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June 15, 2007 by Charles Bertram  
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Living on the edge of suburban Lexington, I sometimes get to have close encounters with wildlife. So I try to keep a camera handy.

I was stepping out of the shower one morning this week when I looked out the window and saw this fox walking around the far side of my back yard. The sly creature didn’t stay long — just long enough for me to run for my camera and a long lens and fire off a few frames through a window screen.

Charles Bertram, the Herald-Leader’s chief photographer, suggested that I share the photo with you. He noted that it’s a good example of why it’s always a good idea to keep a camera handy for the unexpected.

(Technical details, if you’re interested: Nikon D200 camera, IOS 400, F8 at 1/250 second, 300mm lens, deep crop.)

While this fox is the most exotic animal to venture into my back yard this summer, he hasn’t been alone, as you can see here.

Hummingbirds, goldfinches, cardinals and squirrels are regulars around our deck, thanks to my wife Becky’s generous spending on bird seed and homemade nectar. They won’t let me get close, but they’re a lot easier to photograph than a fox.

Thanks to advances in digital photography, you don’t have to be a great photographer like Charles and his colleagues at the Herald-Leader to get a memorable image now and then. With a camera at the ready, it’s amazing what you can find in your own back yard.

Tom Eblen
Managing Editor


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One Response to “”
  1. Allan says:

    When I am home, the D200 usually sits on the kitchen counter next to the back door.

    You never know what might pass by.

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