Coyote Stare Down
This might be the worst quality game trail camera photo I’ve published in quite a while. The original was taken through a badly dew covered lens. Everything was WAY grey and overly light. Similar to the tree on the upper left of the image with the blue tint. I had to resort to several seldom used digital darkroom tricks in order to bring it back to reality, more or less. It’s a bit dark but the image was in deep shadow to start with. I thought the situation was worth sharing though 😀 📸 .
There is SOOOO many things to talk about here. First of all, the May 1 date is late here posted in mid June as I haven’t checked this camera for several months. This is not unusual. At 7 AM on that morning, the sun hasn’t reached this spot yet to melt the frost off the lens. If you note, it was a HARD FREEZE May 1 at 20 degrees. The apple crop is toast this year of all years. A frost that hard that late will and has hurt many things. I’ve noticed the damage for the last month around. Tough dry weather this spring too. (FYI, the barometric pressure is uncorrected for our 4000 foot elevation relative to sea level. ).
So this is literally a silent camera, no Infra-red flash here as it was in daylight mode already. Obviously “Wiley” stopped to “Check it out” just incase the Road Runner set up Elmer Fudds Gun on a trip wire. I understand Elmer lost his gun and is now using dynamite. The camera is actually pretty well hidden too being obscured in a fence line with branches all around. I hadn’t touched it for over a month so no scent. I’m not sure that he just picked up the non-natural appearance but I’ve never seen a coyote studying a pretty stealthy game trail camera so intently. 👀 👀 📸
Location: Bliss Dinosaur Ranch, Wyoming/Montana borderlands
Title: Coyote Stare Down