Everyone knows that my absolute favorite subject to photograph are bears … brown bears, black bears, polar bears … it doesn’t matter. They are far and above my number one! After bears, my affection goes to owls … great horned, burrowing, western screech, barn, eastern screech, barred, short-eared, long-eared, northern pygmy, northern saw whet, or even the snowy (yes, we had one visit once in FL, believe it or not). After bears and owls, come fox! Yes FOX, and in 2018 so far, I’ve had my share of them.
One encounter, my first in Colorado, was particularly exciting for me to witness … as the first always is. Sure, I’ve encountered many in other areas, such as Yellowstone and the Tetons, but this one was CO.
It seemingly appeared out of nowhere … and as you can see, it brought along its shadow as well. LOL.
Before long, another appeared over the dirt berm and my heart began to skip a beat.To witness such sweetness makes it difficult for me to photograph. I want to stare directly into it mesmerizing eyes and follow that up with squeals of delight. Look at that dirty nose, indicative of the rooting around that it had been doing.Wasn’t sure how it would react to me, as I respectfully kept my distance, though never let it willingly out of my sight. I think it was a contest of intrigue and curiosity of the other. I absolutely loved that it showed no fear whatsoever with my presence and continued to act so naturally.Birds flew about and called out periodically, which made the fox kit turn its attention to them as well.Before long, the two began to attempt at playing, which furthered my happiness. There’s nothing as wonderful to me when photographing wildlife as to have them acting like the young kits that they were … much like bear cubs or owlets, their entire day is filled with learning about their environment and other life lessons that will serve them well. Of course, there’s always time for playfulness too.It was all I could do to keep my excitement to myself when I was met with stares like this.As 2018 progressed, I had other fox kit encounters … so much so that it felt like it had become the year of the fox for me … that is, until I returned to Alaska recently. LOLI really hope that everyone enjoys the little fox kits … for there are so many more to go. Until then, I look at this image and my heart reignites. Any other fox lovers out there?
Next up: Sanctuary birds of BC
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