I had a challenging work week this past week and needed “fill my cup” as my partner likes to say, so I went out with my camera to Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had a glorious time and got some images I am very excited about – including this close up of a Cougar (aka Puma, Mountain Lion, Panther). It was taken through a double fence – I was safe – but so close! Although I had placed the fence closest to him in a way that I could see the primary facial features, I still cloned out the visible sections and tweaked some saturation and contrast in PS CS4. No other post editing was done. Crop is as shot with my Fuji FinePix S3Pro and Tamron lens.
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Because of excessive hunting following the European colonization of the Americas and the continuing human development of cougar habitat, populations have dropped in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the cougar was extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century, except for an isolated sub-population in Florida. However, in recent decades, breeding populations have moved east into the far western parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Transient males have been verified in Minnesota, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Illinois.


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  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful close-up, I love the look in the eyes :o)x

  • Thank you Josie!! Much appreciated! ~kim

    – KBritt

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    …does he ever look annoyed….definitely you don’t want to get on his bad side…such a beautifully marked animal and your photo and you have absolutely captured the intensity….Wow!

  • You know, Kat, he was so focused when I first walked up, he didn’t move. I think he was eye-balling the reindeer across the way…. we must have been down wind! Thank you very much for your comment and fave! xxX ~Kim

    – KBritt

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Awesome work splendid.

  • Many thanks Julie!! Much appreciated!! ~kim

    – KBritt

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature!! ~Kim

    – KBritt

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    A tremendous portrait!!!!! Congratulations on being featured!!!! Bill

  • Thank you very much Bill! ~Kim

    – KBritt

  • Margaret Sanderson
    Margaret Sande...over 2 years ago

    This is so gorgeous. Well done on getting such a wonderful pose.

  • Thank you so much Margaret – your visit and comment is greatly appreciated! ~kim

    – KBritt

  • Bevlea Ross
    Bevlea Rossover 2 years ago

    wonderful capture and PP!

  • Thank you very much bevlea! ~kim

    – KBritt

  • FrogGirl
    FrogGirlover 2 years ago

    The expression has so much, well, intensity

  • lol – that is why I had no choice in the title! Thank you very much for your comment and fave!! So much appreciated! ~kim

    – KBritt

  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    Stunning Kim a very stunning capture! Awesome detail!

    The Zoo is still open?

  • Thank you so much Tina – I was amazed at how close… And yes, the zoo and conservatory are open year round, although the primates were just indoors. I found reindeer, tiger, cougar, snow leopard, bears, and arctic fox outdoors…. more pictures to come! : }
    Thanks again! xxX ~kim

    – KBritt

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