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Good-bye Nacho

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 1 February 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

“Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.” ~ Walt Disney Co.

**In the summer of 2011 during a drought some wild gray foxes started coming to our yard from the nearby field and woods for water. We started tossing them grapes for a healthy snack. By the next spring they were doing well and still dropped by almost every night. One was a beautiful male with a notch out of his ear so I started calling him Nacho.

That was the beginning of a five year "friendship" with Nacho and his family. He was friendly, but not tame. We never tried to touch him. Sometimes when I was outside, he would just come and stay close by, even in the daytime.

I know many of you came to love him through photos. My portfolio has about fifty shots of Nacho and the other foxes scattered over the past five years.

I'm very sad to say that Nacho is gone. Sometimes we would not see him for a week or more then he would show up, but now it has been eight months, and his mate Scruffy comes with Mouse. Foxes mate for life so she would not be with him if Nacho was still here. He was a wild fox, and there are many things that could have happened. We will probably never know, and that might be best. I miss him so much! So this week is my tribute to Nacho.

NIKON D5000 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 200 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

This image is a beautiful way to remember the fox named NBacho. A friend living with you as long as you remember it. I'll miss the wise heads.

1 Feb 2017 6:53am

Devi from Chennai, India

Aw B He will come back!!
I am certain..he has just gone in search of adventure..
Let us wait with hope.
Nacho will certainly be back!

1 Feb 2017 7:21am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue quelel lune e tiamge et cette ange avec cet animal de compasgnie qui est parti au ciel.

1 Feb 2017 7:56am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

May be Natcho will come back. I kow your sadness Barbara

1 Feb 2017 8:02am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une belle histoire qui se termine

1 Feb 2017 8:04am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Oh ! A sad news. I'm so sorry. He was also my friend.
Goodbye Nacho!

1 Feb 2017 8:30am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautifully done !

1 Feb 2017 9:28am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un merveilleux hommage à ton amis Nacho !! >Une magnifique histoire que j'aurais adoré vivre !!!

1 Feb 2017 9:45am

@Martine Libouton: "Une magnifique histoire que j'aurais adoré vivre !!!" Martine, This is my favorite comment! Thanks.

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Always a treasure in your photos !

1 Feb 2017 10:26am

@Phil Morris: Thank you.

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a good edit image for Nacho

1 Feb 2017 10:49am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Lovely words to your fine image here . . our relationship to the animal world teaches us so much.

1 Feb 2017 10:57am

Frances from Boston, United States

A lovely image and moving tribute to a wonderful animal.

1 Feb 2017 12:20pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful and lovely portrait of Nacho. Hope you will meet him again.

1 Feb 2017 2:05pm

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Nice tribute Barbara.

1 Feb 2017 2:14pm

jean pierre a from France

un bel hommage!! amitiés

1 Feb 2017 3:19pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I cried when I read this. I am one of those who has come to love you fox family from your photos. I am saddened by his loss. This is a loving tribute.

1 Feb 2017 4:04pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful story of human with wild animals . I was very touched every time to see your photos and the mutual respect between you . Nacho was a familiar name and we can dream about another life for him or that he is in the paradise of animals . Thank you so much to share .

1 Feb 2017 4:26pm

@Mhelene: I like this - "we can dream about another life for him." Thanks.

Don from Spokane, United States

The fine composite makes a good way to remember Nacho. His story is very interesting even if the end is sad.

1 Feb 2017 4:33pm

Jeff & Pat from Pembroke Dock, ! Wales !, United Kingdom

Thank you B for sharing your special relationship with us, must admit I'm typing this through very bleary eyes . ;>)

1 Feb 2017 4:37pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Attachante histoire... comme je te comprends... )

1 Feb 2017 5:09pm

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Bless, a beautiful tribute.

1 Feb 2017 5:15pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Loving tribute. Nicely done. :)

1 Feb 2017 5:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Farewell, handsome fellow. A sad day.

1 Feb 2017 6:04pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice work!
Lovely tribute!

1 Feb 2017 9:17pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Nice tribute.

2 Feb 2017 3:29am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh génial

2 Feb 2017 8:38am

franz from Baden, Austria

Very creative, and still very sad ...

2 Feb 2017 11:41am

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

You are so lucky to be able to live in such a place that you do, a sad tale but those will be a time that you have in your heart for ever. What great photos you must have of him.

2 Feb 2017 8:38pm

@Philnz: I know we were very lucky to experience what we did with Nacho and the other foxes. I'm very thankful.

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1/125 second
ISO 200
300 mm (35mm equiv.)