Are You Still There?

This is certainly a portrait moment, taken near Morinville, Alberta. But the element that really makes this photograph is the low elevation side lighting. The light warms up the coyote's body, adds a highlight his left eye and casts a very long winter shadow across the ice surface of the prairie pond. The coyote’s tracks lead from the bottom edge of the photo to shadows of all four legs. While the photograph is great, the shadow makes it remarkable. It’s a wonderful moment and a connection with nature and with the wild.

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