Mike and I moved into our house with a solarium that allowed us to see the abundance of wildlife in our area. I had noticed a fox bopping across our lawn on a regular. One day, this little fox ,who I named Henri', boldly walked up to me within 6 feet!! Kinda freaked me out. But I started taking photos of him with my iPhone. I posted this magical visitor on FaceBook and social media. My husband, Mike , an amazing photographer took pity on my blurry photos and bought me a real camera to give me a chance at not posting Rorschach prints. My little Henri would come hang out just about every day and loved the camera and attention.
From there it's just snowballed. Fast forward 5 years and 2 camera upgrades later, I filled a 2 terabyte computer with over 200,000+ tries at decent photos. I'm almost embarrassed to say how many were unusable. But through my neighborhood wildlife photography I found a way of sharing my deep connection to all the different species, There's been a series of fox families that have staked our land as theirs. It's ok, they still let us live here. And we also back up to 5 acres of wooded area.
So there are many species. We have The Bench out front that I still put peanuts and sunflower seeds and fresh water. We have foxes, raccoons, deer, possums, groundhogs and a skunk named Baxter, chipmunks and squirrels and a swath of different birds. I've seen 4 different species at a time having a nosh at The Bench. And there is even a family of flying squirrels in the Tulip Poplar. My little Henri last visited about 9 months ago. I hope we meet again someday. Until then, there are a few young ones that have his same soul patch on their furry chins.
I hope you enjoy my offering. I've always had a deep connection to dogs, cats and horses. This immersion has just deepened my passion for wild buddies as well.
The Bench is back!! The 2022 calendar is off being printed and I'm really excited for you to see how it turned out. It came to fruition with the help and guidance of Lena Markley at Dovetail Design Studio and husband, Mike. It takes a village.
All proceeds go to Nirvana Ridge Wildlife Rescue.
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