Homecoming

Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

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For those following the drama in my favorite little fox area, it’s been a tough year.

My favorite and photogenic female fox was hit by a car and died. The spunky alpha male Pock was shot by an unknown gunman in a senseless act of violence. And the little park itself was devastated in monster storm, snapping and uprooting many of the old trees in the area. The storm also killed at least one of the new fox kits and killed or injured many of the birds calling the area home.

I was out early in the Spring and saw no familiar fox faces, and the area was in such disarray that favorite spots were inaccessible. It seemed like the little park where I spent so much time and knew so many animals was gone for good. It was no longer a source of hope and renewal as it had been for so long.

This was the first time I’d been back since Spring. I wasn’t expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. The trails were open again, much of the storm debris had been removed or at least moved into manageable piles.

And where there was little life before, life had returned and new life had emerged. I saw birds everywhere. Within 50 meters of the parking lot, I saw an unfamiliar fox who was happy to pose for me.

A little further on, I ran into the old beta male – presumably the new alpha. He just appeared behind me, and slowly walked up to me (exactly like Pock used to do), and eventually got too close for the lens to focus. After being away from foxes for so long, it was a welcome experience. He used to be so shy and cautious, he never would have approached me before.

The rational part of me knows he was likely just looking for a handout, but the emotional side was comforted to have this little sign that Life had a plan and what seemed lost is now renewed. It was very comforting.

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Wheat Ridge, CO
Sony a700
Sigma 300/f/2.8+1.4TC
Jobu gimbal, Giottos tripod

ISO 400, f/3.2, 1/160sec

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