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I've been seeing a lot of #coyote lately. It started a few months ago last spring with a pair of coyote I'd sometimes run into. I'd spot them up the hills. By the river. Later, in the early summer, I heard and then saw their 4 pups from a distance up the hillside. They were having a rowdy blast. Ive seen (and heard) them regularly ever since. A few weeks ago I was coming around a corner and stood about 15 feet in front of one of the coyote, who was coming up from the river. The coyote started moving back to the river, but I waved and told him it was okay, he could keep on moving up the hill. Even though my dog was flipping his noodle, the coyote stopped and moved closer to me, sniffing the air. My dog calmed down, and we all just stood looking at each other. After a few minutes (seemed like a very long time) the coyote moved a bit up the hill, stopped and looked back. I waved, he moved a littled further up and stopped to look back. I waved. He moved, looked back, I said "see ya" and he was gone into the trees. Ive been wanting to #draw that #coyotebuddy since, and finally did. I also like to print my #animal images onto #tshirts and wear them into the hills. Kinda feel like I'm telling my #canyon "look what I made for ya". Lately I've been using #Society6 for various printing projects, and you can get this coyote and a handful of other designs there too. society6.com/toddpowelson #drawing #digitaldrawing #sketch #sketchbook #art #artwork #adobe_illustrator #adobeillustrator #toddpowelsonart #trickster

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Years ago, I was hiking back into the #Uinta mountains and eventually found myself at the bottom of a strong waterfall, which emptied into a large gorge, with tall cliff walls on either side. I sat down at the bottom, enjoying the rapids and the river, but soon heard something above me and noticed a #mountainlion looking down over the cliff edge at me. It disappeared, then reappeared. Disappeared, reappeared. It seemed to be looking for a way to get down to me, so I jumped over the rapid’s rocks, crossed to the other side, went bye-bye. I’ve seen #cougar a handful of other times, usually from a pretty significant distance. Once though, even closer, from about ten feet away. That sighting was really quick, no more than a few seconds, as it ran away, up a hill and into the trees. About three years ago, I was going for a hike after dark on a summer night when I started to get an uneasy feeling, like I was being followed. As I kept going, I was sure of it. I’d hear small rocks shift, or leaves move, branches crack softly up above me on the hillside. Every sense shouted danger, like something was trying to determine how I'd taste, and if I was worth the effort. I made my way out of the canyon as quickly as I could, and after about 45 minutes that feeling went away, I wasn’t worth it after-all. I never actually saw what was following, but I think it was a mountain lion. I don’t know of another animal that’d do that the way it did here or nearby, and besides, I know how they “feel” now and I trust my instincts. About a week ago I started a hike at dusk. I went up a side-trail for a couple of miles, and by the time I reached my destination it was dark outside. I was in a clearing with trees all around, and I sat down on a large boulder. I started to feel like I was being watched. My dog sensed it too, and stood bolt upright staring deep into the trees in the same direction I felt the threat coming from. Again, I never saw it, but I could smell that familiar threat and got the hell out of there. I’ve been thinking about all that, and that’s why I did this #drawing - #draw #art #artwork #sketch #sketchbook #paperandpencil #toddpowelsonart

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