Forever Amber

photo taken January 2010 • title thanks to jb

one year ago: Slinky
two years ago: Jungle Dog

I loved the lyrics, poems, and quotes you matched with this image:
‘I’m looking for the face I had / before the world was made.’ ~ Yeats
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” ~ Edward Abbey
“And So I Became a Knight of the Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows” ~ Mark Twain
“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed paws.” ~slightly edited quote of Mark Twain
“All along the watchtower / Princes kept the view” ~ Bob Dylan, made famous by Jimi Hendrix
“Out of the ash I rise with my red hair And eat men like air” Sylvia Plath

And the ones straight from your mind and heart:
Glimpse of an Angel
(the author of this comment writes: When I opened the page, I clicked it, then looked down at my knitting for a bit, since my computer is slow today.  When I glanced up I saw Charlie’s tail as a wing.)

(at) Home on the Range
All points west
Rough and Ready
Earth Wind & Charlie
Prairie Paint
Ochre Face
Tail of an eagle wing, body of a coyote, soul of the West.
In The Still Of The Light
Coyote Paintbrush
Dignified in the Dirt

• • • Poets, dreamers, restless romantics, this one’s for you.
(and all y’all, too!)
Leave your title, caption, or Charlie commentary in the comment section of this post and you will automatically be in the running to WIN!  This week’s prize is a conglomeration of wild Wyoming weirdness, including dinosaur gizzard stones, petrified squid, dahlites, and more!

227 Responses to “Forever Amber”

  1. Nancy Latimer Says:

    Over hill, over dale…

  2. Yaara Says:

    Red Rover


    Grounded Horizon


    To see what he could see

  3. Suzy Says:

    Smiley Coyote

  4. Suzy Says:


  5. kunkmiester Says:

    “I see a roadrunner. Now where’s my Acme delivery?”

  6. belle Says:

    I spy with my big coyote eyes………

  7. Mary Says:

    Ready to make one small step for Coyotekind

  8. Frannie Says:


  9. mackennzie Says:

    On Point

    The Gaze of Five Hundred Miles and Fifty Thousand Years

    Four Points of the Compass

  10. JMS Says:

    Red Dirt Boy

    Into the Great Wide Open

    Whole Earth

    Go west young man!

  11. Craig Says:

    Home, home on the range …

    Earth Tones

    Half sky, half earth, ALL coyote.

  12. Steven Swanson Says:

    The far look

    The long view

    The supervisor

    In charge

  13. Nic Says:

    RED alert!!!

  14. Tina Says:

    (at) Home on the Range

    The Sentinel

  15. pika Says:

    I’m going to try this one again in honor to the great poet Audre Lorde:

    The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance

  16. Diane Says:

    Points Of Interest

    Prairie Patrol

    Guarding The Grandeur

  17. Shanin Says:

    King of the Hill

  18. sybann Says:

    Study in umber and blue

  19. Patr Says:

    All points west

    Near, but far – Charlie looks like he is hearing and thinking of something far away. I love the way his front paw is lifted

  20. Emma Says:

    “Sorry, you need a password to come in”

  21. Diana Says:

    there’s beauty in the lonely

  22. Claudia Says:

    The Wind Beneath My Wings

  23. Susan Says:

    Who goes there?

  24. Anna Says:

    Charlie reminds me here of Yeats:

    ‘I’m looking for the face I had / before the world was made.’

  25. saxon Says:

    the days are just too long….

  26. Gem Says:

    The Point of it All

  27. Scott Says:

    Oh Sturdy King of the Clay!

  28. Michelle R Says:

    “-gasp- Squirrel!!!”

    I couldn’t resist. ;P

  29. Di Says:

    Come out, come out, wherever you are!

  30. Bess Says:

    Earth Tones

    In tune with his surroundings

  31. SuzyS Says:

    A lass, my love. Is that you Chloe?
    (instead of alas, my love…)

    Pondering pouncing

    Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

  32. James Says:

    “…and over here is where we keep the elk legs.”

  33. Alice Says:

    Standing Guard

    The Vigilant Sentry

  34. Christina Says:

    (If you’ve seen ‘Up’ this will be much funnier)

    American Weather Vane

  35. Joyce Ziebarth Says:

    And this is MY Kingdom

  36. carol Says:

    His tail could have been the paint brush!

