I lost count of how many times people told me that this day would never come. But here it is… 15th May 2013. Six months to the day that I jokingly said ‘let’s make us Facebook official’ to hear ‘yeah, go on then’ in reply. Nobody thought me and Emma would last six months and here we are; Still going strong. So to anyone reading this that doubted we’d reach this milestone, the message is simple: you were wrong.
My eye caught a dark form lying on the river bottom. It took me a few moments to comprehend what I had stumbled upon. Lying peacefully in the shallow waters of the river, only a few meters from shore, was a full-grown cougar. The contrast between the serenity of the scene I was witnessing and what must have played out here in the cougar’s final moments made me shiver. It was the first shiver of many, as I stripped down and waded out into the icy water to get this shot. x