Birthday Foxes

On my mom's birthday we went for a walk to the bay. All was normal till we got charged at by a pair of red foxes. Foxes so close you could have reached out and touched them. On the beach. It was amazing. My camera was put away and I barely had time to pull it out and take the lens cap off, turns out it was on manual. National Geographic, here I don't come.







We were glowing with adrenaline after. It is, without a doubt, in my top 5 favorite wild animal encounters. (Others involve carrying a wounded fawn and having a bullfrog jump into my kayak.) My mom immediately asked me if I was going to blog about it. The Merricks operate on the birthday month principle, so whatever mamma merrick wants, mamma merrick gets. Til jan. 31st.

36 comments:

  1. WOW!!! That has to be a good omen.

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  2. WOW! I think your photos captured the moment perfectly! How lucky for you...sort of...good thing you didn't get jumped by the foxes. I live where we don't have foxes but would love to see one someday...it will have to be cougars and black bears for this girl for now...

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  3. You captured their thick winter coats perfectly. I love foxes and have only seen one once in the wild.

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  4. You lucky, lucky girl! I bet it was magical!

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  5. oh, that is very special indeed! fast foxes!

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  6. That's amazing. What a special moment...and what a great birthday gift!

    -maria

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  7. amy - n. is demanding to know what beach this is. i think he's planning a stake-out. ;)

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  8. A little blurry or not - great photos! Wow what an experience!

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  9. Sandy Point on the Chesapeake Bay. Home in MD. My parents will feed and water you if y'all go!

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  10. Are you JOKING ME??? These are amazing. Something in focus would not have captured the surprise and strangeness of this.

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  11. Love those heart pounding moments! How exciting! Never seen a fox. Mostly coyotes, skunks and racoons in my neck of the woods. L.A. isn't known for wildlife, at least not that kind!

    I'm jealous! ;)

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  12. Amazing photo of the fox! I too love these moments and always think there is some special meaning behind these encounters....when I was living in Santa Fe a bobcat once walked right up to my window and looked me right in the eye!

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  13. i love looking through all of your pictures. they tell beautiful stories. x

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  14. Well I think those photos are still pretty cool! And I do like the birthday month principle. My family and I call it "the birthday festival" and string it out for two weeks or so- but a month is certainly better!

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  15. that is so neat! how appropriate! between you, your mom, and mischa and the pair, that makes for a whole lotta foxes on one beach!

    hope your mom has a fantastic birthday month and feels super loved!

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  16. Wow, foxes on the beach?! I never thought of such a thing although we have dingos on the beach in Australia! They may not be the pictures you would have chosen to take, but I really like them, very arty with a fun story. :)

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  17. like the pics ofit even though there blurry

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  18. Somehow the fact that the photos aren't perfectly centered and focused really conveys the feeling of excitement and what it must have been like to be "out-foxed"! 8-)

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  19. In ancient Rome, foxes were considered fire demons because of their red coats. You managed to capture that fiery spirit very well.

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  20. i'm a nature nut! one afternoon we had a robin, a chipmunk, a rat, and a butterfly on our patio in a one-hour span and i was captivated. thanks for sharing this fun animal encounter!

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  21. Perhaps of all our untamed quadrupeds, the fox has obtained the widest and most familiar reputation.... His recent tracks still give variety to a winter's walk. I tread in the steps of the fox that has gone before me by some hours, or which perhaps I have started, with such a tip-toe of expectation as if I were on the trail of the Spirit itself which resides in the wood, and expected soon to catch it in its lair.

    Henry David Thoreau - 1842

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  22. No way, I bet they were just way excited to see you! They're probably Design*Sponge readers and wanted to compliment you on your "Fantastic Mr. Fox" post.

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  23. Isn't it funny? I saw them on the same day that post went up.

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  24. And also- Elliot reads my blog! Boys read my blog! I'm so cooooool!!!!

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  25. Wow that flash of burnt umber fur!
    Your post reminds me of the poet Ted Hughes and his relationship with foxes - how the fox actually became a representation of his creative spirit.
    One night, while he was in college studying English lit, he dreamed vividly of a severely burned fox saying, " Stop this - you are destroying us". He was so shaken by this dream - it was what made him become a poet. He wrote a fox poem shortly after called The Thought Fox: http://www.richardwebster.net/tedhughes.html

    Anyway - longwinded way of saying - I think spotting a fox is always a good sign.

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  26. I actually think these would be super-cool printed on canvas as a tryptic. The blurriness looks artsy!

    My only fox sighting was on a work trip to London. I was alone and staying in an unfamiliar area, and there were very few restaurants around. I had a really surreal time getting some take-away for dinner, and when I finally left, headed out into the rain, I turned a corner and a dog outside a shop starting freaking out. There was a fox just standing there, staring at us. After 30 seconds or so it darted down an alley and disappeared. It was just the weirdest night, no doubt because I was massively jet-lagged!

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  27. how exciting! and they seem like they are playing with you!

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  28. Charged? Wow. Playfully charged, I hope. What an amazing experience.

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  29. I love foxes! one of my favorite animals... nice pics even with the blurrines... ;)

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  30. I love these photos! I was once at work and hiding down in the corner of the garden to take a break from pruning and sitting so still. Next thing I knew a red fox ran into my leg as it was being chased by a blue bird. Total fairy tale moment.

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  31. I had to comment on the birthday month principle (although I do think the fleeting fox photos are fantastic too).

    I too, operate under the birthday month principle. Anything that happens for two weeks before my birthday, and two weeks after, is FOR my birthday. What can I say? I really like to celebrate!

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  32. So envious - the foxes are just beautiful. And on the beach?! I think the 'action' shots rock - really capture their energy and general madness! Jen x

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  33. I agree! I think the photos are perfect this way!

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