When one farmer discing fields notices a hole in the ground and critters scampering scared, he knew to stop and see.
Gratefully he did, and in doing so, he witnessed a marvel in nature rarely observed by human eyes. Because these creatures are careful, wild, wily.
And I speak for most when I say these nature-dwellers by occupation are genuinely kind, and this older farmer called my farmer husband to come take a look.
Old farmer continued to disc, leaving a broad square of fertile ground untouched as he lifted his machine over top and dropped it yards away to keep on without disturbing.
Me, always uncertain at first, prefers the safety behind a lens.
Of course, that rarely lasts long…
These long-nosed mammals with traits divided between dog and wolf are often spotted in South Dakota territory, sly and quick in their hunting ways.
Recall the last time, an adult alarmed by a trail camera?
To see coyote pups is an excellent opportunity, and we took advantage of it because it may never occur again in their natural habitat.
Oh so fuzzy wuzzy!
They clung hard, but slept easily in warm arms until it was time to return to momma, long gone but always lurking nearby.
Instinctively, the five marched beneath the ground, ready for familiarity.
It was nice to meet them, good to hold them before they are long gone predator and watcher of all things small and dead.
Of course, old dog keeps an eye, even if a battle is a little past his prime.
Good to meet you, wild neighbors.
And one late night in peaceful rest, awaking to hear the screeching yips of success, we’ll smile at the shrill night’s howling…