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Unique In All The World

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 2 February 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

"To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world....”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


**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.

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 this time 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 D5500 1/125 second F/25.0 ISO 200 450 mm (35mm equiv.)

Denny Jump Photo from Bellevue, WA, United States

Oh, Barbara! I missed your yesterday post until just now but i saw the ssf report that acbompanied the great image you podted, as thisnpiece is also! So beautiful but so saf.? I remember your drought of 2011 and I remember thise stories and images that you shared. This is so sad and I know that the eternal wondering about what exactly may have happened cannbe tremendously hard to deal with. Barbara and I send our heart and prayers for Nacho and for you. <3

2 Feb 2017 6:14am

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

One more day, my condolences for Nacho. (with tears in my eyes )

2 Feb 2017 7:55am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'aime ta série
JP

2 Feb 2017 8:14am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique celle-ci !! J'adore +++++

2 Feb 2017 9:35am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A beauty

2 Feb 2017 9:51am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Nice.

2 Feb 2017 11:24am

franz from Baden, Austria

A sad story, and a wonderful image to remember him!

2 Feb 2017 11:40am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely tribute ...

2 Feb 2017 11:46am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

So touching . . beautiful.

2 Feb 2017 12:18pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a great pair of fox portraits, this one in particular

2 Feb 2017 12:37pm

Devi from Chennai, India

How poignant this is !!!
But B.... I am sure he will come back!!!

2 Feb 2017 1:55pm

Frances from Boston, United States

Lovely image with a very eloquent narrative.

2 Feb 2017 2:25pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

great frame

2 Feb 2017 2:57pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

ANother touching tribute to the handsome fox

2 Feb 2017 3:36pm

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Beautiful Barbara. 5*****

2 Feb 2017 8:39pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Quelle belle histoire mais triste aussi ! Un magnifique hommage touchant pour Nacho !

2 Feb 2017 9:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such a spectacular image and tribute to Nacho who lived wild and free.

2 Feb 2017 10:11pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful composition and tribute to Nacho!!

2 Feb 2017 11:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is just so sad. I am so sorry. He was a beautiful fox. I remember one year I befriended a squirrel near my house. He would come up to the door looking for a handout. It got to the point that I looked forward to seeing him and then after a bad winter storm I didn't see him anymore. I was really sad. I empathize with how your are feeling. And you were friends with Nacho for such a long time. He was beautiful and I really enjoyed your photos of him.

3 Feb 2017 12:14am

@Elaine Hancock: Yes, it is sad when we don't know what happened to them, whether its a fox or squirrel or anything else.

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful. I also love the sun burst through the tree.

3 Feb 2017 12:34am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Friendship is best when it is sufficient to see a friend. No requirements or expectations, just a good feeling that he is near. No need for words, not touch, just look about it, you're important to me. I believe that Nacho was just such a friend to you. Nacho live with you as long as you remember your friend.

3 Feb 2017 4:55am

ceteceva from France

Belle étoile pour se souvenir de Nacho !

3 Feb 2017 8:30am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique, ce soleil quei filte quelle vue merci
amitié

3 Feb 2017 9:27am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

Beau

3 Feb 2017 10:38am

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2017.1 by Jypyä Pop

NIKON D5500
1/125 second
F/25.0
ISO 200
450 mm (35mm equiv.)