Monday, February 6, 2012
|photos by Jonathan Schechter|
Tawas Point State Park, Michigan
Feb 5, 2012
Winter weather has been skewed in southern Michigan, but the lack of shifting snows on the
shores of Lake Huron give new opportunity to explore the cryptic lives of many species: the
red fox among them. Tracking and the art of seeing (perhaps I should say understanding
instead of seeing)is pure pleasure along the shoreline of Tawas Point State Park. These red
fox tracks led from a nearly obscured den in tall grasses and shrubs on the leeward side of a
dune down to the very edge of the shifting floes of ice. Perhaps the fox went for a drink.
Perhaps he went to sit, watch and listen to the ice. Only the fox knows. I suspect it was both.
But the tracks also went to a fresh pile of feathers.
The fox slept with a full belly; the story in the sand told me so.