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I had been trying out my then-new 70-300mm Olympus Zuiko zoom during a visit to Dominguez Gap Wetlands (Long Beach, California, USA), and on my way out saw movement. “Someone’s dog is loose,” I thought to myself as I noticed a creature walking near the tall blue fence (designed to blend with the sky) that separates the wetlands from the Metro Rail Blue Line tracks that run between the wetlands and the Los Angeles River in this area. Even though I had never before seen a coyote in the wild, I suddenly realized this was no dog. I raised my camera and made eye contact through the lens for a moment, firing off several quick shots. I wasn’t scared, just fascinated by the encounter, and for a moment the coyote appeared just as curious about me. I think you can see that in the creature’s eyes. Within minutes, each of us continued on our previous paths. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 300mm [600mm equivalent in full-frame 35mm], f/7.1, 1/250 sec., ISO 400, overcast, handheld)