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Sleeping Fox by Les-Piccolo Sleeping Fox by Les-Piccolo
I don't usually donít write stories to go along with my pictures but in this case the story is worth telling.
Almost every winter in March for the past 30 years myself and three of my friends spend 4 or 5 days fishing and winter camping in Lake Superior Provincial Park. These days my friends fish and I look for photo opportunities. Last week was our annual trip. Temperatures were below normal for this time of year being below minus 20 C every night with a strong north wind every day. On the second day I headed off by myself to find something worth photographing. I traveled down a narrow bay through a narrows that opened up into a series of small ponds. I walked to the second small pond and decided to stop and take a break. I drag a small sleigh with my photo equipment and a small chair to rest on. I started to pull the bungey cords off the sleigh when I caught a small movement out of the corner of my eye. Approaching me was this small fox. He walked over to me and sat down next to the sleigh. I was a little dumbfounded as I have rarely had wild animals approach me. Usually itís the other way around and ends with them trying to get away as fast as possible. He (male Fox) came over to the sleigh and picked up the bungey cord I had just detached from the sleigh and carried it up the bank of the pond a short way and sniffed it over before deciding it was not good to eat. He then came back and started tugging on my jacket which was still attached to the sleigh. He soon gave up on that and after giving the entire sleigh a good inspection decided there was nothing worth the effort on the sleigh so he went up the bank of the pond to the edge of the bush and laid down about 15 ft away from me. For the next hour I photographed and observed him as he rested in the sun.
After about an hour I decided to move on and packed up the sleigh to head back to the campsite. I left with the fox still on the bank of the pond resting and he lifted his head and watched me leave on my trail in. When I traveled about 100 meters across the pond I stopped and turned around and saw that the fox was following me about 50 meters behind. I reached the other side of the pond and stopped and waited for the fox to catch up which he did and he promptly tried to tug my jacket off the sleigh. I headed off again and the fox veered off into the bush. I got out onto the big lake following my trail in, and traveled a few hundred yards across a large bay and came to the opposite end of an island we were camped on. I turned around and there was the fox again following on my trail. The fox then cut up into the bush of the island and we traveled together, me on the lake and him just inside the bush of the island as I could see him walking along keeping pace with me. I came around the corner of the island where our campsite was and there was the fox coming out of the bush just in front of our campsite. The fox inspected the campsite while I tried to stay ahead of him, hiding anything that he could cause trouble with like our food. After about 10 min he left.
Later that evening my friends came back to camp with several Lake Trout and some Brook Trout they had caught during the day. The fox reappeared shortly before dark and finally got what he had been looking for I think, something to eat. My friends were cleaning their fish on the ice and the fox spent half an hour picking up the remains and eating some and caching the rest.
We watched him till dark and the image I will always remember from this encounter will be the one of him playfully chasing little pieces of snow that the wind was blowing across the lake in the falling light and pouncing on them like a cat with a ball of yarn. Life was good. See more shots at [link]
Dec. 12 2012
Thanks for the Daily Deviation and thank you all for stopping by and offering your kind comments. Much appreciated.

Just as a post script I'd like to add a comment here and I should have done this before. This is a wild animal and while it is extremely "cute" which is the predominate comment here it is still very much wild and I do not condone feeding wild animals. I have said this before in response to some negative feedback that it is never a good idea to feed wild animals and always keep your distance as they can be upredictable. In this case the fox was being opportunistic and cleaning up the fish remains while my friends were cleaning their fish. This is more of an insight into man and animal relationships that go back thousands of years and while this animal can be seen as cute which it certainly is, no argument there, it is still very much a wild animal. Those animals that survive are the ones that seize the opportunity as this fox did. Northern Ontario Canada is a very hash place in the winter time.
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dasuno Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Excellent story and I strongly agree with your wildlife ideals. I am a camper myself. I try to leave nothing but footsteps and while I admire and respect the wild animals I always leave them as the found me, wild. I also never store food in my tent unlike so many others.  
Wupziditaet Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Thats really an impressing picture and thank you for posting the Story behind it.
You really had much luck that you had the possibility to see this cute fox so close for such a long time.
I come from Germany from a small village that is surrounded by huge Forests and foxes are ver common here but I just had the luck to see a fox so close one time in 27 years.
Seems that they are more shy here^^
Les-Piccolo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Thank you for the comment.  Fox can be shy here also.  This was an exception.  From my experience the less contact the fox has with humans the more likely it is to not show fear and accept you as just another animal in the bush.
EosFoxx Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I have a pillow with that o.o sold in germany stores. hope it was not stolen
Les-Piccolo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Yes I have seen that pillow.  The image was stolen.  The pillow became unavailable in the online store shortly after I sent them a note to tell them the image on the pillow was being used without my permission.
I don't know if it's still there or not, I haven't checked in a while.
The dangers of posting anything online.
RyanTrevorPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really Love  This keep up the excellent work! 
Les-Piccolo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Thank you !!
Overlyretardedkawaii Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wanna cuddle with it!!!
reader1337 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Do you know about that?
I got one of these and found your photograph by google search.…
Great shot, best regards.
Les-Piccolo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Thanks for showing me this.
Getty images in the US has the rights to this photo now and it did sell last year but I have no way of knowing if this is legit or someone is ripping me off.
The hazards of putting your work on the internet.
Enjoy you pillow.
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