Mountain Lion in Stone at Smalls Falls

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On a Sunday morning in March, near Rangeley, I picked
my way along an icy snow path to Smalls Falls to see what the winter had wrought. The wall of this gorge cut by the Sandy River is geologically fascinating. Look closely at what has been sculpted from stone by time and the elements. It’s like discovering familiar shapes in clouds. In this spot, I see a cougar’s head, its right eye, and its muzzle, as it leans out to peer over the precipice of rock and ice. Don’t run. If you do, it will see you as prey.

Camera and settings: Nikon D7100 with 70-300mm lens; ISO 100; focal length 125mm; f/18 at 1/100.

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