ARCTIC FOX PICTURE
Riding in the midst of the rugged wilderness, my tracker and I made our way through the looming glaciers and also the vast ice fields of Svalbard. Here I was, hoping to get the coveted Arctic fox picture, yet another addition to my art website. The Arctic fox, commonly known as the snow fox is a native resident of the Arctic region of the Northern Hemisphere. They are well known for their ability to survive the unpredictable wrath of the Arctic winters. Dark brown in the summers, in winters they camouflage and also become one with the icy white terrain.
SIGHTING THE MAN OF THE HOUR
After what seemed like an endless three hours of travel through the treacherous plains, we chanced upon this little guy almost concealed in the snow. I was immediately drawn towards it from the minute I saw this snow fox. His eyes spoke to me and I also felt instantly connected with him. I was about to get the Arctic fox picture for my art website I was so keen about. Unpacking my camera equipment, I jumped off the snowmobile and treaded towards him to get a closer look.
Sitting curled up peacefully in the snow, he stood out in the majestic vastness. I clicked away, trying to capture the very mood of this snow fox. The sight was a captivating one. I felt the urge to take it back with me through more than just the arctic fox picture. He looked so adorable and as absurd as it sounded, I wanted to take him back home with me to New York.
FORGETTING THE WORLD AROUND
It is funny how these thoughts divert your attention from the piercing cold as a result. And how you forget about the icy winds that feel like a thousand needles on your face. You get so consumed by your subject that you almost forget everything around. It is only the two of you at that moment. Before I knew it, I had walked closer to the snow fox and now was only four feet away from him. There we were, unwavering at the sight of each other. Both in utter ignorance.
THE MOMENT OF REALIZATION
I would like to believe that it was my insight and not my tracker urging me to back off, that I realized that this fox was essentially a wild animal. This being that I found so adorable and that I wanted to take back home with me, I wouldn’t hesitate to rip my guts out. It had the strength to cut open a frozen carcass with its very teeth. Though they usually prey on smaller animals, the cold often leaves the arctic foxes with nothing but their own feces to feed on in times of scarcity. Keeping them perpetually hungry and out for prey during the harsh winters.
It was at that moment that I realized why they say “ignorance is bliss”. Although it’s truth may be doubted at best, this idea has been well expressed since ancient times. It is the simple idea of a child never being sad. They have never been exposed to our mighty world. They don’t know or have anything to mourn for. Similarly, what you don’t know cannot hurt you. Here was this animal, completely unaware of the power of man. Not knowing the lengths to which man could go to, for his own wellbeing and also happiness.
Lastly, today in a world where everybody is out to get each other, not knowing allowed us to exist in perfect harmony. It allowed me to live in the moment and also take it all in. It is this moment that I decided to take the arctic fox pictures, that are embedded in my memory and one that I will always cherish as a result.
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