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This week's theme - WILD

This, if you look closely on the top of the rock outcropping is the infamous 'wild dog of Northern America' ---The Coyote.
Coyote,
Canis latrans
Scientific name: The genus name is the Latin word for dog, Canis. The species name is the Latin word latrans (barking). The common name, coyote, is from the Aztec Indian word coyotl which also means "barking dog."




Taken at one of the many desert areas around our home when out walking---on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona about 3 or 4 years ago; the outdoor desert museum.
Cactus plants also grow 'wild' --in foreground to the left, a cholla cactus...to its right, a prickly pear. The tall 'woody' just in front of the coyote and rock where he's perched is the 'ribs' of a Saguaro[pronounced sah WAR oh] cactus....which if not dying or dead---is the green tall ones in the background---the ones that grow arms!! The long slender wooden, leafless 'branches' jutting from the ground in front of the green Saguaro is a plant called Ocotillo. It blooms ONLY when it has rained...a beautiful, deep orange.
[Mountain range in background is still Arizona, but beyond the peaks is OLD Mexico]


[cropped image of same]

66 comments :

  1. Oh looky here, I'm the first! What??? Are you on European time now? *S*
    That is one fab photo you took in the desert!
    I love the cacti (is that plural?) and the wild coyote! Beautiful - but then the landscape of the US is totally incredible!
    Happy Weekend dear one.
    Your L
    Mine's up too

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  2. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...someday, I want to go to the desert. Right now I'll have to be content with 3 feet of snow!

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  3. A lovely landscape. I like how that wild dog seems to be enjoying the magnificent surroundigns. Mine is up too. Take care!

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  4. Wow sweetie, that is beautiful! The closest I've been to a coyote is in the Living Desrt in CA...I am a little scared of them! My photo is up ....

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  5. Anni,

    I learned something new today...not being from your part of the US, I'm always thrilled to see photos of the beautiful Old West.

    Great post!

    Mine is up now too, altho I took a different approach.

    Love the street sign too! So cute!

    Are you all better now?

    Happy Weekend and stay well. We're freezing back here!

    (BRRRRRRR.....and shivers***)

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  6. WOW - great shots!!! And such beatiful country there!

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  7. Wow, I loved to look at that coyote!

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  8. Truly lovely - we have desert around us, too, but it's a different kind, Mom says. She says we don't have saguaros here.

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  9. Very nice for the theme! Wild animals. wild cactus and a very cool capture of a wild view! Wonderful!
    Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Saturday!

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  10. Love the picture ... won't say its a wild dog

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  11. What a beautiful area you live in. It's quite a change from the mountains.

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  12. Great shot of a very wild area and a wild creature.
    I've been to your area and it's lovely.

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  13. Maybe he is wild, but he looks so royal, sitting there in the desert. It's a very nice picture with the cacte,ti,tus in the front ! Sorry my latin lessons were ages ago and I never vistited the Vatican.

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  14. How beautiful! This looks great!!! Thank you very much for sharing!

    My photo is up too. Please stop by my blog and have a look!!!

    Have a nice weekend,
    Sonny
    I will exercise for comments!!!

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  15. I used to hear many coyotes when I lived in Californina. We were moving in on their territory, poor things.

    Great capture!

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  16. COOOOOOL. Great pictures. I'm up too at http://beckie-photoblog.blogspot.com

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  17. You are either very good at sneaking up downwind, or you have a very good zoom lens! Excellent shot!

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  18. Ahhhhhhhh! NICE job Anni! Wildlife IS what I had in mind today ... just didn't have time to go HUNTING this week! (either through old photographs OR outside!) So... my wild is a little LESS wild! LOL! That coyote is really beautiful - and so are his surroundings!

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  19. Those are great photos for this week's theme!

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  20. I love this photo!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

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  21. he looks like a little honey to me. makes me want to scratch behind his ears! smiles, bee

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  22. Wild it is, and beautiful!

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  23. Such a beautiful and healthy lookin' coyote! We have then here, too...I saw one less than 1/4 mile from my house crossing the street! I don't leave my dogs outside on the line unattended now.

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  24. Great "wild" picture. Such an amazing difference in scenery from where I live!

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  25. Hootin Anni, you have got one hum dinger of a blog here, love your header and all the cute little what nots! lol

    The wild coyote is beautiful and perfect for the theme! :)

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  26. Wow, they really do grow like wild! Cool!

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  27. THAT is WILDLY fantastic and gorgeous! I really love it!!

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  28. Wow. Those are beautiful.

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  29. Great photos for the hunt. Coyotes are pretty animals.

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  30. That is so beautiful! What a lovely website too!

