Rocky Point Rally 2021 Highlights
Saludos to the 2021 Rocky Point Rally! It sure was fun being there and producing the YouTube video embedded here. You’ll have…Read More
Every picture tells a story. But not all pictures and stories are the same. For instance, the photos here.
Are you scared of coyotes? What do you think when you hear “coyote” used with Mexico? Me too. Because we hear so much immigration conflict, I think of the name for those illegally smuggling people through the Sonoran Desert into the United States. “Pollero” is the term for those who do human smuggling by car or truck.
All day, Mother Nature was indecisive. She couldn’t seem to make up her mind. Did she want to make it rain? She did. Did she want to eventually let the sun poke through the thick clouds? She did that as well.
Near 6:00 p.m. I went photo opping by Wrecked at the Reef. The clouds and the sun were still competing before dark. I was just trying to see who was going to claim a late victory, and how.
Waiting impatiently, my moment soon came. A small piece of a rainbow peeking through the clouds above the Old Port caught my eye. Racing with excitement, I climbed over the boulders of what we all were hoping would be the new dock. I was standing maybe 10 or 20 yards east of the Wrecked at the Reef fence.
Small waves were being pushed quickly onto the beach by southwesterly winds. The sun was shining in the sky behind me and to my right. I kept searching for the perfect boulder for balance and position for grabbing the shot.
In this section, I’ll share my vision. I was trying to get all of Sandy Beach in the frame on the left. The sand, the water and Old Port would be seen on my right. It was a matter of not if but WHEN that magnificent rainbow finally formed and punched through. Such magic would be smackdab in the middle of a new and true masterpiece!
Time for crying? There was little. Surrendering was my best option. Hence, the setting sun was now on stage. I re-shifted my focus back to it, crossing back over the boulders to the beach at Wrecked at the Reef.
Returning to the outside deck area, security guards told me, “You’re crazy!” I knew it. But wasn’t sure why they were saying it. It turns out they thought I was taking photos of the big, bold coyote who walked right up to me. Shockingly I asked, “What coyote?” They laughed. And then I joined them. I don’t know who was more surprised. Them or me.
The truth is I never saw it, heard it, or felt it anywhere near. They said, “It was right on you!”
Household pets are more their taste. Like bears, coyotes can lose their fear of people and places. The reasons are usually the same. Because humans are feeding them. By the way, if you want to get rid of a coyote, try treating it like a bear. Don’t run. Start making a lot of noise and appearing as big as you can.
In terms of this coyote crossing my path so closely, it was rare indeed. Sitting down to reflect on it with a Tecate Light, the irony of it all came to me. The photographer intent on getting the perfect shot, somehow missed two of them!
In the end, I’m amused at my glaring passion for photography, especially in the little Mexican seaside resort I love. Focusing on being clueless with my surroundings is a Rocky Point to examine another day.