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Posted By: Tom Lusk, 01-22-2007, 05:23 PM

This is as close to a landscape shot as I've taken in a long time.

On my way to work this morning I saw a three-legged coyote making his way along the ice on the River. As he/she was approximately 1/4 mile away, what I would normally have liked to be a strange wildlife shot turned into a strange landscape. The mist is where the open water is meeting the frigid air. This section of the River will be frozen over by Thursday.

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01-22-2007, 05:36 PM   #2
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Very nice, Tom. You can barely make out the form of a large white pine on the other side. I love the mood of this (and wish I had some of this scenery down here).
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Way cool (pun intended) shot.
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great shot!

I would seriously think about framing this one.

I think you should do more landscapes



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Great composition. Wish it was mine, I'd frame it in a very large size.

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that's a compelling shot Tom

I really like the composition, and how the lonely coyote stands there, deciding on something... is it food, or... ?

Great background for the subject too!

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I like this, there's a great sense of solitary (or solitariness?) as he looks out into the distance trying to pick up scent or sight. Very nice!
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A great compo, Tom. This is like a movie theme for dancing with wolves (even this is coyote )

Always great image from you, Tom

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Awesome Tom...really beautiful shot. Very well captured.
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An shot that conveys a story, evokes a response. Excellent!!

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That shot seems to speak to me. Isn't that what good photography is about. Its a calming feel with the loneliness of life. Wow
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A perfect example

Man, that photo moves me. Not so much solitude but, rather, loneliness.

What a mood and, as has already been said, that's what we take pictures for.

Thanks for sharing, Dan
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Now that is what my arctic smoke was supposed to look like. The coyote adds a nice focal point, too. Very nice indeed!

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Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Lonely and solitary are probably appropriate.

Desperate might be, too. Coyotes use their two front feet to pin down prey, after jumping in the air. Things must be tough for this poor specimen as his whole left front leg is missing, and hunting must be a real challenge.
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Solitude! That's the word I was looking for! Sheesh, it must've been a really long day for me yesterday.

Depending on when that Coyote lost his leg, he might not have any problems hunting. Humans and animals learn how to get around deficiencies very quickly, especially if we're were born with one. I remember watching a segment on television where a man without arms went fishing among many other things. He actually tied his hooks on with his feet and toes, then he baited the hook and casted the line into the water! To me that just seems impossible but to him it's the same as using hands.

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