48" x 58" unframed
55" x 52" framed
© SHELLEY HESSE 2018
Outside of New Orleans, on the Northshore where it is more wooded, you might catch a red fox walking early in the morning. Red fox is the largest of all foxes. It is extremely prevalent on the planet and is widespread across the entire Northern Hemisphere, adapting quickly to new environments. If scientists are correct, the red fox is the first animal known to use a magnetic sense to hunt and the first to use the planet’s magnetic field to estimate distance. Even when its prey is out of sight, the fox can pinpoint the animal's exact location. It then leaps into the air and strikes from above, a technique known as mousing. They’re usually found in pairs or small families of a mated pair and their young. Females are called vixens and young cubs are kits. Outside of breeding season, most red foxes prefer to live out in the open in densely vegetated areas. Though they are known to dig burrows along mountain slopes or steep banks of water to escape bad weather. They are prominently featured in mythology and folklore around the world. In Native American mythology, specifically the Achomawi creation myth, the Fox and Coyote are co-creators of the world that leave just before the arrival of humans. In Japanese mythology, the kitsune are fox-like spirits possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Among their magical powers is the ability to assume human form. Many stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and even wives.
- E. O. Wilson
"The natural world is still imbedded in our genes and cannot be eradicated…"