Every week for Throwback Thursday we’ll post an image from the (slowly uploading) archive – a scanned slide or still – I took from one of my family adventures as a kid to the wilds of Yellowstone and the Canadian Rockies, or from my trips as a teen to the Great Bear Rainforest to help document the spirit bear.
Today’s photo: Coyote Pups
In 2006, my family and I spent a remarkable few days with the most accessible coyote den I can ever remember in Yellowstone National Park. And, by accident, I shot prints instead of slides. It was devastating.
Though all scans of slides or prints are decent these days (even if far from the standards we now place on digital shots), in looking back at what I was able to capture at the coyote den, the reality is that the background was very poor.
With time, I’ve realized a coyote den I found in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley in 1999 was actually a much better photo opportunity, even if much further away.
Set against a cave in a rock face, these two playful pups peaked out for a moment to explore their new world. And for me, this is my favourite pup photo I’ve ever taken.
Sometimes things don’t work out for a reason.