# ORCOS 24

This patch of Lily-of-the-Valley was found along the southern Oregon coast in spring. They were growing beneath some Sitka Spruce trees on a bluff about 150 yards from the ocean. The thick leaves of this plant offer some resistance to the constant salt spray in the coastal atmosphere. Some front tilt on the view camera helped to align the subject plane with the film plane and maintain near and far focus. Soft, shadow-free morning light is common along the coast in the Pacific Northwest but the accompanying lack of wind made the 3 second exposure possible. After about 45 minutes and a few sheets of film I looked up and saw a bobcat emerge from dense brush into an open field. The view camera which I was using is great for scenics and closer views but works poorly for wildlife images. This was the only time I've seen a bobcat in the wild. I tried to make it back to the pickup for a 35mm camera and a long lens but after about 20 seconds the bobcat retreated back into the brush.

Toyo 45 AII camera with Nikon 150/5.6 lens on Fuji Velvia film -  3 sec at f/45