Sharing moments in time…

Yellowstone – Friendliest Coyote Ever


We were riding down one of the roads in North Yellowstone when we saw this coyote walking down the center of the street in front of us.  As we pulled closer, he (or she) moved closer to the side of the road but he wasn’t yielding the whole road to us.  As we pulled ahead, and moved onto one of the turnouts, he seemed perfectly content to follow us into the field and continue to get his picture taken.  Several other cars/photographers had joined in the fun by this time.  Here’s a photo I took as he was passing by….

Look'em into the eye

Look’em in the eye

As he kept going past us, I was also able to take this photo to give a better view of the entire animal and its surroundings with the beautiful snow capped mountains in the distance.

Beautiful day, spectacular view, and a new friend

Beautiful day, spectacular view, and a new friend

Some of the other photographers were also able to capture the scene.  Dan Munson was nice enough to send us this photograph of the coyote passing by me.  I tried not to move as he approached me head on and then just gave me a glance as he passed by….nice.  Thanks for sending the photo Dan!

Close coyote encounter

Close coyote encounter

6 responses

  1. What a beautiful coyote. It must have been a rare treat to see him so close. It looks like he passed just a few feet in front of you. He must have been looking for his 15 minutes of fame the day you were there.

    June 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    • Thanks Jackie,
      I was glad to help him with his 15 minutes! It was such a surprise to see such a wild animal with no fear of humans. We get coyotes here in the canyons of San Diego but they are a little more wary of humans….

      June 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  2. Ooh Scott I would have freaked out if he came so close. These are awesome pictures, thank you for sharing them AND the adventure you had as you went about taking these shots! 🙂

    June 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    • RR – Thanks…and it was TRULY my pleasure. This is one of those moments that stick with you long after it happens!

      June 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

  3. Landscape shot is great Scott! I know at least one Scottish photographer is still crossing his fingers that his lost images reappear!

    June 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

    • Thanks Ross. He still hasn’t recovered his files yet?

      June 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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