I've seen five foxes so far today, which given that I usually struggle to find any in the snow is somewhat mind-boggling.
But first, rewind to the morning, when I was nervously making an attempt at getting into London for my day job. The golf course at half six was showing that never-quite-dark glow peculiar to snowscapes, but the train station merely looked cold.
I did take note of the red sky in the morning
The warning perhaps should have been heeded. Unforecasted snow blew through at midday, prompting me to make a mad dash back to Victoria. Even small quantities of snow can disable trains in this part of the world, and after my recent adventures I didn't feel like taking chances.
But the train coped until it reached the North Downs, whereupon it nearly broke down Escaping onto the station, I had some opportunity see just how much these trains and winter weather disagree
They're electric trains that draw their power from a "third rail", which perhaps isn't the most suitable design considering Surrey's hilly landscape and tendency to attract snow. Anyway, the onward car journey, mired in slow traffic on very slippery roads, suddenly took an unexpected twist
A town fox! It seemed quite uncaring of the traffic, which was just as well considering that I only had my 300mm lens with me.
Definitely an excellent bonus But foxes today seem to be bucking the custom of vanishing in snowy weather, or perhaps it is not deep enough yet to interfere with their hunting. Either way, I headed out to the meadows this afternoon in search of others. And there they were!
This fox was unquestionably hunting, travelling back and forth across the meadow...
...and sitting down a lot, as foxes do
This might be a very wintry weekend