Just got back from a healthy break away from computers, to do lists, and stressful work. It's my first time to the beach for a vacation since 2008, which is really insane when I think about it. I only live ten minutes from the coast. And just as last time I took way too many drawing pads and pencils, which sat alone and neatly packaged most of the time as I enjoyed the view and went swimming. This picture, however, had to be done!
I woke up the third morning at the condo and stepped out on the balcony just in time for my sleepy eyes to focus on a fox running through the dunes below. He was a terribly scrawny little fox, and he scampered along like he knew where he was going. It didn't take him long to find a rat that was hiding safely in the sea oats directly below me. The rodent darted to one dune, and then doubled back running about seventy yards to the east, escaping the scruffy red hunter. It was fun over the next few days glancing down at the tracks in the sand which told the whole story, and also seeing old ones that seemed to indicate the fox was a regular to that spot.
I did think too, that this would make a better drawing than the spinner sharks that were swimming in waist deep water around a beachgoer from Minnesota, later the same day. It's a wild world. Just ask a fox.