Fox Tracks

When I was a kid growing up in Missouri, I was fascinated by snow drifts. Sometimes the wind blew snow into such hard-packed drifts that we could walk on top of them. If the snow was deep enough and the drifts large enough, this meant that we could sometimes step right over a fence. The idea of frozen ice crystals packed tightly enough to hold my weight up was, and still is a pretty neat quirk of nature, although drifts aren’t as likely to hold up my weight today as they once were.

Yesterday while in our pasture looking for a tree suitable to become our Christmas tree, we saw some tracks of what I first thought must be a coyote delicately treading atop a snow drift.

But when I looked more closely, I decided that tracks were too small for a coyote and they must be of a fox instead.

I wish I could have witnessed the fox as he tip-toed over the snow drift. Foxes are such beautiful animals and rare sights in our area.


10 comments to Fox Tracks

  • Debbie

    Foxes are so beautiful, and for that matter, coyotes can be too! I’ve only seen either of them a few times for brief seconds, but am always amazed. I know they can cause problems, but they are really pretty!

  • Debbie

    That would be really cool to walk over a fence in the snow drifts!

  • Amy C.

    Are you sure Kitty didn’t finally decide to go outside and hop around in the snow? Ha!

  • Glyndalyn

    Wish we had snow. We have foxes. They cross our property daily, close to the house. They were once rare here, too, but have made a come back. So far, they left things alone.

  • Tina

    The snow is beautiful in your picture. I love to look at it but so glad we have sunshine and no snow. I wish you and Harland and Kitty a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. To all of your readers I wish you Peace. Please do a kind random act for someone this holiday and pray for Peace where there is fighting and hope where there is desperation.

  • Louise S

    Is it a Kansas thing? My dad did the same…….went out on our farm on Christmas Eve day to cut down a tree. We decorated it that day/evening. Some of them were pretty scraggly, lol, but it served its purpose, and we thought it was beautiful after decorating it. I would love to see a picture of yours, Suzanne.

    Merry Christmas, everyone.

  • Merry Christmas to your family, Suzanne. may the new year bring peace and health to your area of the world.

  • Doe in Mi

    I live about 1/4 mile from a freeway and 2 miles from one of the busiest streets coming out of the city on a dead end street with woods front and back of my home. I see all kinds of critters, even get some a my deck, and at one time I had a fox close by in back of the house. One morning early (still quite dark) the back door open I heard a wierd noise, went to see what it was and here was a fox chasing my cat in the neighbors yard. I watched with fright, they went in a circle all of a sudden cat did a u-turn went past the fox and hid behind a stump, fox did a pivet then went down on elbows like a dog and barked. Cat peeked and run to a tree and peeked back.
    At this point fox went for the woods again and the cat chased it. I could not believe what I had just watched — they were just playing together. Hope you enjoy this story its the truth. Wish I had a video of it. Marry Chistmas to all..

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