[the ikebana cam, aimed at a coyote latrine
on a mowed path in the coastal scrub]
I'm paranoid about losing cameras to outlaws but lazy about camouflaging them with vegetation.
My rationalization is that few outlaws are willing to traipse through "no man's land" where I put the cams.
I am also certain that Fred and I leave a gamey scent trail in our wake, and no amount of self-flagellation with switches of bay or stepping in cow flops can mask it.
It's said that 2 weeks can pass and a dog can still detect a weak human fingerprint left on a glass slide.
But if you want a full frame picture of a coyote it's still good practice to camouflage your camera trap.
A combination of camouflaged camera, downwind movement of air, and a coyote's mental distraction can conspire to make a good candid shot, or perhaps one at the moment of detection.
So I decorated my latest coyote set like an ikebana master.
The trail was littered with coyote scat, but one latrine was close to a thicket of coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) and blackberry.
I snipped sprigs of coyote bush and pulled dead grass as the redhead critiqued their placement.
When I finished, the cam wasn't completely hidden, but most of the outline was broken.
The finishing touch was to baste a few turds with coyote lure.
If a yodel dog sniffs them for just a few seconds, I might get a candid portrait.