Sunday photoblogging: fox news

by Chris Bertram on May 31, 2020

This character has been ruling over the local allotments recently. Bold, but very quiet, and you don’t see it coming until you do. Looks to be in good condition.

Fox at the allotments



Alan White 05.31.20 at 2:42 pm

I know all too well how difficult it is to take a great pix like this. Q: do you ever use sports settings or such to capture multiple shots at a time? I have now and then and gotten some good results.


Chris Bertram 05.31.20 at 2:53 pm

@Alan I’m nearly always set up on aperture priority and AF-S, with a single focus point then recompose. I probably would do better for shots like this to use something different, as you say.


Dr. Hilarius 05.31.20 at 5:08 pm

Lovely shot of a lovely animal. I keep seeing stories about wanton cruelty toward foxes as some sort of political statement against the ban on fox hunting. What is wrong with these people (sort-of rhetorical question)?

There is a Russian photographer, Alexandra Bochkareva, who uses a tame fox (saved from a fur farm) in her work. It’s magical.


bad Jim 06.01.20 at 7:45 am

I saw a gray fox in my yard one day, just as the gardeners arrived, maybe a minute’s glimpse, wondering what dog is this? How did it get here? It disappeared on the instant; this fox can climb.

Capturing a fox with a camera is extraordinary, but it’s the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from this source.


Chris Bertram 06.01.20 at 11:30 am

I’d love to be able to claim I’d done something special @bad Jim, but they are really quite unafraid around humans. They keep their distance rather than hiding, and seem sure that the space belongs to them and not to the people who they see out and about.


JanieM 06.01.20 at 1:34 pm

This pic immediately reminded me of the novel Happiness, by Aminatta Forna. It’s set mostly in London, and one of the main characters is there to study foxes in urban settings.

The book is upsetting and lovely at the same time. I was lucky enough to read it while I was actually in London, which has happened for only a few days of my life.


Barry 06.02.20 at 6:42 pm

This is a striking photo, Chris!


Dr. Hilarius 06.03.20 at 8:05 pm

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