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Old Blue

Old Blue
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Copyright: Gary Fudge (garyfudge) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 5 N: 320] (1098)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-10 5:39
Viewed: 3443
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Arctic Foxes can be either gray-blue or white. The blue colouration is not as common as the white. Young of each colour may occur in the same litter.
As summer begins, the arctic fox sheds its white coat for a brown one, perfect cover for summer. The change back to a winter coat occurs in September and October. By November the white winter coat is complete. Foxes of the blue colouring remain dark or charcoal coloured all year but become a little lighter in winter.
Arctic fox feed primarily on small mammals, including hares and voles. Fox denning near rocky cliffs along the seacoast often depend heavily on nesting seabirds such as auklets, puffins, and murres.
This one is tucking into a nice juicy rabbit.
Quite often they will kill several animals and then bury the remains, digging them up to concume them later.

Kathleen, eqshannon, angybone, lawhill, Debz, jaycee, Proframe, ramthakur, nglen, Jamesp, MMM, kjpweb, Little-white has marked this note useful
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Hi Gary.
Great detail in your image, I bet you wish you could of reached out and plucked the piece of grass away though. Really interesting notes to go with your image about the blue and the changing of colour for the Artic Fox.
Great environment and behavior image, colour and detail, spot on.

New Zealand

A nice 3/4 pose this animal gave, and eyes centered on the picture looking right into us, while pausing form his snack. He looks like a formidable foe for some nature creatures. And I especially like the composition of this picture.

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

I just want to brush this fellow's fur. :)
What a great pov - caught in the middle of an afternoon snack. The detail in the fur is great!I agree with Bob - your 3/4 composition is perfect!

Hello Gary,
Great capture with colors and sharpness, well composed, nice eye contact well done TFS regards/Lawhill

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-10 9:44]

Hi Gary, it must be amazing to see Artic foxes. This one looks very close to you. He is very clear and sharp with magnificent eyes. Good colour and tone range and great POV.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-10 11:19]

Hi Gary,

Lovely capture of this Arctic Fox whose nose is being tickled by the grass. I think that is cute and doesn't take away from the shot at all. Lovely colors - good details - he looks so fluffy. Beautiful natural setting.


  • Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
  • [2007-06-10 12:56]

Gorgeous image Gary.
What a cute animal.
Lovely look in the eyes while he seems to watch you and likes to be photographed.
Pity there's a piece of grass in front of the nose.
Best regards, Harry

Very interesting subject with hostile eyes, Gary.
The colours on this fox are really unusual.
The picture is very well framed with fine colours and details.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-10 16:53]

Hi Gary,

i really like the eye contact in this shot, and the details in the winter coat he's shedding are great.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-10 17:06]

Hi Gary. What a great shot. of the Artic Fox. good timing to get him with his food. the eyes a very good indeed . fine detail and colour with a good low POV. very well done TFS. Nick..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-10 17:06]

Hi Gary

Excellent capture. The pose is excellent and the detail also. Was this in the National Park or was it a captive animal? I did not think we had Arctic Foxes in the UK - have they been reintroduced?


A nice picture and the fox is actually doing something. The pose draws the eye to the head.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-11 9:31]

Hello Gary
Very nice image .Very sharp with nice details in the furs.Good eye's contact and different POV.
TFS MIchel

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-11 18:51]

Great capture! Detail and colors are right on the money.
Interesting info as well. Bravo! Cheers, Klaus!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-11 23:11]

Hello Gary

Wow,quite the look.I have yet to see an Arctic fox with this colour variation.Well captured with sharp focus and details.The colour saturation is very well done.Good POV and DOF.You have placed it well in the frame.TFS


Hello Gary,
dramatic but realistic glance on the wild life, this fox is so charming in her changing fur and the expression of the eyes a bit fearful, a bit menacing. Beautiful.

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