Saturday, November 22, 2008


In the middle of the Arizona desert a concrete walkway leading to a viewpoint tells a tale.

Rabbit prints straight, four-pawed, and true cut a path across the once-drying sidewalk.

Angled toward the rabbit prints are coyote tracks.

How much time passed between the two? Did the rabbit make it? Did the coyote have his supper?

Aye, the prints only tell part of the tale.

Things are not always as they seem.


deanna said...

That's an awesome photo. I'd guess they must've come across the area nearly at the same time, before the cement dried. But you're right, we can only guess.

I looked up the book you mentioned yesterday and now I might put it on my Christmas list. :o)

Cherie said...

Yep, had to be when the concrete was wet enough to leave the prints - but it does take a little while to dry. I'm hoping the bunny made it! A matter of seconds can be enough.

I hope the book makes its way under your Christmas tree. And I hope you like it. : ) I've been reading it at night before I fall asleep - even find myself heading for bed a little early just because of the book!

Sandy said...

So curious, what came first what happened next. Great thoughts on your part Cherie!

tony said...

God Speed Mr rabbit!

tshsmom said...

Since there's no skid marks, I'd guess that the coyote came by later, and sniffed out where the rabbit had gone.

I never get neat stuff like that in MY wet cement. :(

Cherie said...

Sandy, yes, curious. Thanks!

Tony: Ditto.

Tshs: No skid marks! :D Great thinking. I think you are right that the coyote was sniffing a trail and probably crossed the wet concrete a little later. This is my hope. (Why, though? I mean, a coyote's got to eat. But bunnies are so cute!) Maybe someday you'll have an interesting tale in your cement, too. Like us you probably have all sorts of names, dates, and handprints?

tshsmom said...

Yes, the coyote has to eat too. Bunnies are food for all carnivores. That's why they reproduce so prolifically. ;)

Cherie said...

And there you have it!