Crazy like a fox

Canon SX50, ISO 100, FL 200 mm, 1/1000 sec @ f/6.5

Canon SX50, ISO 100, FL 200 mm, 1/1000 sec @ f/6.5


That phrase – crazy like a fox – is a curious American speech idiom that refers to behavior that, on the surface, looks irrational or crazy.  However, on closer inspection, one can see that the behavior is, in fact, very shrewd and cunning.  Ted Turner, apparently, often referred to himself as ‘crazy like a fox’.  The fox that I photographed above was anything but crazy – he was hungry.  It was cold and snowy and he was on the prowl for rodents in the snow.  He looked at me like I was the one that was crazy, for standing around in all that white, doing nothing useful that he could understand.  Then he turned his attention to the snow at his feet.  Tilting his head to the left, then to the right, then …snap!  He plunged head first into the snow and emerged with a wriggling mass of fur and legs.  He took one more look at me over his shoulder as he scrambled off to find a quiet place to enjoy his meal.  I was too slow to photograph the entire sequence with my camera but at least I got to SEE the whole sequence.  And it was remarkable – crazy like a fox, indeed!

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Physician, traveler, photographer, tennis player, reader, teacher, student


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