Handsome Canine Creature

18 Feb

Driving over to IKEA the other day, we took a different route than usual. It’s a lovely drive up to the top of our mountains and then along the ridge. The weather was sunny and clear and we were enjoying the view. We stopped and turned around and went back for a better look at this handsome creature.

Gorgeous Coat

Healthy Looking Coyote

Looking back at us


I feel badly that he had to alter his plans for us but he clearly wasn’t freaked out or anything — just wanted a little distance between us.  What a lovely, lovely creature.  I especially love that he looks so healthy and content.  The kids got good looks at him — actually put down their DSes and looked and talked about him and everything!  🙂


11 Responses to “Handsome Canine Creature”

  1. Trixie 18 February, 2008 at 2:03 am #

    Is that a coyote on Highway 9? Gee, aren’t you the lucky ducks!

  2. Pam 18 February, 2008 at 4:06 am #

    He is one handsome dude! Glad you guys got to see him!

  3. jayne 18 February, 2008 at 4:24 am #

    How beautiful! Glad you all ran across him!

  4. Liza Lee Miller 18 February, 2008 at 8:12 am #


    No, we were up on Skyline Drive (go up to the top of Hwy 9 and turn left! 🙂 ). We do regularly see them in the area though — and I get to hear them sing in the summer mornings. This one is especially beautiful though. -llm.

  5. robin andrea 18 February, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    What a beautiful coyote. I’m so glad the kids had a chance to see this wild creature.

  6. Liza Lee Miller 18 February, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    Robin Andrea: Me too! We have seen some amazing creatures while driving. Finding that moment when you are driving, see something wonderful, have the time to stop, and can safely stop makes it all the more successful. We had that magic moment that day. I think the most memorable wild creature we’ve shared with the kids is a bobcat. It was like this one — we stopped and looked at it. It stopped and looked at us. Magic. I sat with the camera in my lap and never thought to lift it and snap. 🙂

  7. mon@rch 18 February, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    Such an amazing find for sure and love the photos you were able to capture! WOW

  8. Liza Lee Miller 18 February, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    Thanks for the good comments, guys. My husband drives over that same road a couple of times a week. He sees coyotes regularly. They are very common in this mix of urban/rural or more accurately rural near urband landscape.

  9. mary 18 February, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    Coyotes are striking, Liza, and your photos really did him justice! What a treat.

  10. Susan Gets Native 18 February, 2008 at 8:13 pm #

    A well-fed coyote….nice to see. Wish I could see one that HASN’T been flattened by a car.

  11. Miz S 19 February, 2008 at 2:49 am #

    Awesome pictures! Believe it or not, we have coyotes right here in the Nation’s Capital, in Rock Creek Park. Very adaptable animals.

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