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Fox

Where the red fox wanders.

When I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

~ Mary Oliver

Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.

~ Hildegard of Bingen

The difference between sun and shade.

Fox is considered to be persistent, yet is gentler and less aggressive than the wolf. Fox teaches us about feminine magic, but this does not imply that it is a totem for women. Rather, both men and women who have the fox as a totem are being told to stay in touch with the feminine side of their personality and character.

If fox shows up in your life it is a sign that you are to be aware of the actions of the world around you. The world is shape shifting and growing into new patterns all the time. Use the art of camouflage and keep cunningly silent about who and what you are observing. After observing for a while you will become aware of certain patterns of predictability in situations and you will know what to do. Fox’s medicine of camouflage teaches Oneness with all.

~ birdclan.org

In the irises (yesterday).

The other beings we share the land with here have been coming out of hiding lately.  They tend to do that during the spring months.  Perhaps they know that hunting season is well and truly over for now.  Or perhaps it’s a spring thing, a waking up that we all do when the days grow longer, the temperature begins to warm, and the greening begins.

This morning I saw our herd of deer stretched out across the front lawn.  There were six of them and they were doing their own version of physical distancing, all of them standing about six feet apart.  If I’d had the wide angle lens on the camera, I would have grabbed a picture.  It was kind of funny given our current circumstances.

A red fox came by, too.  Judging by behavior, my guess is that it was a vixen.  I am guessing that because she was squatting to do her scent marking.  However, that is not necessarily a sure sign that it’s a female fox.  Apparently males will do this, too.  She seemed like a “she” to me so I’m going with that.  I’ve seen plenty of scat on the trails while out on my walks.  This is the first time in a while I’ve seen the fox herself.

Out by the marsh today, clouds blanketing the sky.

It is day 14 of the 40-day self-care challenge.  How are you today?

I’ve been out for two walks again.  I’ve not yet done my meditation or yoga practices.  I will be sure to fit in both before the day is out.  I’m thinking about a yoga nidra practice for this evening.  Have you ever done a yoga nidra practice?  I find it very relaxing.  Here is one from Theo Wildcroft that I really like:  Tree Yoga Nidra.

The Ancient One. (I’ve been playing with this image, trying out various ways of editing.)

Today has been kind of hard, for no particular reason.  Or maybe for all the reasons.  Part of it is missing my family.  We haven’t seen our grandchildren and their parents since Christmas.  Today, that feels like a very long time.  That got me to thinking about people who have to leave their homes and family to seek sanctuary and safety elsewhere and how very hard that must be.  It hurts the heart, to think about such things.  I point that out not for sympathy, but as something I wish we could all learn.  Compassion, empathy, openheartedness.  (I know I’m preaching to the choir here because you all are a generous, compassionate, and openhearted group of people.)

It is also a reminder to count my blessings.  There are many.

Spring continues to offer up hope. (Peony)

Thank you for spending a little time with me today.  We’ll get through this.  And while we’re getting through it, let’s go watch the sunset this evening.  We can watch from the dock or out by the marsh.  Or just look out your window and see what there is to see.  Sunset is schedule for 7:29 PM.  I’m not sure there will be much to see with all the clouds around.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and the clouds will add to the experience.

Be safe, be well.  ♥♥♥

Pear-apple blossoms.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,326)  Pear-apple blossoms.  1,327)  A visit from the red fox.  1,328)  Walks, long and short and in between.  1,329)  Family and friends.  1,330)  Home-baked buns for the veggie burgers we had for lunch today.  M is getting really good at making bread.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

32 thoughts on “Fox

  1. The Ancient One has a lot of character. Spring is having a hard time moving in here because winter thinks it should hang around. It snowed again today and while it melts off quickly, it offends me. I need daffodils in bloom and sunshine.

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  2. I love old trees, yours is lovely! This huge storm offshore is still affecting us, too. No rain today, but mostly cloudy, and milder. We got in a nice walk on the road, where there was only one car. What strange times. I feel like the collective energy seems calmer today, as if resistance is being replaced with resignation and acceptance. It seems that we are being given an opportunity to awaken and remake old habits into something better. Time will tell.

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    1. Time will tell indeed, Eliza. To go through all of this and not awaken… ? I don’t know what to think of that idea. It seems absurd, but life is absurd. People can be, too (as we know all too well). I’m hoping the awakened will prevail. 🙂

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  3. Your beautiful post has lulled me into a lovely reverie…we saw a pair of foxes near the flat where we laid our heads in London, the prophetic prose makes me wonder…we returned home and not long later, the world began to reshape itself.

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  4. I love that you can see and photograph these animals. That fox! It’s lovely stockings! I did my meditation first thing this morning and then did some pretty heavy gardening for two and a half hours. I think I will still try to get in a shorter video–maybe to rebalance from the heavy forking and hoeing.

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  5. Love the quote that says the roses sing…and love that fox too. You see the coolest things on your property. I know it’s lonely, have you been able to do facetime or something like that with the grandkids or the parents?

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 We Zoom with the grandkids, talk on the phone with our sons. We’ve been doing the Sunday evening Zoom chats with our grandsons for a year or two so at least that remains a regular part of their schedule. I can see how hard it is on the Wookie, in particular, who misses his friends and preschool and his Ninja class. He misses us, too, and he seemed sad about it yesterday when we talked.

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  6. Spring does, indeed offer hope. We can see it all around us! May it lift us all to higher being and deeper feeling. Such a lovely picture of the fox. They are amazing! Enjoy your walks and all that you are doing to care for yourself. It makes a difference for all. Be well, dear Robin.

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  7. I love what you have done with that old tree – it looks magical! And you know I love a magical tree 🙂 I am very happy today because it is the first day my daughter was able to enter my bubble to visit. She has completed her two weeks isolation – working from home not being on campus. Here we are allowed to have two bubbles visit provided those two bubbles don’t visit anywhere else and she felt it very important to be ‘clean’ before coming to me. It was just so nice to spend time together in the flesh so to speak. We don’t have foxes here but I used to see them when I lived in the UK. They are such beautiful wild creatures!

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    1. How exciting, Pauline!! It is so wonderful that you are able to reconnect with your daughter. I have this lovely image of two beautiful bubbles spending time together. 🙂 I love a magical tree, too. I suspect this tree is magic without my help, but it’s hard to capture that in a photograph.

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    1. You’re welcome, and thank you so much, Laura, for pointing me towards the Japanese take on the fox. Very interesting how different cultures come up with different stories and yet, there are some things in common as well. 🙂

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  8. Interesting reading about the fox there. I see them all the time. Now I’ll know why. 🙂

    My mom’s grands visited from the sidewalk this weekend. It was a nice boost for her to see them. I hope you can at least see the kids through Facetime or something like that. I know it’s not the same, though.

    This, too, shall pass. Hang in there!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. 🙂 That’s something else many of us our sharing now — the missing and worrying about those we love who are not nearby. I can understand the extra worry about being in Brooklyn. May all of your loved ones be safe and well.

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