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.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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10 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    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!

  2. Debbie says:

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

  3. Amy C. says:

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

  4. Glyndalyn says:

    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.

  5. Tina says:

    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.

  6. Louise S says:

    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.

  7. Lynda M O says:

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

  8. Doe in Mi says:

    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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