About - Off The Pavement
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I'm passionate about many things. The natural world tugs on me daily, especially the desire to learn all I can about wildlife, their habits and habitat. Supporting wildlife conservation efforts is something I'm engaged in 52 weeks out of the year. I hope you enjoy these images and videos as they put an exclamation mark behind this passion.  

About  a decade ago I had fallen asleep on a ridge in the Never Summer Wilderness in Colorado and about 20 minutes later, I'm guessing, something woke me up. I never wake up startled when I'm out in nature. But that day I did. It was like someone had opened smelling salts under my nose. I sat up and instinctively brushed my right cheek. Odd, I thought. I got up and noticed fresh mountain lion tracks across a muddy area right next to me. The tracks ended where I was laying. The mud was crusted dry for about the first 1/4 inch and below that the mud was wet. Claw marks went through the dry surface and into the wet mud. Lions don't walk around with their claws extended unless they are ready to attack. Hmmm, I wondered how fresh those tracks were. I walked around for a few minutes to see if I could see anything off the ridge in either direction. Nothing. I walked back to the muddy spot and in those few minutes the claw marks had dried. Did the lion brush my cheek with its whiskers? Did it run behind me when I sat up?  Who knows. Since then I've been fascinated by mountain lions, their habits, the prey they pursue, and their habitat. 

If you're looking for images or video of completely wild animals doing what they do naturally, give me a call.