Red Foxes

“Wildness is the preservation of the world.”

Henry David Thoreau

 Do you remember Rudy? Rudy was one foxes, who (almost) lived with us at Puntilla Lake a few winters ago. He was the first red fox I saw with a dark face and almost black legs.


Now I have met an even more distinct member of that species. This one is all gray and dark, not a hint of red. Equally curious, though.


Looking for inspiration I found the photography of Roeselin Raymond. Have a look at her Zen Foxes.

Into the Wild

Good bye my friends

You, leaving?

You, leaving?

It is time to say good bye to my friends the foxes. Not only because I am leaving, but also because the dogs of Puntilla Lake return. Hank and Brix are already here watching out for us. Tomorrow Remington and Neko will return and outnumber the foxes.

The foxes were splashes of color and entertainment during the winter. We watched them playfully interact with each other, barking across the lake, gliding across the powder with ease. Some were shy, all of them were curious, and they steal worse than ravens. It’s a hard life out there. Stay warm.


Bye, bye. Miss you,too.


Inside Out

Earth Day

“This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man does not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Chief Seattle

What did I do to celebrate Earth Day?

I did not drive my car to work today.
I did not heat the house today.
I did not shop today.

Well, that’s not much, given my current situation. There is no road. I have no car. Although it is below 20 degrees outside the house remains warm enough so that I don’t need to fire up the wood stove. During the day it warms up to 49 degrees Fahrenheit. Under a clear sky the sun feels more like 80 degrees. Is there such a thing as the Arctic Solar Factor? And shopping? The next store is 120 miles away and they don’t deliver right now. So, no big deal.

Although, I commend the institution of Earth Day, I think that it is not enough. We should have an Earth Year, followed by an Earth Century, where we give Mother Earth a reprieve from our abuse. I am not sure what we should or should not due to heal Earth, but I am sure we cannot keep going as we do now. We can, but it will be a crowded, artificial place and in the end wilderness and adventure will be distant memories.

What does the fox say?

"What did you do for Earth Day?"

“What did you do for Earth Day?”

One Man's Paradise

Another cold one…

“It’s -17°F today,
almost too cold to play…

What are you going to say?
What are you going to do?”

see Camille’s blog

Fur ball

Fur ball

Even our foxes have decided to curl up and take it easy today. Clear skies, little wind, and an hour of direct sun light, equates to minus seventeen, Fahrenheit that is. Walking on the snow sounds like cutting Styrofoam for lack of a better description. The lake outlet is now frozen solid, no more visible running water… Only our faucet still produces cold clear water, a miracle.

Now it’s time to relax in front of the fire place, reflect, and write… And there will be a delicious dinner on the table tonight, no hunting or scavenging required. I have it good.