Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since I’ve featured the photos of Colin Franks (website here, Instagram page here, and Facebook page here), but we have a doozy today: a bunch of beautiful photos of a beautiful animal: the red fox (Vulpes vulpes). As you see, wild ones come in different colors. Colin’s notes are only the sentence below; I asked about locations, and he’s keeping it a secret to protect the foxes.

Here’s another batch of photos, but this time it’s Red Foxes!

I love this photo of a kit staring at a bee:


This color chart from Deviant Art, made by CJC NightFox, says there are three colors of wild red foxes, and many more in the domesticated breeds. We seem to have red, silver, and crosses in the photos above.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Beautiful set – the bee pic is exceptional!

  2. GBJames
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Can’t we at least know the general country/region?

    • Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      I don’t know it and even if I did I have to protect the foxes. If Colin wants to give a general answer, he’ll do so here.

    • Colin
      Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      These were taken in the western US.

      • GBJames
        Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:55 am | Permalink


  3. Charles Sawicki
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Great photos!

  4. Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Those are simply amazing!

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Really first class photos.

  6. Dragon
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Excellent photos.

  7. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    In the UK foxes may vary a little in their fur colouring but we do not get anything like the range of variants shown in the chart here. I wonder why it should be more variable in some regions than others?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 15, 2019 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      Bigger populations ; wider range of environments. For starters.

  8. Posted May 15, 2019 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Those are wonderful pictures, and I am sure they are the fruits of an enormous investment of time, energy,and patience. We’re lucky to have people like Colin connecting us to the lives of these beautiful animals.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted May 15, 2019 at 12:31 pm | Permalink


  9. rickflick
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Foxes are truly beautiful beasties. Hard to pick a favorite here…maybe the wrestling match with the black one on her back.

  10. Posted May 15, 2019 at 10:00 am | Permalink


  11. Garry VanGelderen
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Only two comments:
    1. Wow..!!
    2. I am jealous. I have foxes visiting my property from time to time and have seen some variation in fur colour. But nothing like this (yet).

  12. TJR
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Those are seriously cute and adorable foxes.

    Unless you are the rabbit, of course.

  13. Posted May 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful shots, Colin!

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