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21. The new Fox Kit 13

fox,kit,cub,portrait,young,young fox,red fox,vulpes vulpesPast year I spent a rather short, but quite intense period, watching three fox kits growing up.
At least..that’s what I aimed at.

I was so happy when I found them and -as you can imagine-I pictured these beautiful endless summer evenings with cute furry fox kits play-fighting in nice warm summer light.

Like so often: the imagination is far better than reality.
The cubs were very elusive and therefore really hard to approach.
Two of them just hardly ever showed up and disappeared with the slightest movement.
I only saw them twice for a split second.
So far for the cute playing shoot.

And then about the light.
Although the weather forecasts predicted cold and rain, the sky seemed to open up, as soon as I arrived.
My very welcome dark clouds dissolved and were almost instantly replaced by a clear and cloudless blue sky. Nice if your intention is to tan, but not if you planned to make nice photos.

So there I was….in my rain suit, with my fur padded boots at 10 PM.
Because of the sun it quickly became scorching hot, which wasn’t pleasant for the overly dressed photographer.
But much worse: the harsh light made it impossible to take any decent photos.
And then I realised, I would have to wait another 10 hours for the light to finally become acceptable…sigh.

Oh well……forget about my rant: the one cub/ kit was utterly cute and I was glad I was able to spend some wonderful moments with him, his sweet mother and most lovely helping aunt.

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The fox cubs elder sister from a previous litter helps raising the little kit.

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A happy fox cub in – unfortunately -very harsh light

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Mother fox gives her cub a scolding

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Fox cub curiously watches a fly flying by

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When mother and fox cub see each other after a period of absence, they greet each other.

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Mother fox and fox cub grooming

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Fox kit in the grass

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Curious young fox on a tree

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