Ghostly Coyote

Ghostly Coyote

Ghostly CoyoteD200, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The weather here in Utah has been abysmal for days, torrents of rain have flooded areas in southern Utah and it has been foggy, rainy and just plain gray for days here in the Salt Lake valley. I’m itching to get back out photographing birds.

Yesterday there was a thick bank of fog over Antelope Island State Park but we saw quite a few coyotes moving in through it, all of them looked ghostly.

I know a great many people don’t like Coyotes (Canis latrans) but I do. We humans displaced them from many of their natural habitats and we put a bounty on their heads. We built homes, factories, farms and buildings on lands the coyotes hunted and we wonder now why more coyotes are showing up in urban areas?

For me, there is something about the call of the coyotes that puts me deeply in touch with nature, it is a call of the wild. I’d much rather listen to the howling coyotes than some screaming child in a grocery store or car horns honking on the freeway. One is music to my ears the other a horrible buzz.


One Comment

  1. Azstu December 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Wonderful shot. I am a big fan of coyotes too ( despite their interest in my cats).. very majestic looking imo.

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