According to my wife Liliane, a near miss is sometimes preferred. Earlier this month while photographing an egret from Hwy 41 (Tamiami) a fellow pulled up and told me he just saw a panther crossing the road following some deer. He directed me to the spot, but do panther and no deer. I did see the trail through the swamp where they disappeared a few minutes previous. What to do?
Following a panther into the swamp alone was for me a bit scary, as I had no idea exactly where it was. Yet, the chance of getting a panther image was pretty compelling. So .. in I went.
It was not long before I found the deer tracks, and soon afterwards, the tracks of the panther. All those episodes of Mantracker definitely paid off.
No panther. After about a 1/4 mile in I came to a clearing and saw in the distance a female white-tailed deer.
How pretty she was. Soon after, her young one joined her.
Talking to her softly, warning her abour Mr. Panther close by, and jingling my car keys, they both came closer.
So. No panther, but I was pleased to make the acquaintance of these beautiful animals. My wife was just as pleased no panther.