Okay, this one must have one heck of a story behind it. I drove up to the Appalachian Gap yesterday morning to check out the fall foliage and came across this. Off on the edge of the parking area at the top of the Gap, someone had tied a large stump upside down to the end of the guard rail. They’d build a nest of branches and twigs and placed a dead coyote in this “bier”. It hasn’t been there long as there wasn’t much in the way of rot or scavenger impact yet. My imagination roams: perhaps someone hit the coyote with their car and, in a pang of remorse, built this bier to return the coyote to the sky? I certainly resonate with that impulse. Does anyone out there know the backstory on this? Fascinating!
Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 24mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/2000″ exposure.
September 26, 2014 at 11:02 am
If you find out, you’ll have to share the story.
September 26, 2014 at 11:12 am
September 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm
maybe offered up — or even brought up there by a large raptor or some other avian scavenger? Couldn’t an eagle carry a dead coyote?
September 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm
Hi Wendy! I dunno, yes, eagles can carry heavy prey and we do have baldies around here, but I don’t think they know how to tie an inverted stump to a guard rail… Just sayin’!