Friday, April 16, 2010

Reflections at the Oasis

These pictures are from last month when I went exploring and came upon an old horse trail.  I looked over the railing on top of the embankment and couldn’t believe how non-desert-like the area seemed with the water and green grass.  Just when I started taking some reflection photos, I had an eerie feeling that I was not alone.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure enough, there were two coyotes watching me.  I backed away because I’m afraid of them.

Just the day before I had seen a coyote tearing into a javelina (wild boar-like animal).  I’m so glad to have 20x zoom on my camera to snap pictures from a safe distance.

More Weekend Reflections at Newtown Area Photo here.

33 comments:

Barb said...

They did look very interested in you! Coyotes come through my yard and are on the trails and in the forest behind my house, but they are generally skittish and would run. Now, foxes are another story! It looks as though you have an oasis there in the desert!

Anya said...

Oopss...
those coyotes are looking not friendly, was you not scared ??
Very fantastic nature shots ...
Beautiful post :-)

Have a nice weekend
:)

James said...

It looks like a wonderful place to explore. I like the shots!

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

I think the Coyote was there because of the water.

Loree said...

Gosh, coyotes? Are they very dangerous? They look like tame dogs but I am sure they are not. The reflections were nice too :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely tones in those reflections! And those coyotes would make me feel a little uneasy too! But I'd have to get a photo just as you did on zoom!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful reflections, Diane, and I love the different colors in the water too! I'm glad you're safe from the coyotes!

Sunny said...

Lovely reflections. Those coyotes have a hungry look in their eyes.
Sunny :)

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful reflections, Diane! Neat sighting of the coyotes.

Clytie said...

The colors in the water are very pretty and make for beautiful reflections.

Those coyotes are so very beautiful, but I think I would have backed away as well. I've only seen them up close a few times, and they were running.

Julie said...

Oh, how scary...or at least it would be to me!!! Glad you stayed far enough away, for sure!!! They are kinda cute and I probably would have started calling them "Here puppy, puppy..."
Mistake.

Naturedigital said...

Beautiful photographs again Dianne.
Costas

Stephanie said...

Hello Dianne, that palm tree amazes me. The trees around the plant all dried but not the palm. Nice pics of the coyote and they look like they were looking at you even in a distance. Have a great weekend!

Gaelyn said...

What a beautiful place, hardly looks desert like. But those coyotes do look like they live in the desert. Great shots with that Big Zoom.

LadyFi said...

Wow! Great shots.. and coyotes up close! Amazing.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful reflection pictures, Diane. As I've said many times, you do live in a beautiful place.
Hugs,
Betsy

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I wonder at your remar of beng afraid of them Diane? Your Coyote is similar in size and is cousin of our jackal but they have an inborn instinct to be afraid of man and run away if you get near. Have these lost that instinct?

Regina said...

Beautiful reflections! Great captures as always Diane.
Happy weekend.

Diane AZ said...

Joan, these suburban coyotes seemed bolder than the ones in the wild. And, I couldn't see if perhaps there were more of them hiding behind bushes.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Great capture - with your lens!

Susan said...

Beautiful shots...and as much as I like coyotes, I'd stay well away too.

Louis la Vache said...

What a fine contribution to the Weekend Reflections meme, Diane!

DoanLegacy said...

Love all your shadows in the desert, and the coyotes are special bonus, though could be dangerous!

cieldequimper said...

Diane you've just made me jealous again. I took a walk in Paris today but I saw no coyotes...

Self Sagacity said...

I can't believe you saw those coyotes. I would have not been so brave to stand around. I am just afraid of wild animals in general.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Gorgeous reflections and wonderful composition in all of these photos.

Arasu said...

Interesting and nice captures. The reflections on dark water look beautiful.

Martha Z said...

I haven't been afraid of coyotes in the past, now that you tell of seeing them tear into a javalina, I may think twice!.

Your sky shots are gorgeous and the kestrel, I have tried often but never gotten close enough for a good shot. Great post!

betchai said...

oh, love desert oasis, so full of life, and your pictures describe it well. i am afraid of coyotes too.

Misalyn said...

Lovely reflection shots Diane. Desert oasis always fascinates me like what we have here in Al Ain City.

I've been to Al Ain Zoo last week and it was my first time to see a coyote for real but it was in huge cage.

blog with no name said...

Best not to trust them! I have seen a coyote act just like a domestic dog and get someones dog to follow it, and then lead it right into more that were waiting off at a distance... A little corn pollen in their direction will give them a blessing and they will leave you alone.

Evelyn said...

Great photos, but it would have been scary! Glad all is well.

Ayie said...

good thing you backed away...coyotes are wild