I left home shortly after noon today to make a run up to the farm to pick up milk products and some pork sausage that I use in making our Stuffed Peppers for the freezer.
On my way out of our driveway as I rounded a curve, I came upon Mama Deer and one of her twin fawns from this year. But do you think I could get my camera out fast enough to get a shot of them posing for me? Nope. Off they skittered into the heavy woods. So I continued on my way.
About two or three miles from home, out of the corner of my eye I saw something moving in the brush on the right hand side of the road. All of a sudden, there stood a big, beautiful, healthy-looking red fox. It's not uncommon to see foxes around here (preferably NOT near poultry yards), but usually we only get a glimpse of one dashing across the road . . . and then they're gone.
This guy wandered to the top of the gravel bank by the side of the road (as I did a U-turn while trying to watch him in my rear view mirror), and proceeded to snuggle down and make a little bed for himself in the sunshine.
I parked right across the road from him and started snapping pictures.
"You lookin' at me?"
"Oooo, I've got an itch!"
Then he settled in for a little grooming in the sunshine. He didn't seem the least bit phased by me and my camera.
"There's one flea here that's really bugging me . . . "
Reluctantly, after a short while, I decided I had to get going on my way. I drove up to the farm, made my purchases, stopped to drop some books off at the library in town on my way back and then did a little shopping at our whole foods co-op.
When leaving town I wondered if he might just possibly still be where I had first seen him. So instead of taking the shortest route from town to home, I made a detour back up north of town to the road I had taken toward the farm.
Lo and behold, I'll be darned if he wasn't still there . . . and looked to be sound asleep in the sunshine.
Totally oblivious of anyone that might be going by on the road or noticing him. Talk about knowing how to enjoy life! And what a thrill for me to be able to capture him in pictures.