  37. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Defcon 1

  38. Debi Says:

    Paw up, tail up & just a smidge to the side… can you hear me now?

    (sometimes I have to do this to get cell service!! :) )

  39. MaggieMNM Says:

    Seriously Fluffy Tail

  40. MissM Says:

    She Went That-Away

  41. Emily Says:

    Holding His Head, and Tail… High

    Charlie Trying to Point

    Ground Squirrel!

    My Turf!

    My Wyoming Version of a Guard Dog
    (“My” is supposed to be you, Shreve!)

  42. moondoggie Says:

    ” …dooon’t fence me in…”

  43. ron c Says:

    Therefore, I am…

  44. Lynda J Says:

    You are safe, I am wise…

  45. Dave Robatcek Says:

    The Surveyor

  46. Ilana Says:


  47. Becky Says:

    Listening to the land.

    Surveying his domain.

  48. Theresa Szpila Says:

    “I spy, with my sharp-focused eye….”

    “I see an elk, my very own elk.”

    “Stranger, you’d best turn back; this range is mine!”

    Heat-seeking missile on the alert to keep his farmily safe.

  49. Lydia G Says:


  50. Lindsay P. Says:

    The point between the earth and the sky.

  51. Laura Says:

    look out
    tails high
    paws clay
    smells right

  52. C Says:

    The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind.

  53. bruce Says:

    Yo Rinny!

    from the famous Rin Tin Tin

  54. lucky Says:

    hmmm a bit early for the ice cream truck….

  55. Heather L Says:


    Upclose & Personal

    Charlie in 3-D

    Layers of Wyoming

    Wyoming Diorama

  56. Rachel Says:

    Coyote’s Red Dawn

  57. Laura Says:

    the Watchman

  58. Heather L Says:


  59. treva kensler Says:

    I hear the call of the wild, don’t you?

  60. Heather L Says:

    Ever Ready

    Red Alert!

  61. Barbara Says:

    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
    -Edward Abbey
    This land is your land, this land is my land.
    -Woody Guthrie

  62. Kirby Says:

    I tawt I taw a puddy tat!

  63. Feral Boy Says:

    Call Of The Elf Leg

  64. D'Ann Says:

    Master of all he surveys

  65. Eija Says:


    …As Far I Can See!

    Me and My Horizons

    Proud and Tall

    Over Here, Over There….

  66. D'Ann Says:

    Standing point

  67. Heather L Says:

    “And So I Became a Knight of the Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows”~Mark Twain

    In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary ~ Aaron Rose

  68. D'Ann Says:

    Going commando

  69. Heather L Says:

    Charlie Puts His Own Slant on Things….

    Not a Shadow of a Doubt…………

  70. Heather L Says:

    Coyote Compass

  71. Tessa Says:

    Is that Mike’s ride I hear?


    Walk this way!

  72. Heather L Says:

    Wait Watcher…..

  73. Tess Says:


  74. MJ Says:

    Charlie as beauty consultant: I use a little of the red clay to highlight around my muzzle, behind and on my ears and at the tip of my tail. It’s just the “in thing” to do.

    Surveyor of his surroundings.

    Rough and Ready or if you prefer Ruff and Ruddy

  75. Carol D Says:

    “On a clear day, you can see forever ……………….
    and on that clear clear day you can see forever and ever and evermore!”

  76. Cheryl Says:

    The Hills Beakon

  77. Susan Says:

    King of all he surveys

  78. Angela Says:

    Blowin’ In The Wind

  79. Angela Says:

    Master Of All He Surveys

  80. Angela Says:

    King Of His Hill

  81. Megan Says:

    Conté Crayon Coyote

    Umber Under a Blue Sky

    I can see for miles and miles (but prefer to be right here)

  82. Tracy Says:

    Black tips, red middle.

  83. Kathy Says:

    Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

  84. Kathy Says:

    “I live over there.”

  85. Kathy Says:

    Clay, I may…play.

  86. Kathy F. Says:

    Clay, I may…play.

  87. schatze Says:

    At one with Earth and Sky

  88. Charley Says:

    Hey there, world–This is my turf!

  89. b Says:

    Do you hear what I hear?

