Snow Stalker – Coyote

Snow Stalker - CoyoteSnow Stalker – Coyote – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC sat 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Something about seeing Coyotes gives me hope for the human race despite how humans have tried to eradicate them for North America because to me they symbolize resilience, strength and determination. They face harsh circumstances; as many of us have, and yet they continue to go about the business of surviving. They even thrive under tough conditions, they learn where it is safe and learn to recognize danger. Some of us could take a lesson from that, myself included.

Yes, there is something about Coyotes that touches me…



  1. Sheila September 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I just read your post on FB about people “stealing” photographers images. That is exactly what they are doing – stealing. Unless permission has been given they have no legal right to use an image. Just like in the computer and even music business – people think software and music should be free for the taking. Never mind the creative property of the person or company. Really makes me mad.

    I have quit posting new photos on FB, until they resolve their privacy/posting laws. People are objecting, rightfully so, that no FB does not own what you post, but FB says they do. Not that my amateur shots would be used (but they are mine), but professional photographers images could.

    Beware of FB!

    Sorry this is happening!!

  2. Sheila September 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Mia, I just love this image!

  3. Elephant's Child September 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you. For your vision and your verb. With luck, when we eradicate ourselves some other species will remain. Like the coyote, rats, cockroaches and spiders…

  4. Montanagirl September 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    They’re just trying to survive, like so many other animals, or like we humans. And they’re just trying to feed their babies. People shoot at them around here, as they shoot at Porcupines, or most anything else that moves. Really irritates me.

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales September 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    A friend of mine sent me some photos of a colony of long-haired foxes that had managed to endure treacherous weather of extreme cold and somehow had managed to not only endure but thrive….I was so moved by them I used one as an image in a haiku sequence having to do with many of the things you refer to here. I have to tell you, when I did the first image I had to rework it because the initial reaction I got, to a person, was absolute dread and a questioning of just what I was into. It took me a long time to draw out of the image and the haiku just what was intended and had to bring in images of hymns and Wm. Blake’s “Tigre…tigre…” poem before anyone got it. When it comes to wildlife I wish there was some way to bring greater peace of mind to some of humanity’s ingrained irrational fear.
    Thanks Mia for doing a great job in this are… wish I could multiply you a hundred times over.

  6. Bob Bushell September 18, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Really really really great, I love it.

  7. Bryce Robinson September 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

    What a great post, Mia. It really brought a smile to my face.

  8. Hummingbirdlover September 18, 2013 at 8:24 am


    I love all critters also. and I so enjoyed seeing them last year. I love the sound of theirs howls and wolves to so much! great picture. I so miss the snow! and this picture lifts my spirit. Have a great day

  9. Patty Chadwick September 18, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Mia–you really “get it”-the reasons you state are why so many Native Americans highly respect coyote…they are clever, resilient and have much to teach….some call them Iktomi, the trickster, and much like a wise, clever uncle, can teach you many things by means of harmless tricks and humor. They will eat just about anything, other animals, dead or alive, bugs, fruit, you name it, which greatly increases their ability to survive…and, they’re smart!

  10. John Randall September 18, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Thank you Mia for the beautiful Image and wise words.

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