On my California trip, I took a hike down the Tennessee Valley Trail in the Marin Headlands. I was scouting out the area in late afternoon, gawking at the pretty hills, on my way to a beach, Tennessee Cove, when I ran into this creature:
In the East, I never run into wildlife like this at the right time. Foxes run by me in the woods when I have a closeup lens on my camera, or I see a fisher in bad setting in low light. Not so in this case – this animal was a quite willing to let me watch it at length in the late afternoon shadows.