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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Fox At Play



While I've been playing in the snow and/or wrapping up warm lately, my mum got published! I would love it if you took a minute to drop by her blog and congratulate her, she's an amazing woman (and you have her to thank for my company). Thanks.

It's not that unusual for us to have foxes in our garden, especially on a sunny day. But we had heavy snow (for this part of the world!) last week, and it was the first time I'd seen one of the foxes playing in the snow.

Fox in the snow

I'd just got in from a rather cold, five-times-as-long-as-usual journey home - but this sight through the front window cheered me up no end. He was clearly having the time of his life, leaping and burrowing through the snow.

Fox in the snow

Some of the time he looked like he was hunting something, but I don't think he actually was. I think he was just playing in the snow (something I fully appreciate).

Fox in the snow

We wondered if he might have been in a fight (having no fur above his hind legs) but he seemed perfectly happy in spite of his straggly appearance.

Fox in the snow

Despite his death-defying leaps, I didn't manage to get a good photo of him in mid-air. He was running much too fast from one end of the garden to the other, and I was stuck at first-floor level so as not to scare him away. This is the closest I came to an 'action' shot, a bit fuzzy, but at least you can see the sort of thing he was up to:

Fox in the snow


42 comments:

Jeanne said...

He does look a bit battered, doesn't he? But having a ball nonetheless!

Off to visit your mum....

Vesper said...

This is so cute! Love those pictures! Adorable. Geese, I wish I had foxes playing outside my back door.

A Scattering said...

Great shots, Rachel! And he's so sweet and playful. His dodgy hind quarters look a little bit like mange, a condition dog get.

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

This is SO COOL! The fox was my favorite animal as a child. This also reminds me of a Belle and Sebastian song called Fox in the Snow. Happy New Year and belated birthday to you! :)

L.C.T. said...

Aw cute pictures. The Photographer also likes them! Unusually, we also had a fox right outside our house last night! I've never been that close to one.

Janet said...

This is definitely mange, which if endemic in the fox population can result in a crash in numbers. Is your local Ministry of Natural Resources aware of the infection?
Not sure if it transfers to other wild and/or domestic animals.
Janet in coastal Nova Scotia

Kasia said...

He's a cutie isn't he?

Daphne said...

Aw! I love foxes... great pictures! Jealous.

Chef E said...

How fun to see that. I think I told you once I caught sight of my first one on Long Island running on the edge of a street and into some tall grass, and as we passed it could still be spotted fleeing into the more dense grass!

I love watching night life, that is except for giant moles that lived in our neighbors yards when the kids were little. It would be on the brick fence when we arrived home at night, and the eyes were HUGE!

Pearl said...

Oh, how beautiful! English fox!!!

:-)

Pearl

Diane said...

He's beautiful (except for his bald butt ;).

Someone told me once that if I see a fox in the daytime (which I have, at the park) that it's likely rabid. Clearly that's not the case in England. I'm wondering if maybe this person was woefully misinformed. I'm going to look it up now.

Pat said...

What a cute little red fox! I love the last shot of him standing on his hind legs. Thanks for stopping by my blog about Mayan ruins. Keep warm.

ladyfi said...

Wow - great photos of a fox at play. Adorable. And my - what a lot of snow for England!

WhiteSockGirl said...

Amazing shots!!! I just love the pictures,.. would make for fabulous greeting cards, or something!!!

I will have to browse through your other pics,.. I have this thing that I do, when I am not JUST BITCHY, with pics. I make up stories,... Don't know if you saw it on my blog,.. A Story for Every Picture,..

The last pic, it has my crazy mind working over time..

Philip Booth said...

Yes great pics of fox although sadly as comments above note it looks like s/he has mange - parasitic mites - see:
http://www.nfws.org.uk/mange/mange01.htm

farfalla said...

Your photos are simply fantastic!
I am impressed as you have "caught" the winter in the nature!

Autumn said...

Cute!!! I know my dog goes nuts when it snows but I never thought about a fox having fun with it too!! haha!

Tabor said...

I am so glad you commented on my blog because now I have discovered a blogger that loves the outdoors as much as I do. Our foxes are somewhat shy, but also have diminished due to the nearby highway and I miss them so much. Love these photos as they certainly warmed your snowy day.

Rachel said...

What a beautiful animal! So cute - but I bet they're not as cuddly as a dog!

phd in yogurtry said...

What fun - to catch this fox in action, playing in the snow. Who knew they played in the snow?! Excellent!

Lilian Nattel said...

Great photos and congratulations to your mom!

lifelilnotebook said...

Fantastic shot! I'm so jealous of the snow and the fox...wish I had this view. :)

k80 @ onegirlsjourney said...

Amazing pictures! Really cool to see! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I think it will be the same also (my need to be w/ him/his need for 'him' time) when we get married. It is hard living in 2 separate houses! I think that part will work itself out naturally, I think! I hope! lol...thanks for coming by!

Christy said...

great photos...makes me forget the fox is a wild animal. btw..just finished reading your mum's story...i really enjoyed it..thank you for sharing!

Jacqueline said...

wow, those are fabulous photos Rachel!

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

foxes are mean though right? I mean they eat dogs and cats. Although mary poppins says otherwise.

Kimberly said...

I loved your photos. He looks like he is having a grand time.

satakieli said...

Lovely photos, he's such a handsome creature. I kind of miss foxes, I used to see them all the time when I lived in England but I haven't seen any here in Germany, I wonder if they have them?

My parents told me England was getting a lot of snow, they weren't wrong! Apparently it's heading our way soon too. Gross.

Toni said...

Lovely photos Rachel - looks like the 'perfect poster' for a British winter...simple yet elegant! I want to play in the snow with the fox - he looks like he's having a great time!

BLOGitse said...

hahah, guess what happened yesterday!
I came here, went to your mom's blog and forgot to come back!
Liked your mom's story!

Come to pyramids with me! :)

ps. take you mom with you! :)

http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com

Krystyn said...

He looks to cute and innocent, but I have a feeling he isn't.

Cheryl said...

Is it legal to own one of these?

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

WOW...those are cool pictures!!

Hans and Shinta said...

Poor thing...he looks pretty battered. Those are really cool pictures though! WOW..what I'd give to have a fox playing in my garden =)

Brook said...

What great pictures of such a cute character. Dropping by from SITS to say, "hello". Best wishes in 2010.

Kindest regards,
Brook

Veggie said...

wow. such cute pic's.

The Good Cook said...

Just popped over from Vodka Logic's blog. Love the fox!

Heidi said...

What an amazing thing to see right out your back window! I love the little action shot that you have included, it really shows that the fox has a lot of personality. What a joy nature is!
The pictures are beautiful, and the fox's red coat looks splendid against the pure white snow.
Thank you so much for stopping by my post and by my blog. It was wonderful coming to visit you.

Also, I thought I would answer your question. This past summer we had cattails growing on several different streets in our neighborhood where there were none the year before. This has become a tradition in late August to let the cattails fly.

bellsknits said...

those are some fantastic shots. What luck to have him cross your path!

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

I like this last photo... the fox looks so cute I just want to squeeze him even though its a terrible idea.

Night Owl Mama said...

wow how cool is that thanks so much for sharing

Laura said...

how fantastic to be able to capture this right outside your window!

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