It’s Sunday, the official break day from the A to Z blog Challenge and it struck me that I could post just after midnight Saturday night and move on to other pursuits, namely, reloading my trail cam and placing new bait on the deck where I await the nightly visit of the fox who lives under our deck.
My husband thinks the fox may be a vixen and has looked at my pictures for definitive clues that it’s a “she” not a “he” though I’m not sure I agree.
Based on the extensive collection of scats the fox has left…
…on the steps of the hot tub
…on the path to the laundry room
…on the outdoor dog bed
…on the entry stairs to the house
…and best of all…
…on the roof of the chicken coop…
I wonder if it isn’t male.
Sadly, I did not have my trail cam pointed at the roof at the time this happened and missed the best shot of the year. I imagine the fox used the metal stepladder to launch in the manner of Mary Lou Retton on the parallel bars, landing on the roof just in time to stick a perfect “10” before defecating on the shingles and running away again.
Tonight, I’ve loaded a plate with fresh eggs in the hope that I can get a few pictures of mother nature’s fancy-footed furball working out the physics of things that wobble and waver. I have a few other ideas in store which will test for problem solving ability and am excited about what the trail cam will bring.
In the meantime, here are a few pictures of the fox I have named Kitsune, inspired by author Katherine Lawrence’s books and the fox symbolism in her stories. For more about Katherine’s work, you can find her books here.
Here are some pictures of Kitsune enjoying evening feasts.