  90. jb Says:

    “I’m ready for my close up Miss Stockton”

  91. Dave Robatcek Says:

    The Long Gaze

  92. jb Says:

    Forever Amber

  93. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Burgess of the Big Horns

  94. Jackie Says:

    All Points West

  95. Lynne R Says:

    Earth Wind & Charlie

  96. Chris Matthies Says:

    A bit o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer, And a guardian angel always near” ~Irish Blessing

    “The two sages Alert and Watchful, the sleepless and the vigilant, these two guardians of thy life’s breath, are awake both day and night.” Atharva Veda

    The Guardian of the World

    Red Rover

  97. Sandy G. Says:

    On red alert!

  98. DeeAnne Says:

    wag of the wild!

  99. bonnie Says:

    Muddy Paws Pause.

    Charlie was just preparing his mud bath when company arrived.

    Is that for Me?!?

  100. Angie P Says:

    He’s a Cowboy Bay-be

    (with a nod to Kid Rocks song “cowboy”)

  101. Jane Says:

    Far away eyes

    Listening to the wind,
    trying to hear the voice of a distant friend (Merle Haggard)

  102. Rebecca Says:

    Charlie’s story is an uplifting ‘tale’.

    The winter wind provides tantalizing clues.

  103. Penny Says:

    I watch, I wait, I contemplate….

  104. Anna S. Says:

    Hearing Whispers on the Wind

  105. daisy Says:

    Lost Horizon

  106. Chris Matthies Says:

    “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed paws.” ~slightly edited quote of Mark Twain

    The Beauty of the Moment

    Paws Pause

    To Paws in Majesty

    “Now and then it’s good to [paws] in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Guillaume Apollinaire

    The Power of the Pause ( or Paws)

  107. jb Says:

    The thousand yard stare.

  108. Chris Matthies Says:

    Red Rover Red Rover Send Charlie Right Over!

  109. E.Jolie Says:

    Smell Is the Eighth Demension

  110. Maggie Y. Says:

    Immediately thought of “bright eyed and bushy tailed” but that’s been taken, so…



    We Stand On Guard For Thee
    (yeah yeah, it’s from the Canadian national anthem, and Charlie’s American but taken out of that original context, it seems fitting for him.)

  111. Bob K Says:

    Heartbreak Ridge

  112. Barbara in California Says:

    Coyote in red dirt under blue sky with happy tail

  113. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Sky Painter

  114. Alison Says:


  115. Dave R. Says:

    On Point

  116. Dave Robatcek Says:


  117. Mere Says:

    Coyote Guard!

    He also looks like he is playing in mud.

  118. Karen Says:

    King of His Hill

  119. Dave Robatcek Says:

    The Eyes Have It

  120. i-ching Says:

    The Lookout

    En Garde (or On Guard)

    On Point

    Earth’s Sentry

    Hasta la vista

  121. DiPhi Says:

    Master of All I Survey

    If I can see it, smell it, or hear it, it’s MINE!

  122. Julie Says:

    There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South… Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow… Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave… Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind…

  123. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Air of Superiority

  124. Albertafan Says:

    “I’m too sexy for my tail, too sexy for my tail….”

  125. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Perfect Posture

  126. Kelly Says:

    Wild Hue

    I LOVE the colors in this photo–they’re soft and really vibrant at the same time. I especially love how the red earth kind of blends into Charlie’s fur. It’s giving me the urge to paint =)

  127. Lisa Says:

    That Wasn’t There Before.

  128. Stacey Says:

    The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

  129. Rhedrose Says:

    Flagging the Play

  130. Suzanne Says:

    Coyote Paintbrush

  131. Angela Says:

    Hark! Who Goes There?

  132. Angela Sego Says:

    Shreve, just a note to you~ Loved the school kids’ titles last week!

  133. Janet M Says:

    King of the Wild Frontier

  134. Tanya Says:

    Master of His Domain

  135. heather em Says:

    Little Paws on the Prairie

    Reverse Gradients

    But Soft, What Light

  136. Shanin Says:

    Patrolling the Area

  137. Athos' Mom Says:

    Sweet Sentinel

  138. Rhedrose Says:

    Fur Horizons

  139. Teresa D Says:

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a flying coyote!

  140. melissa Says:

    The Soul Survivor

  141. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Azure Outlook

  142. Dave Robatcek Says:

    Prince of the Prairie

  143. Della Says:

    “Glimpse of an Angel” or “Angel Boy”

    When I opened the page, I clicked it, then looked down at my knitting for a bit, since my computer is slow today. When I glanced up I saw Charlie’s tail as a wing.

