Over the last year or so I have had several smiles based around the wild animals I saw. For instance, one week a seal came close to my kayak to investigate and I got a few photos. Or what about seeing a bear up close and personal? There were osprey and baby hummingbirds and even a bobcat. This week carries on the tradition.
I was on Cape Cod at the end of last week. Friday started off wet and rainy. I took a walk right after the rain ended, so it was still grey and damp. As I was walking down the road, a little “dog” was trotting up towards me. I almost instantly realized what it was and stopped. I put my hands on my hips, which may have been a mistake, since it suddenly noticed me. The coyote (did you guess?) stopped and stared for a second before running through the yard next to me and back into the woods. Funny thing, to get to the woods it actually crossed the road to get closer to me, so I got a very good view.
I knew there were coyotes around. You can hear them yipping and occasionally howling late at night. I’ve also seen coyotes on a few occasions in the past, but usually at a distance. This was as close to one as I have ever been.
As when I saw the bobcat, I was a little surprised at how small it was. But then, both of them (bobcat and coyote) were around 40 lbs (18 kg), so not huge animals. I think of a coyote as being bigger than my my boxer, but my boxer weighs almost twice as much, so, no.
Also, I was not as close to the coyote as I was to the black bear I saw this summer. Uhm, I was way to close to the bear! Perhaps 15 feet (3 meters). I was more like 25 to 30 feet from the coyote (8 to 10 m). Close enough for a good look, but not too close for comfort. I did not have my dogs with me, so no worries there.
It is always cool seeing wildlife out in the wild, so my smile this week was seeing a coyote while taking a walk.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).