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Mountain lions are strong, large, and beautiful creatures that live in many regions of North America. Mountain lions are called cougars or puma. The stealth of the mountain lion makes them very difficult to photograph, making this set of mountain lion photos all the more special. Enjoy these mountain lion pictures that capture this impressive beast in its natural habitat. You can decorate your space with these unique fine art pictures of cougars. Show your strength and be motivated and inspired by the power of lions.
HOME DECOR WITH MOUNTAIN LION PICTURES
If your home is already decorated with art but you’re looking to add some fine art mountain lion photos to your collection, we can offer guidance to create a cohesive look, mountain lion pics wall art should be considered. What’s your favorite element in your space?
Let that be your anchor piece. You can use the base of its color to find complementary images to make the room pop. Another fun way to unite your pieces together is to frame them in the same colors or materials found throughout the room. For example, most of your home decor is influenced by silver or perhaps a wooden accent. You can choose the finish for your fine art photos and possibly pictures of a mountain lion based upon your desired accent to make it feel like it was truly meant to be part of your collection.
MOUNTAIN LION FUN FACTS
Mountain lions prefer to live in solidarity in habitats with dense underbrush and also rocky areas for stalking. Their ambushing strategy makes this an attractive territory to support their hunting. However, they are still very capable of sprinting at great speeds when stalking prey isn’t an option.
Cougars are territorial and also thrive in low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and the abundance of prey in an area. While it’s an undisputed large animal, it is not always the apex predator in its home range. It can be a very reclusive animal and usually avoids people at all costs.
This tactic is great for their conservation and preservation, but unfortunately a hurdle for photographers seeking pictures of a mountain lion. But a little challenge definitely made this online art gallery of mountain lion pictures much better. We also have exhibitions of mountain lion photography where you can view the art first-hand.
HOW CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS MOUNTAIN LIONS
Mountain lions everywhere are facing the realities of habitat loss which is resulting in populations decreasing. This can be recounted from as far back as the 1800 and 1900s and people hunted these cats for fear of them picking off livestock. Furthermore, their beautiful pelts made them attractive trophy hunting victims. To top it off, these creatures are now dealing with the impacts of climate change. Because of the rising temperatures leading to hotter summers, their primary prey is affected. Deer are threatened by climate change linked to drought and illness, resulting in fewer healthy prey in smaller habitat ranges.
DIFFICULT TO TAKE IMAGES OF MOUNTAIN LION
My pursuits to create wildlife fine art photography eventually led me to capture mountain lion pictures in the rugged North American wilderness.
The diversity of American wildlife is vast and also beautiful but sadly boasts only a few large predators for mountain lion photos. In fact, the only large cats found in the region are mountain lions. We captured stunning images of mountain lions for wall art.
PICTURES OF COUGARS – A UNIQUE CAT
An interesting fact about the mountain lion is that, like their cousin the cheetah, these intimidating cats can’t roar. However, this does not make it any less dangerous. The mountain lion is still a very powerful predator with strong hind legs as seen in our puma image. Mountain lions actually have large paws and proportionally the largest hind legs in the family Felidae. They have this to thank for their great leaping and short sprinting ability.
This most adaptable of felines thrives on its secrecy and also incredible hearing. Indeed, its stealth makes it a difficult animal to photograph, but the same qualities lend it a certain mystery and beauty.
INTERACTION WITH HUMANS
Fatal attacks on humans are rare but have recently been increasing in North America as more people encroach on cougar territories. Human infrastructure and invasion are also threatening their habitats. Particularly, in Florida, mountain lions are threatened by heavy traffic. It is sadly not uncommon for cougars to be involved in fatal car accidents. Furthermore, the constant expansion of highways is creating an insurmountable barrier for cougars. These creatures are finding it harder and harder to freely roam their large territories in order to find prey or mates without crossing humans.
HOW I CAPTURED MOUNTAIN LIONS PHOTOS
We traveled to Chile to capture videos and the perfect mountain lion image for mountain lion art. It was a cold morning, with a chill in the air at about -4°F. We had been trying to spot a mountain lion since sunrise, but the chances of us getting lucky were growing slim. We immediately started our trek towards it, hoping to get within the photographing range for our mountain lion pics. After getting close to her, we also realized that she was not alone. She had a male companion with her, which was unexpected and also an uncommon encounter.
