Location & Date: Toronto, Ontario | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 70-200mm @ 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800th
There are few moments that make lying in poison ivy worth it, but this was one. Our transit-friendly, urban fox den in Toronto was unquestionably a fantastic experience in every way, except the aforementioned presence of poison ivy. We knew it was all around where we were shooting, but we hoped we had taken enough precautions (and were early enough in the season) to ward off any potential outbreaks. We were very, very wrong and I can almost pinpoint the moment it all went wrong. Jill and I were walking around the foxes’ territory trying to locate the family, when the kits appeared out of a den hole we believed had been abandoned. Not wanting to startle or disrupt their activities, we stayed stock still, only moving to lay down as the evening went by, in order to get on eye level with the kits. The result? An image that reminds me of two kids, one with their arm around the other, demonstrating the love and the bond. And, of course, itchy, ugly poison ivy marks all over our bodies. Totally worth it.