Last summer my wife and I visited Carmel California for a wedding. During the evening's, I drove along the coast looking for an opportunity to photograph the Milky Way. Late on August 5th, I headed out and found an opening in the sky off the 1 highway where I could see an abundance of stars. I hadn't been in the area, so I took my headlamp and hiked a trail I found for about two miles. I became pretty startled as I hiked, when I saw some eyes in the distance and just thinking it was a deer, I found myself approaching a large cat perched in a tree staring me down as I walked past. Undeterred though, I continued on, while looking back every so often, but ended eventually up on a cliff overlooking the ocean. I captured this scene around 1 am. The spookiness of the night was very representative of the image I felt.