ARCTIC FOX PICTURES
• 17.5 x 26.25 in / Edition of 20
• 23.5 x 35.25 in / Edition of 20
• 35.5 x 53.25 in / Edition of 20
• 43.5 x 65.25 in / Edition of 10
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Scaling the rough terrains through the curves and also bends of vast Svalbard, I found myself in this Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and also the North pole. It was March and with winter on its way out, the sun shone on to the seemingly endless Arctic night. I was here on one of my escapades hoping to capture some fox pictures for my art prints for sale. These fox images would be a great addition to my repertoire. I was thrilled at the thought of them hanging as art prints for sale. The blue hues in these snow fox pictures would fill up any space with tranquillity.
AN INSIGHT INTO THE ARCTIC FOX HABITAT
Ambling through the icy plains hoping to get some fox pictures, I was left wondering about the Arctic fox habitat. It was one of lone and also solitary survival. I was determined to get these blue fox pictures leaving me constantly on the lookout for these white creatures against an equally stark backdrop.
Often spotted alone, the small size of the arctic fox helps them conserve warmth to adapt to the chilly climate. Their dense fur has been one of the best insulative properties of any mammal. The fur helps the species survive temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius in the wild. The arctic fox’s pelt is thicker in the winter months and also changes colors from brown to white with the seasons. This change, essential to the Arctic fox habitat, allows them to camouflage. A trait is effective for hunting prey, such as lemmings, squirrels, and birds.
The bone piercing Arctic winters known for their unabashed and also brazen conditions, at times prove detrimental to these tiny creatures. With blizzards erasing the boundaries between the ground and sky, and temperatures reaching below -80 degrees Celsius, their thick coats start giving way. The scarcity of food is not an aiding factor, leaving most arctic foxes to the mercy of the cold. Even though these conditions get tough for them at the peak of winter, there is a sense of comfort and belonging to the region. They look their truest and most glorious in an all-white winter. And I wanted my fox pictures to depict just that.
SPOTTING THE SUBJECT FOR MY ARCTIC FOX PICTURES
With my goal of getting these fox pictures, I had first approached this guy when he sat curled up in a ball, blissfully unaware of me or his surroundings. His energy and calm demeanor had encouraged me to walk closer to him. I was completely encapsulated by his aura. It reminded me of the earlier trip I had taken to the Arctic. This arctic fox and I were chasing each other for over an hour, towards the camera and then far again. He actually made me work-out for my fox images. This time, however, all I had to do was stand and take it all in.
I spent the next few minutes capturing snow fox pictures of what seemed like a creature lazing around in all its glory. As time passed, my focus shifted and also adjusting my camera lens. I saw was him stretching out on the icy surface beneath him. His back arched and resembled an armor of icicles. His mouth that was now wide open revealed a vast array of pointed teeth. He took his time stretching while I made the most of the situation. I was getting all the blue fox pictures that I needed. A few moments later, he was done. I watched as he walked away, turning into a white dot that eventually disappeared.
NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
Satisfied and also with a disk full of blue fox pictures, I was left wondering. What looked like the most adorable ball of fur on the outside, had now knowingly or unknowingly revealed his true identity, a predator. Here I was so comfortable clicking these fox images. I was making elaborate plans in my head of taking him back home to New York. Had I tried to touch him, I would have his two-inch teeth sinking right into my skin. Any medical aid was hours away.
We show others what we want them to know. I believe this was his way of warning me and it served its purpose of putting things into perspective. I packed up my things and was soon headed on my way out. Lastly, I left with yet another memory and yet another learning from the wildlife.
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ABOUT EJAZ KHAN
”Once we take responsibility for actions in our daily lives and stay mindful of the environment, we can slow the process of global warming. It’s my responsibility to bring forward the beauty of our world to inspire everyone to take such action.” Ejaz Khan
*A percentage of proceeds from Khan’s exhibits and sales goes to foundations that support the awareness and conservation of wildlife.
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