Somethings Missing...

Time seems to fly when I'm out in Terrenceville and there is always something to see or do. It was time to pack up and hit the road for our 2 hour drive back home. Heading out of Terrenceville you are surrounded by nothing but barren landscape. It can be boring at times but I'm always scanning for caribou or moose out in the open (I should probably be paying more attention to the road and drive but I'm a photographer right..always looking for an image). 

About 45 mins outside of Terrenceville is a little community called Swift Current. You drive along a shoreline surrounded by beautiful maple trees and mountains to your right. I had just finished saying to Jenelle what an amazing weekend it was when I noticed a truck stopped on the side of the road. I quickly realized there was a Red Fox sitting about 5 feet from the truck. I pulled over, grabbed my camera and out I jumped to grab a few quick shots before the fox disappeared....boy was I wrong.

As I got into my usual shooting position (which is low to the ground) this little guy became very curious and began to approach me for a closer look.

This shot was taken at 700mm with my 500mmF4 + 1.4xTele

This shot was taken at 700mm with my 500mmF4 + 1.4xTele

After grabbing a few quick shots I stood up. Not knowing what its intent was I want to make sure I wasn't in a position that would be dangerous. I made it known I did not want him to close to me. It was obvious this guy was not scared by our presence and was looking for food.

He continually approached us providing wonderful opportunities for photos. Here are a few more shots this time without my teleconvertor.  

Taken at 500mm

Taken at 500mm

Taken at 500mm

Taken at 500mm

There was one characteristic about this fox that made him unique but was also sad to see. This guy had no tail. From talking with one of the locals her theory was that this fox was from one of the local fox farms and that she heard the mother sometimes will bite off the tail of the babies. I'm not sure how much truth there is in this but it was obvious he had no tail..

Taken at 110mm

Taken at 110mm

As you can see above there were times he had gotten very close. At one point he pushed his nose against my 70-200 mm Lens.

We spent roughly a half hour with this beautiful creature. I normally would never feed a wild animal but it was very obvious that this little guy was a regular to the area and was getting plenty of hand outs. I gave him some of my dog's food as kind of a thank you for allowing me to photograph him. It was yet another amazing experience to add to an already spectacular weekend.