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Fox Hopping

This is going to be another catch-up post, mainly on Wolfy our one constant fox visitor. I’ve also been tweaking the website so that there is now a new header and some more slight changes to fonts and overall layout. Most of this is the result of updating my theme (Photocrati) which has allowed more flexibility and improved performance with better back-end security.

Enough of the tech-speak> here’s a quick round-up of fox activity.

There are a couple of regular cats that share the garden, and one in particular who camps out at night. It’s a beautiful fluffy thing and while there are occasional run-ins with the foxes they generally steer around each other. Except when they don’t. In this shot Wolfy had been laying down across the path while I was taking photos. The cat was trying to get to the corner of the garden and rather than step around the fox it decided to give him a quick tap on his rump. Caught us both by surprise! The cat then ambled another two or three yards and sat down watching us.

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Wolfy being pestered by a cat

We’ve also been trying to tidy the place up a bit, taking down some overgrown shrubs, including an out of control privet. Here’s Wolfy admiring the job (half done at that stage).

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Wolfy admiring our gardening

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Investigating garden cuttings

Towards the latter part of January we had a lunar eclipse. I missed most of it, but did wake up just after totality and grabbed this shot at 5.45am.

lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

The end of January saw us get a light covering of snow. This brought out one of the other foxes (one we don’t usually see).

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Unknown fox in the snow

A couple of nights later (and after a second snow-fall), I managed to get some pictures of Wolfy in the white stuff.

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Wolfy in the snow

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Wolfy in the snow

fox in snow

Wolfy in the snow

Which brings me to the title of the blog. Somewhere on his travels Wolfy got himself injured. He picked up a very heavy limp on his right front leg, plus a cut on his head. This left him almost hopping about the garden.

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Wolfy holding up injured leg.

I first spotted the injury on 4th February and he seemed to be struggling with it for about a week, though foxes are highly mobile even on three legs. Injuries like this are very common and pretty much an occupational hazard of being a fox. It’s all the climbing, jumping, scrambling over fences that places them at risk. Just about every fox we’ve known well has sported a lip at one time or another.

fox running with injured leg

Wolfy running with injured leg (on far side/front)

Thankfully he’s fine now (only the slightest hint of a limp left).

fox sitting

His foot seems to have healed and he’s now placing it on the ground and letting it bear his weight.

Finally, here’s a clip of a couple of the more elusive foxes out in the snow.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and (as far as I can remember) the EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS II USM lens.

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Golf Silhouettes

Every now and then I try something different as a way of extending my photography. I was out on the South Downs earlier this week, looking to see if any birds of prey were about. It was quiet so I ended up walking along a path that runs down part of a local golf course. The sun was fairly low, and there was a faint haze; but a group of golfers on a distant hill gave me what I needed. It made a change not to be chasing birds and worrying about shutter speed. For these I could turn it all down and take my time. I dialled in a little negative exposure compensation to kill the foreground (keep it nice and black) and then just let the light do its thing.

golfers silhouette

golfers silhouette

golfers silhouette

So just a short sequence while one of them played a shot and they set off down the course. It’s visually so simple, but the outlines were strong, and the light I think makes it.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Hastings Pier

Having more time to myself means that I have more time to explore different areas of photography. Yesterday I was over in Hastings and spent a short time on Hastings Pier. The pier itself is unusual in that it is essentially a blank canvas, a community space quite unlike the traditional seaside pier. It’s new and was the winner of the 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize as the best new UK building. Interesting as the design is, the pier is not proving commercially successful. Whether the minimalist approach to shared space will survive is very uncertain. The possibility is that a buyer (if one can be found) will significantly change the nature and purpose of the pier (i.e. turn it into a traditional penny arcade style of pier).

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The main structure on the central area of the pier

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Beach-hut style small workshops

Hastings pier

Hastings Pier

Hastings pier

The main structures are all very minimalist pale wood

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Hastings Pier view to the sea

Hastings pier

The nearest I’ll get to a selfie. The old town is reflected in the glass of the restaurant area at the shore-end.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lenses.

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