Montana Outdoors

October 20, 2014

Old trail… old dog…

Coyote

High in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains across the river, autumn has just painted the ridge tops with long brush strokes as the western larch have changed out of their green summer jackets and donned bright coats of gold, and an old trail up toward Sacajawea Peak has been calling my name, telling me it’s time for another visit. The section of trail where this photo was taken in June of 2007 has been discontinued, but I think of it often and still know where it is. I would like to think that the wild hunter in the photo is still around; if he is, he’s a very old dog!

June 21, 2007

Coyote

On a hike today, as I was nearing Sacajawea Peak I caught a glimpse of motion quite a distance ahead of me on the trail and just had time to get the camera into action to catch this guy. I sure wish I could have gotten closer, but he didn’t get that big by not being alert and cautious.

I got three shots of him, all hand-held at 12X, then cropped them to give a good look at one truly beautiful coyote. It was obvious from the scat he left laying around that he has been eating mostly rabbits (I have seen quite a few Showshoes in the area), and he’s in an area remote enough (about 5 miles from the nearest road) to be quite safe from humans. He has a good life.

The first photo I’ve posted is the original size at 12X. The next is a crop of it, then the next two are just cropped versions of the other two shots. My wife was a little spooked by the last one: that is an intense look!

Coyote

Coyote

Coyote

Coyote

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