Sunday, July 8, 2012
Surprise on the trail: cute fox kit
On an epic day in Point Reyes, during which I had already covered 10 miles or so in hold-you-hat-windy conditions, I was not quite ready to head for home. I decided to try one last trail, in hopes that the trees would offer some shelter from the wind. After a mile or so of climbing, I hit a more open area that someone had mentioned was good for bobcats. I did not see any cats on this day. So I headed back into the more sheltered trees and wandered a little ways down a narrow trail, when great luck struck.
I almost did not believe it, an adorable, small gray fox kit was sitting right in the middle of the trail. I did not want to scare the fox; so I just froze where I was and tried to get the best shots I could through the tall grass and bushes that stood between me and the fox.
I did not dare move. But the fox did, and, much to my shock, the fox trotted towards me a few steps.
Finally, it seemed to piece together the potential threat posed by the loud clicking of the camera shutter and the short for a human but enormous for a fox animal watching intently. The fox gave me one last look, pivoted and darted quickly into thick bushes.
What a treat, though. And such a cute fox kit. Compared to other kits I've seen, this one seemed more stocky with such large paws for its little body. I was so thankful that I decided to give it one more go. You never know what might be right around the corner.