When you hear animals creeping along your porch, you think stray dogs or cats are probably responsible — or maybe a bold raccoon. You don't think it's going to be a mother lynx and her family of seven kittens. But such was the case for Tim Newton when he awoke to the sound of paws on his deck Wednesday morning. The Anchorage man thought it was cats, but he didn't think it would be, well, big cats.
Newton, a professional photographer, naturally reached for his camera to capitalize on the the rare opportunity to photograph the cats. The cats played on the deck for about 40 minutes before their mom ushered them back into the woods. Enjoy the photos below and if you want to see more of Newton's photo session with the lynx, check out his Facebook page.