10”x10” oil on gallery wrapped canvas.
This piece will be offered at the Faith and Outdoors event in Sullivan, MO on March 24. Come out and show your support and possibly take home a piece of my artwork.
Coyotes are naturally very curious animals. They’ve been known to “stare down” humans. I don’t think this is meant to be a sign of aggression or intimidation, I think it is simply a moment of trying to figure you out. They want to know what you are and what you’re doing. As I travel and study wildlife more while gathering photographic reference material for my artwork, I notice more and more, wild animals that simply “watch you back”. I have tons of photos of this behavior…..mule deer, elk, various birds, whitetail deer, coyotes….and even a black bear, sitting around watching traffic.
I feel I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to get outdoors and wander and to view the wildlife in their natural area. I instantly feel at peace and relaxed when out there. As John Muir said, “Wilderness is not only a haven for native plants and animals but it is also a refuge from society. It’s a place to go to hear the wind and little else, see the stars and the galaxies, smell the pine trees, feel the cold water, touch the sky and the ground at the same time, listen to coyotes, eat the fresh snow, walk across the desert sands, and realize why it’s good to go outside of the city and the suburbs. Fortunately, there is wilderness just outside the limits of the cities and the suburbs in most of the United States, especially in the West.”
Oh how right John was…..wilderness can be found just outside the limits of the cities or burbs….but it can also sometimes be found within the limits. As we encroach upon the wildlife habitats, they have to adapt to smaller areas or move into ours. It seems like there are constant news stories about wild animals being a “nuisance” in cities. Coyotes prowling through back yards looking for table scraps or trash and in some cases preying on small, house dogs and cats. Towns paying money to try and relocate or curb whitetail deer populations that are getting out of hand and causing property damage and vehicle accidents. And then there are the more recent spottings of larger game moving through such as the recent sightings of black bears throughout Missouri and the confirmed sightings of mountain lions in populated areas such as Chesterfield just a year ago. What can we expect as the wilderness areas dwindle? We do have parks and preserves set up but these animals do not know of boundaries.