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Archive for February 19, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

COYOTE BEDS

Coyotes retreat to dens only for birthing and during bad storms, but otherwise sleep in the open. In winter, they curl up on top of the snow, using their tail as a muff, much like foxes. Today I climbed a very steep hill, following an extremely nimble coyote. My struggle was rewarded at the top, where I discovered three coyote beds, two side-by-side and one a few feet away. From this vantage point the small pack could see the entire valley below. The beds were distinct depressions in the snow and heat from their bodies had turned the bottoms of the beds from snow to ice.