Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wild Thing

The silence of late summer nights in South Pas is often broken by coyote song from the nearby hills and Arroyo. Usually the sound is disembodied. Yesterday, next to Brookside Golf Course at the Rose Bowl, one of those late night singers materialized for an afternoon jog...

25 comments:

Tash said...

Oh, you shot him so well :)
Perfect title.

Tash said...

PS - I added a comment to the Whatchumacallit post...that brought back memories.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

are you sure its not a bob cat?

Mister Earl said...

Many of the coyotes are not afraid to wander around in the neighborhoods of South Pas. Occasionally, I'll see one or two sauntering up Meridian. Keep your cats and small dogs in protected places!

@Tash Come Monday is on of my favorite songs, especially the melody of the part that goes, "I spent four lonely days in a brown LA haze..."

Mister Earl said...

Soon the "e" will be dropped from "one" for lack of usage by the Boomers.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing a bobcat.

altadenahiker said...

Bob cat or coyote, it's always a thrill for me to see a wild animal out and about. This one looks like he's running around the track.

Mister Earl said...

Just noticed the title: Song by Angelina Jolie's uncle!

WV: ardias. That critters getting in some laps, but he'd be happier wearing ardias on his paws.

Judy Williams said...

I had to grin, as you captured him in mid-scamper!! Ironically, I saw one just like that running across the road about a mile from my house day before yesterday.

The composition of this shot is spot on. The curve, the shadow, the gray blue and complimentary gold of the dry grass, stripe and coyote. I love everything about it.

Judy Williams said...

I've been comparing images of bobcats and coyotes and I think that it is probably a coyote that may have lost part of its tail for whatever reason. The bobtail cats have a thicker hind quarter and legs. Coyotes have the thinner legs that this guy appears to have. Although it's a little hard to tell, I'm not seeing the telltale spots of a bobtail on this critter either. Whatever, I still like it. :)

Bellis said...

I'm with Judy - it's a fantastic photo - you should enter it into a competition. At first I thought the coyote was on a skateboard.

I've driven (carefully) behind a bobcat running along a road in Flintridge and they have much fatter bums than this little guy.

Judy: thanks for liking my dog Abby. She needed rehoming (Craig's list) and I didn't know what she looked like when I went to get her. Wasn't I lucky?

Laurie said...

NO, guys. Not a bobcat. This was a coyote. He stopped and scratched himself, scampering around just like a dog. I've seen plenty of coyotes but this one looked really well fed, with the nicest coat. Must be all the leftovers from the restaurant at the golf course...

Mike said...

Yeah, that is definitely a coyote. What a shot, Laurie. Seriously, this is so good.

TheChieftess said...

Hopefully it's from all the leftovers at the restaurant!!! Definitely a coyote!!! cats don't move like that...

Laurie said...

It was thrilling to see him. He was completely unimpressed by all the joggers, cyclists and golfers. I watched him scampering around for quite a while before he tore off around the track like he'd done it a million times. It's been a banner week for wildlife spotting. The day before THAT, Little Bit and I saw a jackrabbit on the Arroyo hiking trail and last week a hawk was perched in the tree outside our house.

Mister Earl said...

Sounds like we're in a Disney cartoon. Soon the animals will be singing and dancing!

Kat said...

Wow-- I was at the same spot yesterday-- though for more of a walk than a jog-- but I clearly went at the wrong time. Fantastic shot. I love coyotes-- although I make sure my dogs are safely inside when dusk falls and the coyote songs start....

Michael Coppess said...

Great great photo. When I see coyotes, I generally see them in the early morning. I think it is unusual to see them in the afternoon like this.

Judy Williams said...

I like Mr. E's idea of the Disney movie. The little birds are flying above, tying strips of discarded ribbon, into bows. I still love how you got both of his back legs off of the ground. hee hee - I love wildlife.

Margaret said...

nice shot!

Mister Earl said...

The last Saturday of every month, they have an animal race around the Rose Bowl. A jack rabbit leads them out and there are deer and coyotes and bobcats and all kinds of animals. This guy was actually left behind by the other coyotes, but he wasn't going to give up.

Laurie said...

Actually, I should have looked for the roadrunner! ;-)

Mister Earl said...

But then you'd have to look out for the one-ton weight, the crate of dynamite, and the cliff!

WV: grateraf. We had a grateraf over this one!

Laurie said...

And the Acme truck. Don't forget the Acme truck...

Laurie said...

BTW, welcome Michael! I often lurk at your wonderful Pasadena blog. (Everyone who doesn't already follow Michael, check him out at East of Allen .