Look Who’s On Top of That Cactus

Curt and Marta Fonger are living out their golden years on wilderness’ edge in Gold Canyon, Arizona. With over 40 years of photography experience, Curt recently had a career-defining moment.

A bobcat had scampered to the top of a saguaro cactus — and it was quite a climb!

The bobcat was trying to get away from a mountain lion that was stalking it. He darted up a 40-foot saguaro, and there he stayed for the remainder of the day.

Curt says, “I’ve never had the luxury of seeing a bobcat on top of a saguaro. Just a beautiful creature, he was displaying himself proudly, kind of looking around, probably trying to see if mister mountain lion was still around… it was almost if he were posing!”

Curt says the golden cat with amber eyes stared back at him, perched on top of the cactus for hours.

“He was pretty relaxed, he kind of laid on top of the saguaro, shut his eyes, almost as if he was sleeping.”

The bobcat eventually came down, but Curt and Marta are still riding high.  “It was that Kodak moment I think every photographer lives for.”

H/t beloved fellow Joseph!


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9 years ago

Wow. Stunning shots.

Patriot Angel
9 years ago

How neat. I haven’t been blessed enough to see nothing more than a wily coyote while here in Az. That was beautiful!

9 years ago

Kitty! (Barrel cacti must be pretty sturdy.) Also, a closeup of a more sedentary one on a less impressive perch…