A coyote wanders by.
Fortunately, my camera is close at hand.
Unfortunately, the coyote moves much faster than my excited hands can manipulate the camera's settings.
I snap off a few shots. The first one - where I have the closest, clearest view - comes out blurry.
|What a thrill!
The coyote moves off behind the mulberry trees. I take more pictures.
|A coyote, obscured by the bare branches of a mulberry tree
The coyote spots my husband working in the garden and, for a moment, stands still. Then he takes off through the woods. By then I'm outside but the animal has moved too deep into the forest to follow.
|A coyote eyes my husband before darting off into the woods
Nonetheless, I'm elated. I saw a coyote today, just outside the kitchen window!