Coyote running by the Great Salt LakeCoyote running by the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

This Coyote image always makes me smile. It was taken in early March of 2010 as the Great Salt Lake began to thaw and there was a hint of spring in the air. It was one of those bright days when you feel hopeful that winter is finally over and I wondered if the Coyote felt it too. Utah’s winters aren’t kind to the Coyotes with heavy snows that make hunting difficult, short days and bitter cold winds off of the lake. This Coyote just appeared to be enjoying that warmth of the sun as it trotted along. It almost seems that the Coyote was smiling that day. Maybe it was, I know I had a grin on my face.

Yesterday I read on the UBird group that the Tree Swallows have reached Antelope Island plus I have seen a Say’s Phoebe calling over the park headquarters and Sandhill Cranes near Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge so can spring be too far behind?