Are there any images that always catch your attention and evoke an emotional response? Is there an animal that always “speaks” to you? Is there a feeling that seems an integral part of you?

I’ve just become aware that as I scroll through Instagram I am drawn to illustrations like the ones in children’s books – anthropomorphic depictions of animals – oh, like Beatrix Potter style. I also realize that illustrations of foxes – like these – produce a smile and a warm feeling, a connection if you will.

I’ve never much thought about foxes but it turns out, scrolling through my pictures files, I’ve been collecting such images for some time. I don’t know this means but I’m sure it means something because I believe that what we are drawn to, especially consistently over time, has meaning.

The feeling that I can fly has been with me for as long as I remember. When I was a kid I used to sit in the attic window, with my feet dangling outside and think – “If I jump will I fly?” I get up high and the urge to jump, and fly overwhelms me. (The thought of jumping and going splat scares the shit out of me – man, that is gonna hurt!)

Wings – the image of wings, the sound of wings – amongst my earliest memories. Wings show up in my dreams – just wings. Not attached to anything, or anyone, for that matter. And then, when I was in my early 20’s representations of butterflies became an obsession. I had butterfly jewelry, clothes with butterfly prints but never actual butterflies. Somehow, for some reason, at that time in my life butterflies ‘spoke’ to me.

Crows – oh, my beloved crows. I like birds, they’re pretty but crows – oh my, they are more than pretty, they are magic. They are the most fabulous of all flying things.

But foxes? Where do foxes come in? Yes, I looked up the symbolism of foxes, it is very contradictory and quite frankly I’ve never connected with the whole spirit animal system.

Wings, flying – that’s been a constant in my life. Crows have been a constant in my life. Butterflies have not. And I have no memory of foxes being an important image to me – except for recently. Two years ago when I was creating my Christmas cards I had an image in my head that I tried to replicate – a Winter woodland with a red fox curled up asleep – that image just brings me such peace .

I couldn’t find the exact image I saw in my mind’s eye so I created it with a bit of photo editing jiggery-pokery –

I love that image, it brings me peace, I look at it and feel “Ahhh…”

11 thoughts on “Images

  1. That is a peaceful image. It’s beautiful too! I’ve always been drawn to cats especially drawings of cats. I’m pretty sure it’s because other than one of my grandmas, cats have been my comfort and my source of unconditional love ever since I can remember.

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    1. You received that image, it was my Christmas card 2 years ago. And that is a telling comment – “…cats have been my comfort and my source of unconditional love ever since I can remember.” 💜


    1. That was my Christmas card 2 years ago – you got one! I had a devil of a time placing that little fox under the tree. Look around your house – aside from snowmen (LOL) what images do you find over and over? Wolves, isn’t it? And how are they presented? Something to think about.


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