Sunday, April 7, 2019

An Image and Its Story - March 2019

March was full of photos, most of them taken during our trip to Arizona. My chosen photo of the month is from the last day of that trip, when we were already back in Northern California on our way to cross the Sierra Nevada near Tahoe. This is not a very good photo - shot with my phone out of a driving car in bad light - but still, I had to. Do you see why I shot this photo?


Of course it's because of the coyote. These animals keep a special spot in my heart, they are my spirit animal and I just like their cleverness, sassyness, resilience and admire their incredible ability to adapt to all kinds of surroundings and environments.

The Navajo refer to the coyote as "God's dog"  and coyote appears in Native American legends as an evasive and puzzling character, playing the multiple roles of fool, trickster and demi-god. When Kaefer was a little girl, one of our favorite books was Harriet Peck Taylor's "Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies". Coyotes have outstanding survival skills and you can find them in almost any environment - deserts, forests, prairies, mountains and cities (I probably forgot a few). There are many people who outright hate them, but I love and respect them. They are wild animals trying to survive in an often hostile environment.


7 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Amazing shot.
And hooray for coyotes. Tricksters and survivors.

Barb said...

I love the falling snow and the almost-disappearing coyote, Carola. I haven't seen one this winter, but they come in the night, and I find paw prints on the trails behind the house. March is the month they breed, so soon pups will be born.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great capture! Coyotes are amazing. I had seen a program on the urban coyotes and was fascinated by their adaptability!

windrock studio said...

We have always felt the same way, all those wonderful things you listed!

Lowcarb team member said...

So pleased you were able to capture this on your mobile phone.

All the best Jan

Jeanie said...

This is a wonderful image, Carola. Your mobile has a great lens!

Karen Lakis said...

Good catch! I can’t say that I’m overdone of coyotes, but I do respect them. We have some living near our home - and one morning, on an early walk with my dog, I heard one howl at us. It was still dark and I didn’t see him, but we both jumped! I appreciated the warning but have been a little fearful on our walks since then.