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  31. We have coyote here too, but they aren't as pretty. The picture you saw of the little one on my blog today, his cries called one in when he was only about one month old. It was curious (probably thought it was a baby rabbit in trouble) so it came out of the woods to see what was going on. That was the last time that coyote came out of the woods:) I almost posted that picture today, but I didn't think too many people would have appreciated it. Your picture is much much prettier.

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  32. Fabulous pictures! My parents visited the desert museum near Tucson a few years ago and couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the scenery was. I guess it was a lot different than FL, where we come from. Maybe I'll get there someday!

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  33. Coyotes are beautiful animals! Great photos.. should you have been that close? Thanks for dropping by :)

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  34. Great photo! Definitely wild! And beautiful.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

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  35. I have to agree - the AZ wildlife has much to offer. Believe it or not, but we have never been at the wildlife preserve down in Tuscon, although we live here for 16 years now...Maybe this year we can head down there...BTW - I like prickly pear jelly :).
    Happy Saturday...

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  36. Nice photo! I'll bet that rock was warm and comfy.

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  37. Oh, I'm sure he liked the view from there and that the stone was warm and nice.

    What a wonderful picture for us (hubby is looking at it too) to see over here in the dark cold Sweden that is so very different from AZ!

    We've seen other pictures from AZ before that made us very curious and we really would like to go there some day....

    *Dreaming*

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  38. Wow what a great shot.

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  39. what a beautiful sight...and scenery enjoyed by the 'wild' fo sure.

    thanks for droppin by

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  40. Dianne1/20/2007

    Gorgeous scenery!

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  41. Just beautiful - this city dweller would love to see it all first hand. Thanks for visiting!
    Take care,
    Frances

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  42. That certainly is a wonderful picture..weren't you afraid the coyote would regard you as lunch?? lol Your landscape is so very different from outs and I just love to see all the different cacti plants. The only cactus I see around here are the ones you can buy in little pots at the garden stores:-) Hope your weekend is a great one!! Hugs xox

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  43. Oh what a lovely pic.

    Our pet was a coyote cross. I will have to post a pic of her some time.
    She looked alot like this coyote in the photo.

    mine is up

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  44. Wonderful pictures!

    ROOOOAR! 2 tigers and a special tigger? Please visit my wild hunt @ Coffee 2 go - thank you!

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  45. Am I missing the road runner or what? He's probably lighting the dynamite out of view.
    I love the desert. Such beauty in what may seem like a sparse landscape. Great shot.

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  46. Now this is really the Wild Wild West! Beautiful.
    Mine is up too.

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  47. Great take on today's word, Annie!! I thought this was a hard word...so I just had my grandkids act WILD which I thought was probably easy for them to do!! SMILE!! they are my youngest ones!! Stop back again. I always love coming to your blog..have a great weekend..Sandy

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  48. A beautiful picture...

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  49. That's very cool and very wild looking! Happy photohunting :)

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  50. Beautiful picture. The landscape is so different here in western NY

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  51. Great picture and your commentary is always so informative.

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  52. "Wild" photograph!!! I love it! And thanks for visiting my photo! Blessings!

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  53. He looks comfy yet alert!

    Thanks for stopping by mine :)

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  54. Hmmm, what does he hear? Looks like something has caught his attention! Dinner?

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  55. oh Annie: what a great photo! You are so lucky to have gotten that shot. We have coyotes (but wildlife biologists are suspecting they are wolves now) all over. I saw one sniff out a huge beaver across the road on the ice: but without second thought, he turned away and looked for better game! Unfortunately, these coywolves are eating cats and dogs all over. :-( Thank you for visiting!

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  56. Nice picture!we have coyotes too.

    I will Exercise for Comments!
    Sunflower

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  57. great pic :) I dont think id be brave enough to get that close to one though.

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  58. That is pretty wild. You're braver than I am. :)

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  59. Hmmph! That coyote don't look so wild - we could take 'em! Now, them cactus plants - owie, ow!

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  60. Isn't the desert landscape wondrous and wild!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    FYI my bed was designed and then constructed by a metal work artist. It's all made from metal rebar etc. -- heavy as can be but I love it and the reindeer family because it is unique.

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  61. The landscape different to our desert . WoW you were game getting that close to a wild dog.

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  62. What a wonderful desert photo!

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  63. I love the pic, esp the coyote! Very cool write up! thanks for visiting.

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  64. Wonderful beautiful photo. So much wild stuff here! Would you believe we saw one of these guys loping down the main street of our town this summer?

    Great choice for The Hunt!

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  65. Beautiful shot! It looks like a postcard. Thank you for stopping by.

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