Saturday, 13 May 2017

TORRES DEL PAINE - Patagonia, Chile - A Short Story

After a slight hiatus due to spending time developing my new website (not writing related) I am returning to my series of short stories inspired by my photos from my recent South American journey.

The puma sat up on the hillside secure in the belief that he was adequately camouflaged by the surrounding vegetation.

The hare wasn’t fooled but she knew if she sat motionless, the cat wouldn’t spot her.

What the hare didn’t know was that the puma had been scouting the area for likely looking prey and had spotted a small herd of Andean Deer.

Unfortunately for the puma, the deer were ranging over an exposed slope. He knew that he wouldn’t be able to creep close enough to strike and catch one.

He turned his attention towards the guanaco and spotted a baby in the middle of the herd.

Hmm. He would need to isolate the youngster if he was to have any hope of making a kill.

There! The calf was fast asleep. He had found the perfect candidate.

As an added bonus, the parent clearly wasn’t paying attention. 

Now if he could sneak in close enough…

Alas, a Southern Lapwing sounded the alarm. 

Alerted to danger, the guanaco herd loped away.

Frustrated, the puma started scanning the area again.

If he was lucky, he might find a nice, juicy hare for a little snack instead.

I hope you enjoyed my fourth story in my South America series. I'd love you to leave a comment.


  1. Oo-er! It's a jungle out there :)

  2. Yes! But I was thrilled to bits when I saw that puma!

  3. And we still don't kknow whether the hare was caught! Torres del Paine - I know torres are towers but what is El Paine?

  4. Hi Liz, 'del Paine' doesn't translate. I think it's just a name. :)

  5. Oh, the poor hare. I hope he escaped. ;-)

  6. Beautiful photos! I'm always torn with stories like this. I don't want the predator to starve, but I can't help hoping its prey will escape!

  7. Wow, great pictures. I would love to see a puma in the wild. And that hint of mountain in a few shots - I want to go to Patagonia! Nice how you interweaved the pictures with words to create the story.

  8. Trent, I highly recommend Patagonia as a travel destination. The National Parks are wonderful and seeing that puma was the icing on the cake.


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