Monday, June 15, 2009

The coyotes

This morning, just as I was about to open the door to the van for Pono and I to take our morning walk, Pono climbed into the passenger seat, looked intently out the window, and began to quiver. I directed my gaze in the same direction as the excited dog when I saw three adult coyotes and two coyote pups!!! How exciting! (I quivered, too, but for different reasons than Pono.) I am glad I was paying attention, because if I had let Pono out, I am certain there would have been trouble. Pono would have wanted to go after those coyotes, and with pups to protect, those three adults would most likely have attacked my dog. I kept the door to the van closed, and proceeded to watch the coyotes for about 15 or 20 minutes.

I only have a small camera, so these photos are not the best quality. Even though the adult coyotes got pretty close to the van, the pups were much more cautious. So the only good shot of a pup is from a distance that my tiny camera couldn't quite cover. I am including it anyway. That is the first time I have seen coyote pups before.

After a while, I did drive further down the road, so that Pono could enjoy his morning walk/run.

I am re-doing my website, and I hope to have it up and running by the middle of the week!!! I will post the news when I finish it.

Another cactus in my garden bloomed a couple of days ago. I love these cactus blooms! They don't last long, but they are so brilliant. You can also see a portion of the courtyard area in front of our house.

I leave you with a small painting I finished before my Colorado trip. It is oil on board, measuring 8 x 10 inches. I titled it "From the Past." It will be available for sale on my new website! (you can also email me, if you can't wait that long.) The larger painting I have been working on over the weekend did not turn out the way I wanted it to, so it is drying. I will re-work it once the paint dries. I hope to have another big one finished by the end of the week. Stay tuned.

Happy Monday, everyone!


L.Holm said...

You live in the most amazing place, Karine! These shots are great. Good thing Pono didn't tangle with them.
Lovely painting. Has me curious about the title.
Looking forward to seeing your new site.

High Desert Diva said...

Glad Pono was still in the van!

We went cactus shopping the other day...brought 4 home.

Hope the new site is coming along well!

(I see a speakeasy door/window in that painting...wonder where that image came from???)

Red Fish Circle said...

It is amazing how well they blend in with the dessert. Gorgeous pictures. I have never seen a coyote pup before either, we do have coyotes in my neighborhood here in suburban Atlanta which we have spotted from time to time.

Robyn said...

It's such a treat reading about a world so different to mine. Desert and Coyotes!

Abby Creek Art said...

Great new painting, Karine...
beautiful color combinations!

Love your pics of the coyotes. They kinda remind me of Maisie with those big ears and all.;) We keep our dog door closed at night cuz we always hear them out there howlin'!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi karine!
oh i cannot wait to see your website! the coyotes are beautiful but dangerous. we have them in our neighborhood too and they have attacked several dogs. i am so glad pono was safe in the car with you. ;)
m & e

Karin said...

Beautiful photos, Karine. Coyotes are beautiful. They can be dangerous to small animals, but generally, they don't want to mess with you. We Although, you were wise to steer clear of the pups.

bindu said...

How exciting to see coyotes! We have them in the wilderness behind out house, and one sometimes comes wandering into our yard. I often hear them howling at night too. I like your walls and the bright desert flowers.