Brav­ing the win­ter chill was worth this wildlife en­counter

Our Canada - - Contents - by Nancy La­gace, Cam­bridge, Ont.

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.

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