Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
I had arrived in Shenandoah National Park around 5:30 in the morning. There was a heavy fog throughout the interior of the park, keeping visibility to about 10 feet in front of me. I figured wildlife opportunities would be few and and that I should take advantage of the eerie fog to create scenic photographs. It was a cool morning in the higher elevations, especially with no sunlight to burn off the fog. Within 5 minutes of my hike I witnessed a bobcat, a wild, beautiful, living bobcat, crossing the trail about 2 yards from where I stood! The Bobcat went into the forest and I quickly switched to my long lens and attached it to my tripod. To not appear too large and threatening to the bobcat, I crawled upon the forest floor leaving plenty of space between this beautiful predator and myself. The bobcat was fixated on something ahead of it and began to move in a stalking position. I realized it was on morning hunt. For about 15 minutes I was able to keep an extremely low profile and photograph this species that had eluded me for so long. The bobcat stopped at a fallen tree for about 5 minutes with its back turned to me, eyes fixed on something in the field. This incredible moment ended abruptly when the bobcat leaped over the fallen tree and caught what was either a field mouse or chipmunk and ran off into the adjacent woods. Mother nature humbled me again with her power and beauty.
Exposure, Contrast, Color, Saturation, Output Sharpening, and very small crop
Canon t3;100-400 lens