Monday, January 31, 2011

Canis latrans

These came from the belly of the beast: my external hard drive. These are oldies, took 'em way back in August 2008, while Zac and I were playing (and sometimes working) near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (what an awesome field site!).
I see coyotes fairly regularly but never seem to have the camera or the 500mm on me so these are the only coyote photos I've got.
I remember seeing this guy cruising through this sweet field of flowers. He came pretty close to us and I got overly excited as I tend to do, and had the camera settings all wrong. Totally wrong. ISO was bumped up to something crazy stupid and the f-stop was way too high. I was mildly angry at myself afterwards (just ask Zac). The camera and lens were pretty new at that point, I had only had them for a few months and hadn't even come close to learning proper technique. So, I have a lot of issues with these photos but either way, this coyote is a looker and he was awfully generous to pose for photos so nicely, even though I didn't know what I was doing at the time. I loved watching him trot through the flowers. He was a healthy looking guy and really quite pretty. Abc Wednesday (C) Outdoor Wednesday Nature Notes

41 comments:

joey said...

What a thrill! Thanks for sharing a unique moment and fun shoot.

Arija said...

I have no idea what you have to complain of, the coyote shows up pretty well any way and he really is a handsome fellow.

His face is so fox-like!

I saw a couple in California on a hillside full of poppies . . . no camera of course!, anyway it was long before digital.

Cheryl Ann said...

We have them down here in the desert and I frequently hear them when I'm out for my morning walk. They used to be out in the washes here by our home, 20 years ago, but, they have moved to less settled locations. I see them all the time up in the mountains, however! I took our son and daughter-in-law and baby up to see the horses one time and one ran across the road right in front of me on the way back down the hill! They were snatching dogs from owners out walking their pets in Palm Springs last spring, however...

Gary said...

Great photos just the same.Our coyotes are mixed, bigger than these guys, and sometimes red. About the size of a small wolf. I've missed 3 times. Once out of range, once no camera, and the other time I just wasn't fast enough. So you did well. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Out on the prairie said...

I enjoy listening to them. I have had few close encounters with them.A friend was rehabbing a pup and let it in the house for all to see. One move to quick and it jumped up in the air and ran around the room nipping everyone. It was put back in the pen.

biobabbler said...

Very nice. I just got a few shots of a coyote yesterday at our field site (Concord, CA) and don't have any lovely fat lenses, so he's TINY, but mostly it was really fun to see him/her just trotting along, very relaxed, casually hunting, watching cows, etc. =) Unharassed.

Barbara said...

They're great captures anyway - gorgeous creature.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

For having your settings all askew, your coyote pictures are light years ahead of mine! Sigh...
Someday I hope Wiley will cooperate for me...and I have my settings correct.

Sylvia K said...

I think they're terrific, Jill! Love the look on his face in the close up!! Looks as though he's asking you just what you're looking at!! Great one for the C Day! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Dina said...

I would be happy to have such good photos of the jackals here in our hills.
It's easier to record the jackal chorus than to photograph them.
Count your chickens indeed! hehe

Jingle said...

beautiful moment captured.
well done.
Cheers.

photowannabe said...

Great shots and fabulous choice for the letter C. Seeing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat is thrilling.

EG Wow said...

Neat photos. I would think a 500mm would be kinda heavy to carry around so I'm not surprised it's not always handy!

John S. Mead said...

It's such a thrill when you get an cool wildlife chance AND you have he right lens with you. You did a fine job of taking advantage of what Mama Nature offered you here!

Luna Miranda said...

wow, they look really fierce! these are amazing shots.

Gaelyn said...

Nice shots! I always get Way excited when I see wildlife and usually jiggle the camera. I do see some healthy looking coyotes on the NR.

We love Luna said...

Your pictures are excellent!
purrs and love
Luna

Dan said...

Wow, what a gorgeous guy! I love the picture of him trotting through the field.
Dan
-x-

Roger Owen Green said...

cool coyote, far from me.


On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, Thank you! ROG

LV said...

Enjoyed hearing the story about you and the coyotes. They look mean. Glad this one was watching you like you were watching him.

Kate said...

I think coyotes are really cool animals. I followed their footprints down an old road this afternoon....never saw anything.

Tumblewords: said...

Up close and personal - these are great shots!

KT said...

What a BEAUTIFUL creature! What great photographs...

I was on a run last year when I noticed a cayote run accross the path in front of me and stop about 20-30 feet next to it. Of course I was running and didn't have my camera!

Janie said...

He's a pretty boy. He looks like he's yawning in the first pic. We've seen them a few times on hikes, but they don't hang around long enough for photos.

Wanda said...

Oh these are exciting pictures. The last one reminds me of the wolf "Two Socks" in the movie Dances with Wolves.

Mama Zen said...

It's wonderful to see a coyote looking so healthy!

☺lani☺ said...

Interesting! I haven't seen a real one! Happy Mid-week!
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Light and Voices said...

Handsome coyote!
Joyce M

MyMaracas said...

We saw one from time to time in our backyard last winter. Being city folk, we were thrilled.

Nice candid shots of this fellow. I got a few of ours, but he was way out of range for my little point and shoot. Still, they are some of my favorite photos.

Marvin said...

Great shots of the coyote. We hear them often, see them every once and a while, but just don't have the camera for getting a photo.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous critter. Sometimes the camera settings don't matter as much as the capture.

Cheryl
ABC Team

Candace said...

I think your photos are fabulous and I would have been excited too! I know nothing about photography past point and shoot. What an exciting life you live! Mississippi from California? I would say that it will definitely take time to adjust. We just moved from Louisiana to New Hampshire. We have reverse adjustments to make! Everyone recycles here and we love it. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me. I'm enjoying your blog and your photography site! Candace

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I will put the most important thought first...What a very handsome one and these are truly remarkable images!!! Glad that you dug them out to share.
Now for the other part...hmmm so did I see a single Coyote, or a loan Wolf last summer ending, that I shared as a Wolf...oh my~

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shots. I'm glad you pulled them out of archive. :-) I've only seen a coyote once and was lucky enough to have my camera with me.

Dhemz said...

oh my...pretty scary...awesome photos though!
Visit my ABC: Carabao...Cousins entry as well. Have followed your blog, hope you can do the same. Thanks!

TheChieftess said...

Those top two photos are great!!! Great capture!

srp said...

I've heard them when we lived in Oklahoma and I've seen a couple at a distance even here in coastal Virginia, but never this close. Look at those eyes!!!

Natasha said...

I have never seen a coyote but we heard them when we were in Arizona at a campfire. It was really eerie but amazing! Great shots-thank you!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Rambling Woods said...

This helped me to decide what I have been seeing walking along the pond this winter at night when the snow is bright enough to illuminate everything. I was debating between fox and coyote knowing we have both... but coyote it is....thanks.. Michelle

Carver said...

Great shots. I love seeing the coyote in the field.

KaHolly said...

Excellent images! Coyotes are under attack up in Nova Scotia after some well publicized human attacks. I don't think they are getting a very fair deal.