Part three of our summer in review: a sample of the more than twenty five thousand images we captured and a few teases of the compelling stories we were able to document.
The Chase: Fox Den – Mission Accomplished
Every month we break down our chase to find an animal or sight that has eluded us over the years. And one of our primary goals, if you recall this post from the spring, was to find a fox den after several near misses/spectacular failures.
The fox den chase? Find me a battleship and a huge banner because it’s mission accomplished.
And not the George W. Bush standard for mission accomplished either. We had fox dens in spades.
In fact, over the course of the summer, we found four dens and knew of at least five others that we never had time to explore, mainly because the dens we found were so extraordinary.
Thanks to a generous friend and a very kind landowner, we were able to watch a fox family in the middle of sheep farm outside of Yellowstone. Llamas babysat the kits. Yes, it is a story in and of itself.
In Yellowstone proper, we discovered that a fox had a den on the superintendent’s back lawn. Also a story for later.
But really it was Waterton which turned out to be fox mecca. We found one den in an abandoned gas station.
And another next to the road.
The latter den produced half of the images we shot this summer and, without exaggeration, changed our lives. We got to know the kits on a first name basis (more on this later), while watching and being consumed by heartbreak and unmatched joy.
The stories of this successful end to a marathon chase are to come, but above are a few images from the multiple fox dens to give you a sense of how thoroughly we got this monkey off our back.