Fox (animal, not news)

“The fox went out for a chase one night
prayed to the moon to give him light
for he had many a mile to go that night
before he reached the town-o, town-o…”

So goes the traditional folk song (I was a great aficionado of folk music in the 50’s and 60’s).  So, I was excited for the opportunity to photograph these gray foxes that, for the past couple of year, have chosen to den in the canyon near some of the homes in our community.

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For several years I’ve found small piles of scat on the walls full of seeds and manzanita berries (a typical fox habit) and have occasionally seen one at night in the open area behind our yard, but these guys were pretty tame and spent a lot of time out in the daylight.  Hopefully I’ll get a better opportunity next year to spend a lot more time photographing them but here’s one afternoon’s effort:

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Costa Rica

January, 2012

The big lens arrived 2 days before our long-awaited vacation to Costa Rica.  Kathy said, “You’re not planning to take that with us, are you?”  Dumb question!  I have a new super telephoto lens and I’m going to Costa Rica and I’ll leave it in the closet?  Sure…and Rick Santorum is to become the spokesperson for Viagra!  And anyway, 2 pairs of shorts, 3 T-shirts, a couple pairs of undershorts and my Tevas should be plenty for the week.  I can wear my boots, Hawaiian shirt and long pants on the plane and why would I need shaving gear while on a vacation?  I stuck my electric toothbrush in with the extra batteries for the camera, my daily doses of pills in a vacant pocket of my cargo pants, and my extra contacts and solution in another pocket.  Of course the tripod seemed a problem but aren’t you allowed a carry-on and a personal item when you board the plane? So the camera gear went in my carry-on backpack and the tripod was used as a cane as I limped through the TSA stations.  Then there was Kathy’s bag with 2 changes of clothes/day and winter wear just in case we got into a freak snow storm blowing in across the Equator.  We were on our way!

I won’t bore you with the details of our trip other than to say everything went perfect and we had a wonderful time.  The only hitch was the photography wasn’t very exciting…too many people in the National Park and on the beaches.  But the two-for-one pina coladas at our resort veranda, watching the sun go down in the Pacific every evening kept me mellow.  Here are the few shots worth looking at:

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Three-toed Sloth

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White-faced Monkey

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Iguana

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Scarlet-rumped Tanager

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Crab-eating Raccoon

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Happy Hour

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Sunset