December 2, 2009

complex and clever

A friend came upon a coyote in the woods today,  crouched down and guarding a meal not meant for him. The beast did not want to relinquish his prize; the man retreated, then returned, shouting, "Go on, get away!" With a baleful glare, the coyote slowly turned, then vanished into the trees. My friend was frightened - a rare occurrence - and wonders if he really won that battle. He says he felt himself watched as he left the woods, and dreads returning.


The coyote is formally known as Canis latrans, with the English word coming from the Spanish; Spanish conquistadors borrowed the word from the Nahuatl coyotl. Coyotes play an important role in the mythology of many Native American nations, where the coyote is often depicted as a trickster god. Coyote legends often include complex and clever shenanigans and tricks in which an anthropomorphized Coyote pulls the wool over everyone's eyes.

Coyotes look a lot like dogs, with brownish-gray to yellow-gray fur and a classic canine profile. They are also extremely bold, and very clever. Coyotes are famous for being heard and not seen, with a wide array of vocalizations including yips and howls which are often included in Westerns for ambiance. However, these canids are also extremely bold, and they are typically unafraid of people when they encounter them. from

I can't say why that story and these images go together, but they do. Can you figure it out? If so, will you explain it to me?

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"The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism."  - John C. Calhoun


karey m. said...

i LOVE the snow! i just tweeted about blog snow earlier!

it's magic. greedy girl wants some and i promised her i'd buy it for her! help!

plus those pics in this post are beyond. well done.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The dwelling places that have comfortably housed these creatures for years and years are now slowly eroding into nothingness, giving over to the sprawl of humanity. This erosion is much like what is taking place within these dwelling places of man shown in these photographs.

susan said so said...

Pamela - that's it, exactly! Thank you for helping me see what I knew, but couldn't define.


Marsha said...

Or, it is something as simple as the color, texture, and mood depicted in the story and interior photos. There is a feeling/look of timelessness, although certainly all are endangered and a bit dangerous.


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