My Coyote image in Dave Barry’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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In August I was contacted about the use of my peeing Coyote image for Dave Barry’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and since I am a fan I decided to allow them to use it. I didn’t ask how they were going to use it because I wanted to be surprised. I mean, it is a peeing Coyote so however it was used I expected it to be funny.

A little background on the story behind the image: In October 2012 I was photographing the Coyote along the causeway to Antelope Island State Park as it traveled through the mudflats and then the Coyote stopped to pee. It was a pretty dull day but the Coyote stood out well from the mud. (I flipped the image horizontally so it is shown here as it is in the gift guide with the coyote facing to the right.)

Yesterday I was sent the link to Dave Barry’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide in the Miami Herald and as I scrolled through the article and came across my coyote image I laughed so hard tears almost fell.

I love what he did with my Coyote, it is very Barry unique!

Laura Erickson; a Facebook friend, author and fellow bird lover, had her nighthawk tapeworm featured in Dave Barry’s 1994 Holiday Gift Guide. Dave called the tapeworm Roger and you can read about it here on Laura’s blog. Yes, a tapeworm. 🙂

Last night Laura and I were chatting and Laura said we should have a drink to celebrate our unique standing in the nature community.

And my reply: Maybe a Tequila with a worm.

Life is good. And funny.



  1. Wally November 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Now, THAT was a great link!
    Congratulations, Mia, on your photograph making it into such a prestigious publication! 🙂

  2. Utahbooklover November 24, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for the Dave Berry link. Enjoy his humor and his use of your image. I wonder if the coyote urine would deter voles?

  3. Ingrid T November 24, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I’m not sure I should admit that I knew about those mermen ornaments! 😉 Great work, Mia, in a unique context! You must have had some great coyote pee SEO! Congrats.

  4. Susan kopchinsky November 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Congratulations Mia, that is great fun.

  5. Elephant's Child November 23, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Big smiles.
    You can keep the tequila – and the worm though.

  6. Sarah Mayhew November 23, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hahahaha! The tape worm is good too! 🙂

    • Mia McPherson November 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      🙂 I laughed too Sarah!

  7. Lois Bryan November 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Always been a huge fan of Dave Barry, also … in fact, I was just talking about him the other day and wondered what he was up to … now I know!!!! Great, great image … big fun!!!! Laughing away, here!!!! Congratulations, Mia!!!!

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