Here in the Pacific Northwest we have been seeing a lot of hot weather lately, which has made for some very pleasant late afternoons and gorgeous sunsets. I took a short drive up to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy the beautiful magic hour light at the end of the day, and to see what critters were out and about.
Very shortly after entering the tour route, I noticed some very slight movement within a field of flowers. After a few minutes of watching quietly, I saw a young Coyote hunting for his dinner. He was slowly winding his way through the flowers, occasionally stopping to pounce upon an unlucky victim. Of special note, it was very interesting to see that the Coyote would stop and literally smell the flowers, much like a human would. He would stick his snout right into the flowers and appear to be taking a deep breath; it certainly put a smile on my face. 🙂
These photographs were made with Canon equipment: Canon 1D Mk4, Canon 500mm + 1.4 TC mounted on a Skimmer Ground Pod atop a Skimmer Sack Beanbag over the window opening of my car door. Settings: f/8, 1/320, ISO 400, + 1/3rd exposure compensation.