We are sitting in a remote mountain coffee shop enjoying great coffee and even greater sweets. A photographer is seated nearby and is soon regaling us with stories of his most exciting wildlife encounters.
One story trumped them all. He was driving down a road right near where we were and saw some wolves. His wife was driving while he was leaning out the window taking photos.
What a thrill that must have been! I’m always happy for other people’s success but that story left me with more than a twinge of envy (and it’s the only story I remember). That experience was so improbable, I was left to wonder and dream … and then one day happened to me.
“… that story left me with more than a twinge of envy.”
Remarkably we found ourselves driving down a road with a wolf in the ditch beside us. The best part was my wife, Dori, was driving so I could focus on the photography. The complicated part was that the wolf was on the driver’s side!
Dori leaned way back while I bobbed and weaved to try to keep the wolf in my lens while trying to avoid taking a photo of her or the steering wheel. All this was happening while I frantically barked instructions to speed up and slow down – sometimes at the same time!
The only calm part of the entire scene was the wolf who kept happily trotting along beside us. It’s entirely possible the wolf was thoroughly bemused by all the activity in the car!