by Cyndy Taylor
(St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)
Large paw print
Often in St. Catharines Ontario I take my power chair and travel the pathway through Centennial Gardens Park, which travels around the stream (the site of one of the Old original canals).
Today I was taking a few nature pictures, one of which was a large paw print. I thought, Okay a big dog came through because I often see people walk their dogs along this path.
It was about 3:30 in the afternoon May 4, 2012, well as I neared the far end of the path about 3/4 of the way around the path from the actual gardens, I saw a Cardinal and was sitting still in my chair, to try and capture a picture of it.
I looked up just in time to see a Coyote pass the foot-path in front of me, it glanced my way and continued on into the trees.
I gently turned my chair around thinking how beautiful to see nature but at the same time I said a quick prayer asking God to keep me safe - I was glad the noise of my chair kept it away.
I realize these animals can be very dangerous.
I returned all the way back to where I had begun, and I still have that picture of the paw print, sadly I wasn't fast enough with the camera to get a picture of the Coyote itself.