I think I was almost as excited when I saw a red fox right outside my dorm window, right when there was fresh snow outside, except I don't usually vocalize my thoughts.
Come on, it can't get any more eye catching- a red fox on a white background.
But because I had been excited about the first snow, I also already took photos of the snow through my window and as a result my I threw my compact camera onto my bed.
By the time I had noticed the fox, it had already left and I was still looking for my camera in the folds of my sheets.
Lesson learned- buy the biggest camera you can afford so that next time it's not hidden by your sheets.
The next time I saw a fox it wasn't as photogenic but it didn't mean I didn't try to get a photo op.
I noticed it from afar, but I didn't think it was a fox, I thought it was a big red cat.
And then I noticed the tail and I gave chase.
That was the only good photo I got that day, I didn't nearly have enough reach. Ideally I should have been in shutter priority too, but I shoot so often in aperture priority I don't usually touch the mode dial. Most of the things I shoot usually don't move.
But I got to say, foxes are some of the prettiest animals when they move. They don't really walk, they do a semi hop that's very cool looking. It's somewhat like a squirrel but they're no where near as annoying as the behavior of squirrels. Much smarter too.