Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Follow up to coyote post~Nature Notes~050312



I wanted to follow up on my previous coyote post.  Since I took those photos, I've been back walking in that area twice and I've seen coyotes there both times.  The first time there were indeed TWO of them.  Did I have my camera that day?  NOPE!  :-(    One sat and intently watched me and moved away.  The other one (I'm assuming it is its mate...) sat and watched me and flattened its ears.  I didn't move toward them.  They both were up on a little ridge, about 75 yards from me.  I turned around and left.  I'm thinking that they have pups somewhere up there and this is in the middle of the city.  Actually, there is open desert pretty much to the railroad tracks and freeway (Interstate 10).  However, there aren't any trails in this particular spot and they have free range for several acres of bush surrounding the city-owned golf course.  They have access to water and there are plenty of rabbits to eat.  The second time, this morning, I only saw one and it quickly disappeared.  How quick?  QUICK!  I couldn't even get my camera out to take a decent shot...So apparently this IS their territory.  People don't walk through their territory, although they do walk on 3 sides of it and they DO walk their dogs on the dirt roads around it.  But, I've walked through the middle of their area and there is no trail there.  It's an ideal spot for them...lots of cover and water nearby.  I hope people don't intrude on the family and I will continue to observe them.  Nature Notes for May 3, 2012.  You can just make out the coyote in the top photo.  Since he/she moved off, I took a couple of photos of their territory.  See...no trails through it and people don't usually walk through it either, although there are dirt roads around it.  To visit Nature Notes, please go here:   http://ramblingwoods.com/

5 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Nice to know where to keep an eye on the wildlife.

Rambling Woods said...

You should visit Cynthia's blog as she is a naturalist with a passion for coyotes....

http://www.withywindlenature.com/

Glad they have a safe place for breed where you are...Michelle

Cynthia M. said...

I'm very envious of your coyote encounters! Even your distant pics do the meeting justice. Most folks I know have a great coyote or fox encounter story... except me! Probably because I go looking for them. :) I need to put in a good word with Grandfather Coyote I suppose...

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Yes, sounds like perfect coyote habitat. Hope you can capture more photos in the future!

Pat said...

I love these shots of the desert!