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Old 05-10-2011, 09:30 AM   #11
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Thanks Dave.
As a child we had a pet fox. I found the den while horseback riding with a friend. Both families dug and dug for hours until they located the main den under a small bush. We ended up taking one for ourselves to raise. She became a very lovable companion but was kept outdoors where she could freely dig and keep cool within mother earth. Back then, they sold the pups at the local pet stores. You certainly would not do THAT now-days.

Dad being a taxidermist for the museum had a permit that allowed us whatever live creatures he needed for studying their natural poses.
I was very fortunate to have experienced the live specimens. Most were borrowed from the local zoos. I recall how feisty a badger can be and how poofy the little owlets of the great horned owl were. They were and still are my favorites.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:21 AM   #12
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They're Red foxes, Vulpes vulpes - the male was dark phase, almost black. The female was a typical red. As you can see in the below images (not contest entries) the parent foxes were losing their winter coats...
Fox fascinate me. I hope to see some here some day soon.

Great shots by the way.
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That is such a cool shot! What is it?
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:55 PM   #15
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You didn't recognize her? It's a damselfly. They're very similar to a dragonfly. (Both in the order of Odonata)
Their eyes have a definite space between them whereas dragonfly eyes usually touch.
Their wings are held parallel to their more sleek body when at rest verses the perpendicular stance of the larger bodied dragonflies.
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You didn't recognize her? It's a damselfly.
From that angle, no I didn't recognize her as a damselfly. Great shot--unusual take on a beautiful insect.
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Had to do a belly rub to get that shot.
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I raise damselflies and I didn't recognize it! What do you mean you had to do a belly rub? did you get an id on the type of damsel? male/female?
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I had to lie on the ground with my eye in the viewfinder to get her into focus.
I could show you a side shot of her if our most honorable judge would allow such a privilege, to see if anyone could I.D. her for us.
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I raise damselflies and I didn't recognize it!
That makes me feel better. Thanks, bridget!
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