12/03/14 Island Beach State Park

Posted: January 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

The foxes are looking much healthier this year. This was the first time I heard any sound coming from a fox. The female seemed to be giving the male some lip. She was playing in the sand and chewing on some bark while the male was following the fishermen looking to steal some bait. They were also performing their little mating dance.

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The trail to the beach.

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This guy kept me company while I photographed the trail.

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The Nature Center from the beach.

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  1. marionz costa says:

    Like the trail thru the trees and had no idea they existed on IBSP. Those foxes love you and are looking to go home with you, I think, Ray. Glad they survived previous 2 very hard winters. Last year’s was extra long, cold and snowey. I would find it very hard not to feed them, as it is survival of the fittest, mean many must die each winter. I love all animals, and saw it with the deer in the Catskills when I worked with Explorer Scouts (BSA) and did a camping/XC ski weekend there one winter. The ranger had to shoot a starving half dead deer. Deep snows mean little food for herbivores.
    Best wishes to you and your work in 2015. How did your Princeton Show go?
    marion 😊
    I stopped showing last year after going strong for two years back to back with several solo exhibits in between of SANDY. In this area, sales are nonexistant and I just simply got tired of spending money I don’t have to keep it going between memberships, fees, jury fees, materials, frames, etc. etc. Do you cut all your own mattes and do your own framing? I have no room for that here, and even less room for storage afterwards as it is only a tiny closet condo for one person.

    Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:59:51 +0000
    To: marionzcosta@hotmail.com

  2. Ken Curtis says:

    Excellent work, Ray.

  3. Glenn says:

    You’ve captured the wonders of nature and the serenity! This is truly a gift, Ray. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  4. Ray, thank you for these ‘pransome hinces’! What fascinates me is their trust of you. Some of us wish you would let us know which fox is which — do YOU know the difference? I am not skilled enough at studying animals to know what ‘field marks’ distinguish one from another. Thank you for this privilege. Carolyn

    • rtyblog says:

      Hi Carolyn. It’s not that they trust me so much as most are looking for a hand out. The first fox was along the path. The last few shots are the female (I think) in a pair I found near the first entrance to the beach area. They were playing on the higher dunes. I didn’t photograph the male as he was roaming around the parking lot, not a very nature looking shot. I also don’t photograph any fox on the road either. The only fox I recognize is the little female with the bum leg. She walks with a limp.

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