While out on a nature walk recently, I had the most magical wildlife encounter – I came across a gorgeous Red Fox! As an avid wildlife photographer, I always have my camera ready, and this time it paid off.

Red Fox Laying In The Grass

Red Fox Laying In The Grass At The Fort Smith National Historic Site

As I was walking along the trail, I noticed a splash of red fur in the grass. I stopped to get a closer look, and there was a beautiful Red Fox sprawled on the game trail, its piercing gaze fixed steadily on me. The fox stood out brightly against the mix of green and dead golden grass, its red coat vivid amidst the faded landscape. I was amazed I had spotted it. I quickly grabbed my camera and started clicking, capturing the scene as the fox continued to lay calmly on the trail, seemingly unconcerned by my presence. Its red coat and white underside contrasted starkly against the grass as I photographed its alert face. I couldn’t believe my luck in coming across this gorgeous creature in its natural habitat. This was a wildlife photographer’s dream shot!

The Red Fox is the largest of the true fox species, and its habitat ranges across North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. These foxes are incredibly adaptable and can thrive in forests, grasslands, mountains, and even urban environments.

After a while, the fox trotted off into the grass. I was thrilled to have had this special wildlife encounter and to have gotten such remarkable photos. The Red Fox is truly one of nature’s most captivating creatures. I feel fortunate to have been able to observe one up close and appreciate its striking beauty.

Moments like this are why I love photographing wildlife. I never know what incredible animal I might see when I set out into nature. Running into this Red Fox was the highlight of my week! I can’t wait to frame some of these remarkable photos of this clever creature.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11


  • Location: Fort Smith National Historic Site (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: November 14, 2021 (07:54 A.M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/125
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

Here is another photo I took at the Fort Smith National Historic Site: Carolina Wren