Coyote and buffalo. Please click to enlarge.
Our Christmas drive yielded many great sights including coyotes. We see them from time to time. It's a treat, though not really a rare one.
We sometime hear their mournful howls in the night here in town. I've grown to enjoy their singing as it reminds me the wilderness is just a short walk outside my door.
Back when I was growing up we had forest all around us and it was filled with all the critters one would expect. We heard and occasionally saw coyotes, timberwolves, moose, deer, lynx, and bear. The sad longing song of the coyote filled many a night and punctuated cold clear winter days. It scared me then.
Today it simply reminds me of a former wild abundance.
I'm grateful to have been surrounded by the creatures of the wood, and today I am grateful when I see them again.