I have been trying to capture a mountain lion on film. I have many on my ranch... but to get a picture? Whew... not easy. Lot of reasons...
I just don't seem them very often, for one thing. Also.. when I do I'm so awe struck I forget to take a picture.
I had a golden opportunity once. On an archery hunt I had hiked into position a couple hours before the gray of dawn, hoping for a Buck. It began to turn gray in the east... then just before the sun rose I knew no deer were near my position and decided to slowly move to another location. The second I stood up a mountain lion came out of a bush no more than 25' from me.. he, perhaps she, had been there the entire time. AND... I had a camera in hand... but the shock of seeing him bolt from almost underneath my feet rattled my brain... I didn't get the photo.
I think I may have to settle for a Bobcat photo. Although I always get mesermized by them as well. - JamesJM
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....