Monday, May 08, 2006

Morning walk

















Sun on grasses wet from last night's rain.






















The foxes were sunbathing.






















A mother and four kits.

24 Comments:

Blogger leslee said...

Oh, aren't they cute! Very foxy.

5/08/2006 10:25 AM  
Blogger alan said...

A wonderful way to start a week!

I sometimes see a deer on my way home from work; several times over the years I've seen a fox. It always surprises me! Though it's the city, I work close to the river, and skirt it on my way home...

alan

5/08/2006 11:08 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

i can't believe you got these shots of the foxes! you must have been very quiet and very sneaky.

5/08/2006 11:46 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

what a treat to encounter these playful perks on your morning walk!

5/08/2006 12:05 PM  
Blogger MB said...

la vie en rose... I was quiet and moved slowly, but they were brazen! I was standing maybe 30-40 feet from them. They definitely knew I was there. I was completely astonished that they tolerated my presence. Closest I've ever been.

5/08/2006 12:39 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Fnatastic pictures of the foxes. I love seeing all the mamas and babies out in the spring. I had a wild turkey mom and her many little turkey babies walk by my house all the time where I used to live.

5/08/2006 1:15 PM  
Anonymous endment said...

What a delight!

5/08/2006 2:28 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What a lovely road and the foxes are just too adorable. What a treat!

5/08/2006 3:48 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

What fun pictures! Foxes I think are naturally a bit like crows -- they're impudent, they enjoy tweaking big animals, and they always think they'll be quick and clever enough to evade the clodhoppers if they have to. But they won't stick around if there are dogs about, so we don't see them very much over here.

5/08/2006 4:41 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...

So amazing to see wild animals so close.

5/08/2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Actually, Dale, folk walk their dogs in this area quite a bit -- off leash -- adding to my amazement that this fox dens so close in. My own dog has chased fox many a time in the nearby grove and I've wondered if he was chasing this one. One witness said he was flying top-speed, a mere ten feet behind the fox, holding steady! He is fast. Ultimately, of course, he got outwitted somehow.

5/08/2006 5:50 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

Wow, I'm glad to hear it!

I'm sure foxes don't enjoy being caught, but I can't shake the feeling that they actually enjoy being chased.

5/08/2006 5:57 PM  
Blogger MB said...

I would agree, from what I've observed. And my dog loves TO chase. It's the perfect match, harmless fun, provided nothing goes awry on either end!

5/08/2006 6:04 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

That scenic shot is exactly how I imagined where you live, the light, the air, nature like that infusing your writing. And, oh, foxy foxes! Yes! Looks like they're romping jolly fun, even if a bit impudently with dogs about. My Springer Spaniel used to chase the ducks at Trout Lake in Vancouver, swimming madly after them, they'd glide on the water, faster and faster, and then, if she persisted, just lift off and fly a bit without looking the least bit ruffled.

5/08/2006 6:25 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

Oh,my God! And I thought MY morning walks were cool! Thank you for sharing those great pictures. I can only imagine what my dog would do if she was there.
(She's a cat and squirrel chaser)
Is this a wild area--like a state park?

5/08/2006 8:37 PM  
Blogger MB said...

No, firebird, it's not a park. Just an undeveloped area not far from my house. Yes, I'm lucky.

Brenda, they were romping very foxily. Lots of fun to watch those little ones!

Alan, I'm glad to hear you get to see such things, too! It's a privilege for those of us in town.

5/09/2006 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Cute critters!

I read somewhere that foxes are actually closer related to domestic cats than dogs. Sometimes this seems obvious, as when I look at that little one perched still at the bottom on the patch of sunny dirt. He looks exactly like a late lamented Siamese of ours, but with doggy head points. Sweet (unless you're a bunny)!

5/09/2006 9:43 AM  
Blogger mermaid said...

So playful. Makes me want to leave work and run on grass:)

5/09/2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

OOoooo!!!

Two of my favorite things -- happy critters and a curve in a road!

Thanks for sharing, I always feel like seeing foxes is good luck.

5/09/2006 11:02 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Sara, really?? More closely related to cats? I had never heard that.

Mermaid, yes I wanted to join them but I have to find foxes my own size to play with!

Lori, I always feel lucky when I see them, too. Foxes and curves!

5/09/2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous yllstonewolf said...

what captivating images. i see we share the canid love :)- border collies and all!

5/10/2006 10:10 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

What a lovely sight for a morning walk! I do like foxes.

5/12/2006 1:07 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I'm so glad you posted this, it made me giggle with the sheer joy of young life

5/12/2006 11:21 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Anne, we do share a love of the critters!

CGP, me too!

Sue, it was a very joyful little scene - I'm glad you felt that!

5/12/2006 2:36 PM  

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