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April 29, 2011
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/800 second
Focal Length
400 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 26, 2011, 7:37:15 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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A New Friend by Thomas-Koidhis A New Friend by Thomas-Koidhis
So My legs are pretty sore.. There are two reasons for this. One, I've been pretty lazy for a while...So I'm kind of out of shape. Second, no matter what kind of shape I'm in it wont match the condition of a wild animal.

I sort of...Followed this one. From a distance. I crouch-walked down a big hill left over from a landslide years ago, just enough to keep it in sight. For a second I had the illusion that I was being sneaky, but a fox can hear a friggen pin drop from a mile away so it knew I was there the whole time. The fox crossed on front of me, below, and I just walked to the bottom and then spotted it sitting on its haunches staring at the ground...All kinda..sad-like. Really, it was hunting a rodent beneath the snow.

I sat nearby and just watched. When it was finished (after a 5 or so foot leap into the air to pounce...)...It walked down the hill in my direction. Taking a hint from NG photographer Klaus Nigge, I spoke to it in a quiet voice to make it fully aware of my presence, so I didn't spook the animal too much.

When it noticed me, the fox seemed very curious. It kept cocking its head to the side, seemingly wondering what I was about. I kept on speaking to it, and it crept closer and closer to me. It got pretty close... less than 10 meters or so.

From my standpoint we had a really stimulating exchange. It meant something to me, and I'm happy it felt comfortable or curious enough to approach me so closely and grace me with these photos.

A few moments later it carried on, and wandered off to god knows where, the strange large one-eyed animal it encountered perhaps only a distant vague and primal memory, but more likely forgotten as soon as it departed. Sometimes I am envious of the reflexive, moment-by-moment sharp sensory narrative these wild things likely experience.
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Noirerora Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   Photographer
JaneEden Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love all the photos of this beautiful fox, and really enjoyed reading about your wonderful adventure shared by a fox. You are a remarkable photographer, :icongiantlovehug: Jane
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Hey. This is embarrassing, I don't know how I went two years without noticing this comment. Thank you so much and as awfully tardy as I am, it means a lot!
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so cute! You´re a great photographer!
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Wow I really appreciate that :) Thank you.
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
purplekyloe Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello! I've featured your beautiful deviation here: [link] :D
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
So much appreciated! I'm sooo sorry for not being around for like almost 2 months. I go on these breaks sometimes >.<
purplekyloe Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
haha it's no problem at all! It was my pleasure :aww:
Azzeria Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is just such a fantastic piece. Lightning is great, composition is awesome. Feels like the final touch to perfection as he's looking in/towards the camera.
Very, very beautiful photo : )
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