This is a study of a coyote for a larger painting I plan to do. This fellow lived at the Beartooth Nature Center in Red Lodge, MT. They rescue injured and problem animals that would otherwise have been euthanized. If you're ever near there please visit them and support their good work.
The reds came out a lot hotter in the photo than they are on the painting.
I actually saw this about a week or so ago. The Ute Mountain tribe maintains a herd of buffalo between here and Mancos. It was snowing hard and the herd was moving back toward shelter. They were like ghosts drifting in and out of sight in the distance.
This is an update from an earlier post. I had been thinking of adding a moose to this scene and when I showed it to Veryl she made the same suggestion. Ironically, I think I am the only person to never see a moose in Yellowstone National Park and I always looked hard in moose meadow!
I am still working on some deadlines coming up at the end of the month so I haven't been posting lately. One of the shows coming up is a wildlife show so I did this kestrel portrait as a warm up. I see these little guys all over out here. I think they are one of the more beautifully colored raptors.