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Eye To Eye

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Eye To Eye

I have produced this portrait of a vixen for this week’s Wex Mondays challenge. I had the most wonderful encounter with her at Winkworth Arboretum during the week. I’d seen her wandering near the lake on a previous visit but that was fleeting. This week she approached close enough that I could have reached out to stroke her! Somehow I felt that actually would have been a violation of the trust she had given me. She is wild even if she is more used to the sight of people than many other countryside foxes! The most precious part of the encounter was when we made eye contact. She stood right in front of me for several minutes as I, naturally, chatted to her. I think she was mostly intrigued by the odd human in the motorised, moving chair! She stayed put even when I moved the camera to take her portrait. I wasn’t expecting her to lick her face, that was an added bonus! I then carried on photographing the busy blue tit parents, feeding their hungry brood, hidden in the boathouse walls. More on those blue tits soon! The vixen carried on exploring near me, stopping to sit and scratch, then circling all around me again. We chatted some more (you know what I mean!), I took a few more photos of her and then she resumed her patrol of the lakeside. I hope I will see her again on other visits but I will always treasure this particular encounter.

17 comments on “Eye To Eye

    • Thanks so much Adrian πŸ™‚ It was amazing to have such an encounter with a countryside fox! They’re usually much more suspicious of people than urban foxes. Seeing her in the middle of the day was unexpected too! I suspect she was hunting for her cubs.

      • I had a delightful relationship with a female urban fox. She knew me so well, that on seeing her in the garden I’d knock on the window and she would sit on the lawn and wait for me to come out and feed her dog biscuits and talk to her – later she brought her cubs into the garden – and later, sadly, as I think happened to many of Bristol’s foxes, she died of mange. But wonderful to have relationship like that with a wild animal. πŸ™‚

      • My neighbour has a similar relationship with a fox up at the allotments in West Byfleet πŸ™‚ We have a regular foxy visitor to the gardens here but it’s always pretty dark and not great for photos! My cat Juno has made a strange sort of friendship with the fox and follows it all over the grounds. I’ve watched them communicating silently with one another and some of my neighbours swear that they’ve seen them playing together! It wouldn’t surprise me πŸ˜‰ As kids growing up in the true countryside we were privileged to get to know a lot of very special garden visitors! There were quite a few birds and a hedgehog that used to come into the house too πŸ˜€ I do miss watching badgers playing in the garden! I think many of us have had a special encounter or even a longer lasting relationship with a wild creature that impacts on us for the rest of our lives πŸ™‚

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