This is an image that may not receive many favorites or appreciation but it I personally find it a very insightful and powerful window into the reality of the harshness of life.
One of the most amazing things about wolves is out of all the animals I have photographed in the Rocky Mountains, there eyes are the most communicative, I have seen bravery, curiosity, happiness, tenderness and many other states of mind in the eyes of wolves, but this animal only carried with it sadness, fear, and misery. Truly a brokendown animal struggling for life.
This is male unidentified wolf that was traveling alone that has a very serious case of mange, It had a horrible limp in its walk, his ribcages could be seen through its bare mangy skin, open sores covered its body and its tail was merely a stump of skin. Unless situations dramatically improve for this animal he is near his end.
Sometimes in wildlife photography I fear we focus so hard on capturing the beauty of wildlife I feel we create for our viewers somewhat of a fantasy world of beautiful sleek skinned and healthy animals.
The truth is life is incredibly fragile and precious, and the balance of life and death in nature is razor thin.