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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A chance to photograph a Ring-tailed cat

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a wildlife photographer. Most of them like to lend me a hand when they have a chance. Such a friend is Bob Olsen.

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Bob lives in Toquerville, right next to Ash Creek. He has live traps out all the time in order to control the skunks and squirrels. A few days ago I got a call from Bob announcing that he had captured a ring-tailed cat and wanted to know if I wished to photograph it. Of course, I jumped at the chance.

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In the thirty plus years that I have been a wildlife photographer, I have only had a ring-tail in hand twice. They are actually fairly common in the southwest but are strictly nocturnal so they are seldom seen by humans. The wide eyes, whisker-covered face and long tail are all adaptations that allow this raccoon cousin to function in the dark.

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I ended up photographing the little guy in the fading light of evening. He was surprisingly calm and cooperative. My son Alex shot video while I was shooting stills. When we were finished, we just walked away and let our subject go free. I hope you like the images.

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  1. Each bracelet has a total of seven 10mm sparkling disco balls with two 8mm and two 10mm shiny hematite beads, beautiful and eye-catching.

  2. I am a park ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park. I would like to show your amazing photo of the ringtail in an article I am writing for the Bryce Canyon website. A beautiful picture! I would be happy to discuss conditions for showcasing your image and will credit your artwork in my presentation.You are welcome to contact me at or

    Thank you,

    Kate E. Pitts

  3. Hi Lynn,
    I work for the National Wildlife Federation. Would it be possible to use your images of the the ringtail in our wildlife advocacy work? If so, please email me at