  144. Diana Says:

    All along the watchtower
    Princes kept the view

    Bob Dylan song made famous by Jimi Hendrix

  145. Becky Says:

    Moist steps into the fresh breeze beneath my tail

  146. Chris Matthies Says:

    “When in doubt wear red.” Bill Blass

  147. Liz Says:

    Home of my home, heart of my heart, and tale of my tail, burnished in rust-colored hues.

  148. Chris Matthies Says:

    “Out of the ash I rise with my red hair And eat men like air” Sylvia Plath

  149. Richard Says:

    Wyoming Wonderment

    Charlie-An Inspiration to All who Love Him

  150. jessie Says:

    Wha?? Was that a stuffed squeaky moose I heard in the distance?

  151. Brenda Says:

    Brush Strokes

  152. Karen Says:

    Painting the sky with my Tail Brush-

  153. Jenny C Says:

    So many awesome entries – wow!

    Tail of an eagle wing, body of a coyote, soul of the West.

    Peace and Vigilance

    Rin Tin Charlie

    Prince Charles

    Why God created color…

  154. Karen Says:

    Honest to goodness.. I did not see Brenda’s comment before I entered mine. We’re on the exact, same wavelength!

  155. Chris Says:

    “The purpose of all our journeying…”
    –T. S. Elliot

  156. Dave Z. Says:

    Majestic Sentry

  157. lynn Says:

    Charlie tries out for the part of Lassie in the new Disney movie, “Rescuing Timmy.”

  158. Francina Says:

    Point. Guard.

    The point guard leads the team to victory!

  159. carolh Says:

    Check mark, check point!

  160. Diane Says:

    Red Alert

    Distant Beckons

    Paws of Concern

  161. Diane Says:

    I just can’t resist this one:

    Hark! What light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the East, and Chloe is the sun.

  162. l.e. Says:

    The Red Prince

    (I swear, that’s what came to me *before* seeing other comments.)

  163. Angela Says:

    Horizon Hound.

  164. JessJess Says:

    Ranger of Red

    Ranges of Red

  165. Sue Says:

    Gonna need the BIG box of crayons for this picture

  166. D'Ann Says:

    Intruder alert, intruder alert!

  167. JP Says:

    Footloose and Fancy C!

  168. magnolia Says:

    Gazing Wolf……

  169. Carrie Says:

    So Debonair!

  170. Suzette Says:

    Carmine Canine

  171. frank Says:

    Did someone say ‘elf leg’?!?

  172. Rachel Says:

    Surveying His Kingdom

  173. Tom W. Says:

    Coyote sundial time

  174. sal Says:

    Coyote sentience senses
    (IE is cranky today, you may receive two of this)

  175. Analise Says:

    Looking into Mystery

  176. RS Says:

    Poised in a Dream

  177. Karyn Says:

    Red Dirt Dreamer….

  178. janaki symon Says:

    a perfect moment

  179. Maegan Says:

    Of a Kind in Color and in Nature

    Reflections of the Land

    Prairie Paint

  180. Kit.e Says:

    Dreamy eyed and muddy paw’d.

    “I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains.” (A little bit of Aussie for the Wyoming countryside!)

    Head in the clouds, feet in the mud.

  181. Christina Says:

    beyond the wild blue

  182. littlebobina Says:

    Dignified in the Dirt

  183. Vegas Princess Says:

    Practicing His Camouflage

  184. Judy Says:

    Pointy’s pointed pointing.

  185. Heather L Says:

    Circumspect Charlie

    On the Job

  186. sarah Says:

    That is a veary vute picture! It looks as if he is high-tailing it out of there!

  187. Matt Says:

    Profile In Red

  188. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    (remembering John Denver … )
    “Sunshine On My Shoulders Makes Me Happy”

    (and also Robert Frost)
    And Miles To Go Before Ten Sleep

    Plume Age!

    Perfecting My Thousand-Yard Stare

    Oh Sarah, Where Art Thou?

    High-Tailing It!

    (I don’t want to be included in this week’s contest; I already have a petrified prize. LOL)

  189. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    (If any of these were already posted, I apologize .. haven’t read all previous entries today)

    Red Tail At Morning … OR
    Red Tail At Night …

    I Spy … Sarah In Her PT Cruiser

    Tail Ending

    What Prairie Dog?

