Photo and Story by Julia Pelish
Vacay.ca Visuals Editor
CAVENDISH, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND — Living in Toronto the only animals I regularly interact with are smart-dressed condo dogs strolling out of the elevator on their way out for their urban walks. The background soundtrack to my daily life is often a cacophony of all types of traffic. So when I am out in nature and listening to the music of the countryside I am alert and craning my neck trying to capture that elusive animal or bird through my lens.
Last summer I was surprised to see quite a few foxes as we drove through Prince Edward Island. Not all were as accommodating as this handsome dude in the photo above. Most certainly he was looking for some free snacks and paused to see if he might be in luck. We locked eyes in a mutually curious stare when he realized he was wasting his time with me and skedaddled away. Luckily I had the camera ready and got one quick shot before he had disappeared into the brush.
When I got home, I did a little research and discovered that fox farming was once a lucrative industry on this gentle island. Their coats were coveted by fashionable woman from Russia to London. “During the 1920s, silver fox was prized as an item of high fashion. One of the earliest fox fashions worn was a single-pelt scarf. The scarf fastened to one shoulder by a small spring clip set. It allowed the full length of the pelt to flow down its wearer’s back, obscuring none of its beauty. Prices for the single-pelt scarf ranged anywhere from $350.00 to $1000.00.” You can read more about this time in history from the PEI Public Archives and Records website.
Foxes are still sold for their pelts but the industry is no longer a booming business. The taste for fox pelts died in the 1950s. Take a drive on the tranquil back roads and keep your eyes open. You will be delighted when you spot these sleek foxes as they roam freely throughout the woods, parks and towns of PEI.
Camera Info: Photo was taken with a DSLR D7000 at ISO 100, f10 at 1/60 of a second. Lens used was a 70-300 shot at 195mm. All Nikon!
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