Saturday, November 12, 2011

Coyote at Condie Nature Refuge

Late fall, a coyote.

A golden day when the light falls soft and yellow on dry reeds, and the wind rustles stalks and seeds as it draws across the prairie.

Ahead, a movement counter to the fingers of the wind.

A small creature weaves its own path over the field, sees us, stops, ears perked, body still. Watching. Ten minutes pass before it slinks away into tall grass.

Half hidden, watch and wait.   
The stream through the refuge
These conifers, above, are not native here. They were planted long ago, when landscape designers believed the introduction of artist foreign elements would enhance natural beauty. Or so explains an old interpretive sign on the hill behind.

What is this? Prairie coyote. 
Location: Condie Nature Refuge, near Regina, Saskatchewan.
Photo Date: October 10, 2011.


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