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Female Bobcat cleaning and preening
Photographer: Brent Paull
Location: Sequoia National Park
Story: 
Driving up the switchbacks on the General's Highway in Sequoia NP, this bobcat came out of the forest to warm up on a frosty morning in April. When I stopped my vehicle she retreated about 20 feet back into the forest and jumped on this moss covered rock and began to clean. She ignored me as I approached and began to take handheld images in the dark forest at very slow shutter speeds. Shooting through some shrub branches she allowed me to take about 40 shots before hopping down and strolling away into denser cover. Of those 40, only 6 were sharp enough to keep. This is the first bobcat I have ever seen and photographed. Since then I have photographed hundreds in the rolling oak woodlands of California, but none as beautiful as this bobcat in Sequoia National Park.
Digital Alterations: 
Sharpened and cropped a little. Light Levels and Contrast.
Camera Information: Nikon D2x body, 80-200 f2.8 lens, ISO 320, 1/125 second at f2.8, handheld,.
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