Coyote, Yellowstone National Park

Photograph by Timothy Brooks

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

I was taking photos with a colleague when we spotted a coyote on the move. As the coyote went up a hill covered with snow and ice, we walked around to the other side of the hill to see if we could get a shot into the sunset. We made sure we did not disturb the coyote, and to our surprise, it lay down on top of the hill and curled up in a ball. The coyote willingly stayed within close range of us, and I managed to get close enough to use a wide-angle lens so that I could include the sunset in the background.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the National Geographic Student Expeditions Photo Contest.)