What You Have Tamed

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox.
“But you must not forget it.
You become responsible, forever,
For what you have tamed.”

Antoine de Saint Exupery

Gray Fox arrived to the walled garden as a delicious secret

A safe and joyful holiday season to each and everyone. I send a heart filled with gratitude for your kind words, support, insightful smart websites, shared lives, and feeling  of community  that we have shared throughout the year.


Gray Fox : Order: Carnivora Family: Canidae
Genus: Urocyon


  1. Beautifully told. What a gorgeous fox! And you got such great pictures of her visits. I loved that you were both telling a story and providing factual information and your own experience.
    Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving too!

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    1. Thank you Nancy. I am always amazed at the variety of wild critters that show up in the neighborhoods. Hope your Thanksgiving went well and joyous and that you are embracing the holiday season with joy. All my best to you my Arizona friend.

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  2. What a wonderful narrative. I loved the line, “In a quick graceful leap Gray Fox is atop the vine sheltered corner where garden walls meet…” It captures that exquisite moment where reality and mystery merge to form a lasting memory. Just perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. What a graceful and delightful tale, JoHanna. Grey Fox sounds like a perfect totem for you. We had a pair living on our property for a while. But distemper wiped out the local population. They are gradually making a come back. When one was killed down on the road in front of our property, its partner sat down there for several nights howling in agony. –Curt

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    1. I really enjoyed creating this particular photo essay. Foxes are every bit as good at camouflage as the lizards here in the high desert. I decided long ago that when I see a Fox, it is because the fox is choosing to show itself to me. Thanks for sharing a Fox story, and thank you for your kind words.

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