pat.

Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 10:29:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That is so very cool! I love bobcats. It is so very sad that we (as a society) are completely destroying their home. Maybe they are making a comeback?

Friday, March 30, 2007 at 7:01:00 PM PDT 

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