Two days ago I posted images a Prairie Falcon taken in low light, today I am posting images of a Coyote (Canis latrans) in the sweet golden light that occurs right after the sun has risen.
I’m not exactly sure why this Coyote was wet but it had to have been from the water of the Great Salt Lake because the Coyote was along the causeway to Antelope Island, a couple miles from the park entrance and a couple to the island itself. Maybe the Coyote run out into the shallow water and splashed its belly, chest and tail because it was startled by some thing like a big truck. We came up on the Coyote just as the sun rose over the Wasatch Mountains and the sun bathed the Coyote in a warm golden light.
The first series of images I took of this beautiful mammal were blurry because my shutter speed was very slow, after a few minutes it did move up to 1/125th so I could create this image. I rested my lens on my window Noodle to stabilize it and fired away.
All that brown colored stuff the Coyote is standing on isn’t sand, the sand along the causeway is much lighter colored. Those are actually the pupal casings of Brine Flies, hundreds of thousands of them in a very small area.
We left the Coyote standing there in the sweet light to find its way forward on his or her morning journey along the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake.