Life on the ranch has been crazy these last few weeks. I haven't been able to really go out and explore much because of it. During the few months prior we have had sightings of a mountain lion roaming the property. Their territory is pretty large, upwards of three hundred square miles, I believe, but this one lone cat has decided that the ranch would be the perfect place to raise her cub. Typically lions do not share territory with the exception of their young, so when we see the prints all over the ranch we know it's her.
About three weeks ago my family's mule, Jake, was attacked and killed by the lion. He was over 30 years old and had been a constant figure on the ranch for many of those years. Since losing Jake it has been a flurry of activity with the federal trapper attempting to capture the lion and decide what they believe will be the best way of handling the situation. Thus far their trials have been worthless and we continue to see new tracks. Although no new attacks have been reported, she has still attacked numerous times in the past so we are all taking extreme caution and avoiding any unnecessary wandering.
So I have been mainly homebound these last couple of weeks. Catching up on work and photographing a lot of holiday pictures as well as a few weddings. Last weekend I shot solo at a wedding that featured fire dancers. It was one of the most awe inspiring performances I have ever seen! It was such a challenge trying to photograph such an event. I have never photographed fire dancers before and I kept trying to find that perfect exposure to allow the true feeling of the dances to come alive. In the beginning, some of the images didn't quite stack up but by the end I was feeling comfortable and confident. I love being able to look back and enjoy the show again and again!