One never expects amazing wildlife-viewing experiences; they simply happen, whether you’re ready or not. I seem to have remarkably frequent experiences with wildlife and try to have my camera ready at all times. This experience represents one such case of the value of observation and readiness–however you define “readiness”.

Joe and I had just been fishing on the Snake River at the beginning of May and were hiking our way back to the car when I saw a beautiful red fox sitting by a cabin in the sun. I stopped and stared at her for a moment, then noticed gray movement underneath the cabin behind her. Three charcoal gray fox kits with white tips on their tails came out from under the cabin and proceeded to wrestle and play with each other. Thanks to Joe’s shoulders, I was able to get high enough to photograph them above the tall grasses.