Splendor In The Grass… & The Dirt & The Sun

photo taken May 2009 • title thanks to Craig

Tied for first-and-a-half place:
coyote spring roll

the sun is my alpha
the good earth
sunny-side pup
spring rollin’
canis latranscendental

• • • It’s impossible for me not to smile when I see this photo.  A smile that starts at the mouth and extends throughout my whole being.

It’s for you to name.  Leave your title, caption, or Charlie-commentary in the comment section of this post and you’ll be in the running to win an 8×10 print of what may be my most popular photograph (click HERE to see), which also happens to be the cover image for the German translation of my book!  (OMG!!)

Your entries knock me off my chair weekly, can’t wait to see what your marvelous minds conjure today!

350 Responses to “Splendor In The Grass… & The Dirt & The Sun”

  1. Terran Says:

    “Oh, this is the life! I’m the luckiest coyote in the world! Now, Mama, will you please put your camera down, come over here, and rub my belly?”

  2. Ms. Lore Says:

    Carpe Diem Coyote

    You bring so much joy to my day, I can’t imagine one without it. Peace.

  3. RS Says:

    Belly Bliss!

  4. bonnie Says:


  5. kelly planer Says:

    Just a Little to the Right…

  6. Marina Says:

    Solar plexus

  7. Catnap Says:

    “Rolled To Joy”

    Happy Roll!


  8. Anonymous Says:

    roadrunner dreams

  9. Jodie Says:

    Coyote nip

  10. Beth Says:

    Reckless Abandon!

  11. Richard Says:

    “I love to work at nothin’ all day”

  12. Sheila Says:

    Coyote BLISS!!

  13. Deidre Says:

    “Those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer”…and spring

  14. Karen Hanson Says:

    ‘ Four off the Floor’

  15. Deidre Says:

    The whole world is upside and I’m walking on the sky!!!

  16. Kit.e Says:

    Afternoon delight

    The Wyoming Backstroke

    Grass and boulders, bees and toes!

  17. Susan Says:

    Oh how great it is to be me…

  18. Chris Says:

    Sunny Side Up!

  19. Barbara R Says:

    Happiness is a Warm Coyote

    (I’d like to think Charles Schulz would approve ; )

  20. milaka Says:

    Backstroke through the brambles

  21. Marilyn Says:

    Coyote Ab Exercises

  22. patty Says:

    doin’ the ole bunny foot flop and roll

  23. WendyD Says:

    Calf Stretch!

  24. Suzy Says:

    I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.

  25. Deidre Says:

    Tanning my hide!!!

  26. Mimi Says:

    Wyoming Sunbeam Spa

  27. Chrissy Says:

    Charlie as Fainting Goat.

  28. Diane Says:

    Stretchin’ out for every bit of ray

  29. Barbara Says:

    Here’s tummy, Mummy!

  30. Sara S. Says:

    A Lazy Afternoon with the Sun

  31. Pamela Says:

    High Plains Dude- Four Paws to the Wind

  32. mellissa Says:

    raising his legs to the sun rays

  33. cj Says:

    Closer to the Earth

    Wyoming Chaise Longue

    or, if I’ve got the mood all wrong, then, in my family growing up, when the canines ran around and scrubbed their shoulders on the ground, we called them “Victory Rolls”

    (I’m adoring my “Coyote Pimp” Tee, btw. Thank you so much!)

  34. Eleanor Says:

    That cloud looks like a bunny rabbit!

    15 more minutes ’til it’s time to flip over!

  35. Eleanor Says:

    Rollin’ with the homies

  36. Cynthia Says:

    Oy. Shouldn’t have had that last elf leg.

  37. mlaiuppa Says:


  38. mlaiuppa Says:

    Floating in a puddle of grass.

  39. mlaiuppa Says:

    Prairie backstroke

  40. Danushka Says:


  41. Melanie Says:


    Love the contradiction… :)

  42. Clare Says:

    Itchie Coyote – Aaah that’s better!

  43. sugarplum Says:

    taking a dip

  44. Hans-J Says:

    Right now – right here

    Earth, grass, sun … I am

  45. Hans-J Says:

    Inside bliss – outside rolling

  46. beth Says:


  47. Kari Says:

    Happiness is a sun warmed coyote

  48. Jon Says:

    aww shucks….so close to winning this week :) I got excited when I saw Splendor in the grass as the title. Congrats Craig

  49. Ana Sundvall Says:

    can we never leave!!!!!

  50. Jim Andrew Says:

    This is a great website!

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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