Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Death Valley :: Wiley Coyote

On the day that I drove down Badwater Road to the Devil's Golf Course and Badwater, I continued a bit further on for another 20 miles or so. I saw something crossing the road in the distance. Slowing down as I got closer, I saw that it was a coyote. It stood along the side of the road as I pulled over and stopped, trying to get the passenger side window down and grabbing my camera at the same time.

It was very close, within two or three feet of the side of the car. I took several quick shots thinking it would soon continue on its way. However, it just stood there watching me and I watched it. Realizing that I had a little more time, I zoomed in a bit to get a few closeup shots. It was incredible.

Five minutes went by and the coyote was still there. It was a little unnerving to look it in the eye. I'm guessing that at some time it had been fed by someone in a car, otherwise I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't have stuck around so long. It was still standing there as I drove off a few minutes later.


Carol said...

Does my keyboard run out of OHHHH WOW???

What an amazing experience, and of course, amazing photos!

Lori said...

Awesome! These guys are making a big comeback in Ohio.

Greta Koehl said...

What incredible pictures! I have heard about their reappearance in a number of places, but to actually see one that doesn't run away ... as Carol said - wow!

Jasia said...

Amazing, Becky! What an awesome opportunity you had to get up close and personal with a coyote in the wild. Great pics, thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

You will never forget this experience. And look at his teeth, ouch. Perfect photos.