The weather hasn't been the best over the past few weekends, with gray and gloomy skies so when I saw the report for today called for sunny, blue skies I knew I had to make the best of it and get out with my camera. My day started early as I was out of the house before 8am. In general, I'm not a morning person, but photography sure does help motivate me.
I felt like I was all over Dutchess County. I started my journey in Pleasant Valley, then went to Dover Plains, Pawling, and finally Poughkeepsie. I saw all kinds of eagles and hawks throughout the day, but the best present ever was the Red Fox I saw later in the afternoon.
I was walking along with a friend and I commented that it was roughly the time for the red fox to make an appearance as he had been popping in at roughly this time a few times this past week. We proceeded to walk and I looked up to see the fox sitting in the tall grass, blending in really well. I quickly blurted out to my friend, "he's here, he's here"! Although a distance away, that was ok because I was so happy to see the beautiful animal.
We both stood there and took a few shots, even though the tall grass was completely in the way of getting a clear shot of the foxes face. Eventually he started moving around. At first moving away from us. Then, all of a sudden the fox started running towards us. I was a little closer than my friend and I snapped pictures while also noticing this beautiful animal was getting closer and closer and closer to me. I actually started to get nervous because of how close he was getting. I had to pull my camera away from my face for a second to look and realize it wasn't exactly as close as it felt because my telephoto lens made it feel like the fox was just about on top of me.
As we were photographing the fox, some other friends showed up and got to share the experience with us. We all stayed quiet and enjoyed watching and photographing the fox for at least 10 minutes when somebody with a dog walked up and scared it away. We were a little upset, yet so happy to have those few precious minutes with such a beautiful animal.
Here is a close up shot of the beautiful fox. He came so close that this shot is not at all cropped.