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Memories Of Nacho

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 3 February 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

'What must I do, to tame you?' asked the little prince.

'You must be very patient,' replied the fox. 'First you will sit down at a little distance from me-like that-in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day...” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“And just like a midsummer nights breeze, he ran away, into the moonlight, a fox, proud and strong. The lone wolf walked away, saddened he was gone.” ~Jason Winchester

**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.
soon they 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 many shots of Nacho over the past five years.

I'm very sad to say that Nacho is gone. 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!

NIKON D5500 1/160 second F/16.0 ISO 800 450 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

You miss Nacho very much. Nothing illustrates better than a good friendship longing after the loss of a friend. It seems like he would be by your side, even though he is gone. Even if you feel sad, not happy that you had such a dear friend. Nothing better can never get. These pictures tell about your feelings in a beautiful way.

3 Feb 2017 5:51am

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

Beautiful and heartfelt homage.

3 Feb 2017 7:40am

ceteceva from France

Belle composition pour cet hommage à Nacho !

3 Feb 2017 8:28am

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Wow a great epitaph, I remember many of the pictures that I have seen and admired them often, now certainly feel bad for you no longer see a good friend with wild nature. Few have been able to keep track of in the yard beautiful fox life :-))))Haleja.

Happy weekend dear friend Barbara.

3 Feb 2017 8:41am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Moving and beautiful this tribute to Natcho

3 Feb 2017 8:54am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe hommage bravo

3 Feb 2017 9:27am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un superbe montage pour un vibrant hommage! J'aurais aimé vivre ton histoire !!!

3 Feb 2017 9:35am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a lovely tribute to a beautiful animal

3 Feb 2017 10:58am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une période très forte

3 Feb 2017 11:16am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice presentation

3 Feb 2017 11:16am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great presentation . That's exactly what you have done when he came near your home . Very moving .

3 Feb 2017 1:27pm

@Mhelene: Yes. I would sit outside and not look at him at first, and he would sit down and not look at me. Gradually he came to trust me.

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful portrait with the excellent processing and nice words. Foxes are clever animals, and I think Nacho never forget your kindness.

3 Feb 2017 2:40pm

@Kyu: Thank you.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A poignant and visually arresting post.

3 Feb 2017 3:09pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Aw !!!!!
B..all too poignant..
I still have this gut feeling he is alive !!

3 Feb 2017 3:43pm

Even from United States

3 Feb 2017 3:51pm

Evelyn from United States

So sad here.

3 Feb 2017 3:52pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Such sweet words brought tears to my eyes once again. I felt like I knew that little fox through all of your photos. I am sending you hugs

3 Feb 2017 4:07pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A great picture to remind us of Nacho. Well done.

3 Feb 2017 4:16pm

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Beautiful animal!

3 Feb 2017 6:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A proud and handsome fellow!

3 Feb 2017 9:06pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bon travail

4 Feb 2017 9:45am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely work!

4 Feb 2017 8:26pm

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Great work as always Barbara.

5 Feb 2017 3:39am

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2017.1 by Jypyä Pop

1/160 second
ISO 800
450 mm (35mm equiv.)