Braving the winter chill was worth this wildlife encounter
Ihave many hobbies, but I think photography has to rank as number one. I love capturing “in the moment” shots the most—nothing posed. Although I enjoy photographing many different things, my favourite has to be wildlife.
I always travel with my boyfriend, Brian Kenkel, who is also a great photographer. We both enjoy going out and searching for hidden places that no one knows about— those hidden gems away from the city. Sometimes, the best places are right here in our own backyard. I try not to let life get in the way of me enjoying time out in nature, and the peacefulness it provides me.
I snapped this photo of a red fox in Algonquin Park in February 2016 on a bitterly cold day. Brian and I woke up to a temperature of -45°C—the car would not even start at first.
Eventually, we were off and running and after venturing into the woods, lo and behold, this fellow showed up!
Of all the beautiful wildlife here in Canada, the red fox is one of my favourites. Young foxes, known as kits, are curious about the world, not at all shy and love to investigate their surroundings. It does not take long though for maturity to set in and for them to search out new grounds once they’ve been pushed out of the den. I like to take the opportunity to be with these, my favourite animals, for as long as I can until they move on to another area.
On this day, due to the frigid cold, Brian and I kept hopping in and out of the car to keep warm, but I finally managed to take a few shots. Almost posing for us, this friendly fellow seemed to enjoy our company. Adaptable to the cold, he didn’t seem to mind the bitter temps at all.
I would brave the cold again just for the opportunity to spend more time with this little guy.