    King of the Mountain

    Happy Tails To You, And Ewe, And Ewe

  190. Beth aka EweMama Says:

    (I KNEW I would forget at least one …)

    In The Still Of The Light

    Still Life

  191. Brandon Says:

    on point

  192. Torre Says:

    What a beautiful picture of Charlie – He is pointing a bit like an english setter! Love that black tip of a tail!

    You’ve got some great entries here. The thing that pops into my mind is “looking off into the wide blue yonder.”

  193. Jane of Trades Says:

    Keeper of All He Surveys

  194. Lana Says:

    “Got the sun in my eyes, and the wind in my face, and it’s good just to be alive”
    -Neil Diamond

  195. Random Charlie Fan Says:

    Sentry Duty


    Muddy Paws Again

    Rustic Home, Rustic Hues

    (Rustic – of, pertaining to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural
    It also sounds like rusty, so I thought it might fit)

    Country Keeper

    Headin’ Home

    Keeping An Eye Out For Those Elf Legs

  196. mlaiuppa Says:

    ” Hi there. I’m Charlie and I love you. SQUIRREL! Hi there.”

  197. mlaiuppa Says:

    I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.

  198. mlaiuppa Says:

    Swifter swiffer.

  199. Rhedrose Says:

    Waitin’ on the Pony Express

    (Charlie totally looks like he’s fixing to jump for something fast that’s coming by! Could also be the torch for his leg of the Oympic Relay…or…Chloe!)

  200. Sandra Says:

    He Sees Tomorrow as if it were Today

  201. Sandra Says:

    [Red] Paws for Thought

  202. Dianne Says:


    Wyoming Terrain Weather Vane

  203. Dianne Says:


    Coyote Compass

  204. mjk Says:

    Finding north

  205. Rhedrose Says:

    Blown Away

  206. Liza Lundell Says:

    King Charles is a benevolent ruler….

  207. Heidi Littler Says:

    Heads?…. or Tails?

  208. oodlesofnoodles Says:

    Invitation to Play

    Gunning for a Fun Run

    Catch Me if You Can Chloe!

  209. taffy Says:

    John “Charlie” Wayne

  210. blue dog Says:

    Pondering Paws

  211. Barbara Says:

    A quail of a tail

    (i mean, look at his tail. It really does look like a bird is flying right behind, not his tail)

  212. pam Says:

    “stayin’ home”

    “the grass is NOT greener on the other side of the fence”

    I just kept thinking of the words to that song “home” that went with your vimeo….

    “Home is anywhere that I am with you”

    Pure contentment is what I see in Charlie…far from the fence and not wanting to go anywhere outside of his home.

  213. Mimi Says:

    Heaven Scent

  214. meadow Says:

    Grin Tin Tin

    Red Bluffs behind Red Tufts

  215. Eve Says:

    It’s a beautiful day (the U2 song)

  216. Diane Says:

    Ready for Action

  217. pcdunn2005 Says:

    Literary Quotes:

    “The wind has changed. I must go.” (– from “Mary Poppins”, I think, by P.L. Travers. )

    “There’s a cold wind coming, Watson.” (– from ‘His Last Bow’ by Arthur Conan Doyle.)

    Charlie Gale (like Dorothy’s last name in “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum)

    Song Lyrics:

    “Blowin’ in the wind… How many roads must a coyote walk down, before he’s allowed to be free?” (Bob Dylan, natch.)

    “Windmills of my mind…” (not very appropriate, but it’s a song lyric!)


    Tail Storm

    (Better quit while I’m ahead, eh? Or is that atail? LOL…)

    Pat D.

  218. meg Says:

    “A Slight Tail Wind”

  219. Isobel Says:

    Ochre Face

  220. Jessie Says:

    In the Hunt for Red October

  221. Marcy Says:

    Way over wonder

  222. marcy Says:

    I can see for miles and miles

  223. Beth Says:

    Setting forth

    I capture the red hills

    On the qui vive

  224. Holly Says:

    Spring…’s out there somewhere!

  225. mhpr Says:

    It’s the muses again.

  226. Ann Says:

    Eye Spy !!

    Challenger !!

  227. Ann Says:

    Whispers in the wind

    Listening to the Wind Songs

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