Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 08/25/2013


Photo taken on August 25, 2013


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Coyote

Coyote
The sharpest brain in the West, and that includes most humans.

I have seen 2 coyotes hunting both sides of a canyon together, each catching whatever the other stirred up. I've noticed their favorite place to panhandle alongside the road in Death Valley...as good a choice as any experienced hitchhiker could make... where they can be seen from a distance and there is plenty of space for even the biggest Winnebago to pull over.

Riding on top of our 4-runner on a slow dirt road, I have looked down to see a coyote loping along in the ditch, very much aware of the line of sight from the truck windows and keeping below it. I've seen a coyote out on a flat playa, no holes, no rocks, suddenly disappear from my sight...and I couldn't find him when I walked out to where he disappeared.

And although they make many noises, when they come in to your desert campfire at night to see if you'll toss them something, they almost always give the full Hollywood howl that even the most citified tourist will recognize.

Peter Van Der Houwen, southern♥girl, Tim Hanko, SkagitLily / Rita & John and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
tiabunna
tiabunna
A lovely shot. It looks and sounds as though they're very like our dingos.
4 years ago.
Kathleen Thorpe-AWAY
Kathleen Thorpe-AWAY
What a fantastic experience! Great capture.
4 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
A handsome fellow, indeed! Many people don't like coyotes visiting their campfires, but I quite like hearing their songs.
4 years ago.
SkagitLily / Rita & John
SkagitLily / Rita &…
I've always loved coyotes. Except for the one who let loose with that howl too near my bedroom window... when I scraped myself off the ceiling I realized why we can hear them from such great distances... :)
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Beautiful photograph ! Ours here are alot smaller and darker. I love them... we have 2 packs.. and its music to me to hear them call. they dont bother us... and I hate the bad rap they get. They ARE the sharpest of brains !

Also totally agree on the disappearing trick they pull off with ease. Smoke and mirrors !
4 years ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
Wild and beautiful.
4 years ago.
Magda Möller
Magda Möller
I have never seen one this close up.....lovely capture.They remind me a little of our jackal....but more dog-like.
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Superb portrait!
4 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
I agree with your sentiments. I love to catch a glimpse of these wily creatures and love even more to hear them singing in the night.
4 years ago.
XOZ
XOZ
Superb capture! I am in awe.
4 years ago.
Gary Robertson
Gary Robertson
Enjoyed your commentary and photo. Their howl typifies "the call of the wild" and can cause night-time shivers. Used to hear their call often at night -- sadly -- very, very rarely these days.
4 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you for sharing the wild life of your country!! Very interesting and what a nice capture! Bravo!
2 years ago.