Did you hear that?
This is when the coyote began to howl. I've heard coyotes many times but this one was eerie; just plain unnerving and scary sounding. It as if he or she was in pain, caught in a trap. I was cutting cross country through a large meadow when I spotted the first coyote. He was about three or four hundred yards away and wanted no part of me trotting away stopping frequently to check on my whereabouts. What I wasn't aware of while taking dozens of photos was that there was another coyote off to my right only a hundred yards from me.
Coyote number one...
...and number two.
Anyway, it was a grand day and I had a good time and fun hike under clear blue skies in spite of my inability to become friends with my camera. I'll try again soon.