FOX IN THE HENHOUSE

I rested my elbows on the windowsill and videoed away..so to speak.

Not exactly in the henhouse..

I can’t tell you how upset I am with myself.

It’s been at least three years since I’ve seen a fox in the neighborhood. This morning at quarter to 7 I looked out the “next to my computer” window and there he was. It was only starting to get daylight and there was always the possibility the photo wouldn’t finish well. But, I took it anyway. In fact, I took several shots and the one above is the only one that worked.

That’s not the end of the world”, I said to myself.

Just then large flocks of Canadian geese began to fly over the far hay field in preparation to land and feed. They were making a great deal of noise, as only the large flocks of geese may do, and I immediately set my camera to video. By this time, the sky had become light and the view from my camera lense was perfect. I rested my elbows on the windowsill and videoed away..so to speak. What an exciting opportunity for me. The flocks circled the fields three times, honking and calling all the way. One portion of their flight passed very close to my home.

Eventually, I decided to work with my pictures and see what I had accomplished. There were pictures taken yesterday and I saved the ones that were good. There weren’t many. The photo above, of the fox, was the best I had on the camera.

The videos require me to send them to a different place on my computer, so I decided to delete the still pics and the videos to work with later.

After marking each photo for deletion I arrived at the place where it says, “delete all?”, and I said “yes”.

And I did…delete all..that is.

My camera is empty. I wanted so much to share with all of you the wonderful videos I had made of the geese, sound and all.

They’ve been deleted.

Maybe they’ll fly by another day. Maybe they won’t. But take my word for it, those videos were really something else.

Now they’re “somewhere else”.

End of story.

Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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