Any day that I see a Coyote is a great one, seeing a pair of them it is even greater and yesterday I photographed a pair of them I am very familiar with. The sun had been up long and there was still a golden glow to the light when I began to photograph the coyotes from the causeway overlooking the blue water of the Great Salt Lake. The larger of the two laid down right next to the shoreline.
And the other Coyote crossed the causeway and walked slowly up to the one on the shore. I know that second one well and have been following it since the 16th of February.
This Coyote was injured some time before the 16th of February and to see it healed now gives me a sense of relief and joy. When I saw it after its injury I was not 100% sure it would survive. But it has.
I love seeing Coyotes especially along the shore of the Great Salt Lake.
The first day I saw this Coyote with the injury was February 16th, I believe that the injury was caused by fighting over food or territory. In some photos I took that day you could see into the coyote’s nasal passage. It was not pretty and I wasn’t sure that the coyote would survive.
Nine days later though I photographed the injured Coyote and the healing process had begun. It looked and acted healthy.
And nine days later I could see more healing.
By the time I took this image on April 28th the healing process was pretty much finished with very little scarring to the Coyote’s muzzle but I can tell this is the same one because of the “Roman Nose”, a slight hump on the bridge of the muzzle.
Yesterday when I took this image of the Coyote curled up in the morning sun it felt good to know that nature healed it and I have been privileged to photograph this beautiful animal on the path of its recovery.
Life is good.