This morning I headed out on the trail to set up my new wildlife camera for a second time. The temperature felt warm, despite the thermometer reading -10c. It's all about perspective. Having been going out in -25c for the last couple of mornings made -10c feel mild. It started to rain as I left the house. The rain drops froze and crackled as they hit tree branches and my coat. The whole forest sounded like a certain breakfast cereal, snapping, crackling, and popping! I walked along the trail for awhile before ducking through the trees and scrambling down a steep hill to the creek. I fumbled around, setting up the camera on a tree, checking the range, and then locking the camera in place. I headed back down the trail towards home, the whole process having taken nearly 2 hours. As I got to the end of the trail, I was startled to see a red fox, just a few metres from me down a small hill. I was surprised because I wasn't being quiet in the least. My snow pants make quite a racket when I walk and the snow was loudly crunching under my feet. I spotted the fox before she spotted me. What a beautiful sight! I have never seen a red fox in the winter before. Her fur was luxuriously full and lustrous. The contrast of the red coat with dark stockings against the white snow was striking. The fox glanced up to see me as I turned on my camera and then she trotted into the brush. She wasn't in a big hurry, but she wasn't going to stick around either. I attempted to take a few pictures, but was disappointed when I found later at home that I hadn't captured her in any of them. Winter can seem so devoid of colour. Seeing such a bright flash of red in a largely black and white world was very memorable.
This is the very first footage I caught with the wildlife camera I got for Christmas! A coyote.
Hopefully in another couple of weeks I'll have some new images from my camera to share!