GETTING CLOSE TO TAKE PICS OF A PUMA
We stopped about 25 feet away from the duo to try to take pics of a puma. The male mountain lion was not too happy with our presence and kept on looking at us every so often. I can feel it in his mountain lion profile. On his third look, I started to take inventory of my exit options forgetting about my mountain lion photography. I needed to be able to get out of the situation if he suddenly didn’t feel very welcoming toward his uninvited guests.
I was so focused on climbing up in their direction, that I never looked down. When I did for the first time, I realized we were at a 45 degree angle on a Rocky Mountain ledge that was covered with snow and moss. Additionally, we were about 1000 feet off the ground. Not a situation many people find themselves in, but here I was risking my safety to just get a chance to photograph these cats. One wrong move would be fatal for my mountain lion pics, as there was nothing to break my fall on the way down.
After a long nap, she decided to get up and finally pose for my fine art photography. I was happy to indulge in my model’s whims this time for pictures of a mountain lion. Now when people ask “to show me a picture of a mountain lion,” I’m glad to share my collection.
MOUNTAIN LION PICTURES FOR PRINT: PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
It’s important to remember how agile and fast these cats are. For that reason, it’s advisable to use a very high shutter speed for your image to keep up with their lightning speeds. However, if you’re open to experimenting with shutter speeds, a lower speed can give you a more artistic image.
Follow these steps and you will also be astonished by the mountain lion image you take. If you are interested in purchasing our mountain lion images for sale, feel free to contact us. Our mountain lion pictures to print are available in different sizes to perfectly fit any space in your home. Enjoy the best fine art photography online.
HOW TO TAKE BATTER MOUNTAIN LION PICTURES
Perhaps this account has stirred an interest in mountain lion photography and made you want to venture out to take your own stunning shots of mountain lion photography. But how does one begin? Inspiration and also passion can take you far for mountain lion art, but a little advice can take you even further. This is where I can help.
Starting off, when it comes to taking mountain lion photos and mountain lion pics it’s important to keep their coat color and environmental color scheme in mind. Be sure to place your mountain lion away from your background. An example of this can be seen in our mountain lion sitting picture titled DECISIONS. Do your best to place it in front of very light or very dark colors, to create a contrast for your mountain lion art. Their fur is a greyish-tan color, and in black and white photography that helps bring out all the subtler tones.
High quality and detailed mountain lion pictures can’t be taken without getting into the animal’s space and also placing yourself in their path. Even from a distance, it can be an adrenaline rush to capture mountain lion photos.
TAKING PICS OF PUMAS
Mountain lion pictures are quite difficult to capture because they are especially elusive animals. They’re a generalist species that are able to feel at home in varying environments and conditions. They garnered so many names because this wide range led to different areas developing preferred names for their cats. Despite the challenge, it was a rewarding experience to capture these mountain lion pictures.
CONSERVATION WITH MOUNTAIN LION IMAGES
In wildlife, I can not pay for the animals I photograph. If it were possible to compensate the subjects in my mountain lion images, I would. However, I did find a way to pay them back through my online art gallery. I developed relationships with conservation organizations.
Any photos for sale that you choose to purchase from Ejaz Khan Earth, not only add an inspiring image of these beautiful creatures to your collection but also helps conserve their species. If you would like to bring a mountain lion image home, feel free to send us a pricing inquiry.
MOUNTAIN LION IMAGE BY EJAZ KHAN
These mountain lion pictures make for an ideal wall decor design, for your home, office, and everything in between. They are available to order in a variety of sizes, print material, and framing options. We typically print out photos for sale on Kodak metallic paper which brings life to an image. However we also occasionally print our mountain lion images on art paper. We’re also happy to frame or put any images on plexiglass at your request. Image quality and trust are integral to us. You can read more about pricing and fine art prints.
MOUNTAIN LION FAQ
Mountain lions have the largest range of any mammal in the Western Hemisphere. In North America, they can be found from Canada, California, and also Texas, down to Argentina.
Mountain lions are also referred to as the cougar, catamount, panther, and puma.
Mountain lions are carnivores that rarely eat any vegetation. They are known to eat deer, moose, bighorn sheep, or even smaller prey.
Your favorite mountain lion pictures print is available for purchase through our Ejaz Khan Eath online art gallery. Contact us for size details and price quotes.
When taking videos and photographing mountain lions in the wild, move very slowly and stay calm keeping eye contact at all times as much time as possible with these big cats. If you see resistance, move away; NEVER FORCE YOUR presence. They move at lightning speeds so make sure to use a very high shutter speed.
*A percentage of proceeds from Ejaz Khan Earth’s exhibits and sales goes to foundations that support the awareness and conservation of wildlife.
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