MOAR pixels + Curves layer for some contrast + Name change as the 'Friend' claim is a bit generous for a single meeting
Seeerious...please full view. 1200 px tall for all yas - This thing and the Canon 400 5.6L in general are SHARP and should be enjoyed at the best possible resolution.
A bit of a story behind this one. I sort of followed this fox, 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 , and it kept coming closer to me. It got pretty close... less than 10 meters.
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. One thing I didn't notice while I was photographing it -the hair on this fox's lower back is gone - I figure that is just a loss of its winter coat but I'm interested if anyone can tell me anything different that may have caused that.
LOL, this is so precious! He kinda reminds me of a scientist wondering where to place a hitherto unknown specimen. ...It's also like he knew you were waiting to catch him in an awesome pose (not that this guy wouldn't look gorgeous regardless of any poses).
Mutual curiosity is usually the beginning of a great friendship. Maybe that particular fox is some sort of animalified (sorry, couldn't find a better word) soulmate? I had that kinda experience with a butterfly. It would be too curious to be scared. I know, butterfly vs. fox is a rather strange comparison but anyway, my point is: you guys sure had a connection.
And I love foxes and their antics on basic principle.
There are quite a few local foxes but sometimes I am sure I recognize one of them here and there...Who knows, I could have come across this very one (and even photographed it) several times I have a few more photos to post of a fox who looks very similar to this one who seemed interested enough in me to not run away immediately and let me take a few nice portraits of it looking directly down my lens. I feel some sort of connection with them in general too I think.
So, even though it's like...four years after the fact, I just wanted to say that since you like foxes and cute fuzzy things, you might want to know that there are now a lot more pictures posted of this particular little guy (He's even now my ID LOL)
Not only do I love a fox, I also love when animals make this expression. Infinitely adorable! Wow, if a fox had gotten that close to me I think I would have teared up. That's incredible! Wonderful shot!
Aww, lucky! That must have been a great moment =^_^= I've never seen a wild fox, only seen caged ones. I hope to maybe get a Russian domestic fox one day ("dogs" developed from fox instead of wolf) They are true domestic animals, but so much prettier and I like their personalities allot better than those from wolves. They look very different from their wild ancestors though. Due to their lowered testosterone (which makes them calmer and less wild)
But what I wouldn't give to have such a meeting like this When I move to England this fall I will keep setting out food for rural foxes. That's quite a common site in the cities there You are more likely to see a fox in the city than out in the wilds. Saw that on a British documentary on Animal planet. That's where I learned they put out food too. =^_^=
Interesting! Well I guess that is considered an accepted local practice I wouldn't be surprised if people here fed the foxes and other wildlife. I'm sure it happens. I don't personally but in some situations, like you explained, the habitats are so mixed that it really doesn't make any difference
I have seen Fennec Foxes, but not a Russian Domestic...Or are they the same thing?
The Russian Domestic is a constructed breed. They selected Silver Foxes by who was the calmest, to make calmer foxes for the fur industry. But what they ended up with instead was a dog like fox. They changed so much physically, simply by picking those with less adrenaline, that they can not be used in the industry at all. They made a domestic pet that barks, wags their tail and shows other dog like qualities There's a great documentary on YouTube about it =^_^= Fennec's are super adorable. But Norway has strict rules on exotics, so can only dream about it. The Silver Fox is a loop hole, due to the fur industry.
This is an amazing shot. <3 I understand the patience had to have, and the energy you had to put out to get this shot. I spent several hours one day "working" with some deer near where I live and managed to get a pretty similar shot - I wish it hadn't been lost in processing. This is a fantastic shot and the fox's position is a beautiful reference. Fox heads are so astoundingly thin, and all. Great work.