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Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 30 May 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Fox series
Daddy fox having a snack at the edge of our yard. Not large, weighing between 8 and 12 pounds, the gray fox is smaller than some well-fed domestic cats and moves quite gracefully... much like a cross between a cat and a dog. He is, however, all fox.
 The lovely bushy tail makes them seem larger, but to see one up close it is surprising how small they are.

NIKON D5000 1/125 second F/6.7 ISO 400 165 mm (35mm equiv.)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

what a treat this series!

30 May 2012 5:41am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

nice capture

30 May 2012 6:14am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful photo

30 May 2012 6:49am

Oiva from Turku, Finland

We here in Finland, Fox and Wolf are both beasts that people are afraid, and if so many people would be allowed to kill all. I think they are beautiful animals, but I would not want them out!!Beautiful shot;i like this:))Haleja.

30 May 2012 6:54am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'aime beaucoup ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

30 May 2012 7:50am

tataray from france, France

Ahhh... tu l'apprivoises avec une belle assiette !...
Il est très élégant, tout en finesse... et jolies couleurs))

30 May 2012 8:32am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Wow, 8-12 pounds is not very big at all. No wonder they might fall prey to coyotes. You got a really nice low perspective on this shot.

30 May 2012 10:12am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

So, just how tame are these foxes around you, Barbara? Will they actually let you approach closely without running off? I just love how graceful they appear. Great shot!

30 May 2012 10:59am

@Jason Politte: Thanks. It's more like they approach us when we bring them a little food. As long as we don't make any loud noise or sudden moves they will come within a few feet of us. I have a little bench where sometimes I sit and watch them from just a few yards away. For these low angle shots, he came earlier than usual and I sat on the grass just a few feet away.

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

wow, really beautiful shot! I love how you caught the light at the top of the grass in the background. So pretty! I just saw a small red fox run across my side yard yesterday and thought about these pictures! :)

30 May 2012 1:02pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful profile shot Barbara! Well done! ;-)

30 May 2012 1:14pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

Hmmmm, small? In Texas? But I thought.....
I don't care what they say about not feeding wildlife, your Fox friends are an inspiration and heart filling working co-existance. And what fun!

30 May 2012 1:17pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

You really are so fortunate to have them so close for these wonderful shots ... still in the wild.

30 May 2012 2:38pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

He has the best of both worlds, freedom and free food. Nice shot. On a side note have you been to Terlingua, a ghost town? I hear there are good photo opportunities there. Also, read where it is getting to be a gathering point for artists & photographers.

30 May 2012 2:52pm

@Jerry: We went through there some time ago on a trip to Big Bend Nat. Park. At that time there were a lot of motorcycle guys hanging around there. We had just seen the funny movie "Wild Hogs", so had a chuckle about that. I would like to see Terlingua now.

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this beautiful fox. I'm surprised at your description of his very small size. Excellent shot.

30 May 2012 3:11pm

arvin from sari, Iran

Very nice

30 May 2012 3:25pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The title fits wonderfully with the pose of the fox. I find the quality of the light to be fantastic.

30 May 2012 4:23pm

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

Nice long snout

30 May 2012 5:08pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Il a l'air très futé ! un regard intelligent !

30 May 2012 7:00pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

I am loving the series - another great picture.

30 May 2012 7:24pm

franz from Baden, Austria

they look really cute but are truly sons of the wild ...
here, in austria, they were almost exterminated for fear of rabies ... in recent years they seem to have recovered again, thank god, and without rabies, too !!

30 May 2012 7:53pm

Universe from Tehran, Iran

Very interesting shot.
Bravo !!!

30 May 2012 8:29pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great clarity, the plate puts the size of the fox into perspective ~ wonderful capture!

30 May 2012 8:35pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

He is a beautiful animal for sure

30 May 2012 9:23pm

Wendy from Canterbury, New Zealand

I am amazed how fine his muzzle is. Great photo.

31 May 2012 9:44pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

What do you come up with to feed them, Barbara?

1 Jun 2012 2:40am

@LauraS: We started with a little dry cat food because that's what we had on hand, but after research and talking to some wildlife rescue people we switched to a high quality dog food and also some fruit. They love green grapes, and a cherry now and then. We are spending more on fox food now than we do on our four cats. LOL

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Superb shot! A very beautiful animal!

1 Jun 2012 8:46pm

1/125 second
ISO 400
165 mm (35mm equiv.)