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Heather Sims

Black Forest, CO United States

"Fox Den"


Art: Fox Den by Artist Heather Sims
This painting was painted from a photo I took this spring when a family of foxes took residence on our property.   One morning I was trying to call my dog and when he didn't come I went outside to check it out.  I found him running the fence with a fox which really surprised me and I started posting to Facebook all about it.   I would go out with my camera and look for this fox as she was hanging out in broad day light near our fence. Very strange!  

Later that morning while I was looking for her to photo I heard noises coming from a pipe that runs under our driveway. It was a sound like a gagging noise.  I posted on Facebook about it and got a lot of curiosity and rooting me on of what was in there.  I suspected that whatever was in this pipe was the reason that the fox was hanging around.  I was too nervous to look in the pipe because really who knows what it could of been.  Maybe it was prey?   I just didn't want to put my head in a dark pipe looking around and have my face eaten off. ;D.   The next evening my husband and I went outside armed with a flashlight and a camera we shined the light in the pipe and took the photo.  Wow.. we got a great shot!  Not one but TWO sets of ears inside.. We found this fox kits!   Over the course of the next few days I got MANY photos of mama fox (which I named her "Betty") and the kits in the pipe.  I'd go out and shine that light in the pipe and snap pictures, I took a short video, many photos and one photo I got had the kits with the neighbor dog's ball!  So cute!  Somehow we managed through the spring with a fox family and my chickens being left alone..  Of course I have my chickens in a predator proof run so I'm sure that helped. ;D 

This painting was painted from one of the many photos I took.

Enjoy! :)

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First shot of the fox kits in the pipe. :)

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