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Gray Fox Images -- Not Just Photography. . .

Lady With an Attitude

Our longhair tortoiseshell cat was a rescued feral newborn, abandoned by its mother in our back yard.  (The tortoiseshell morph is a unique female-only feline anomaly with a reputation for . . . read more
Donkeys I Have Known. . .

. . . or, all about the genus equus, subgenus asinus-like behavior of all those hee-hawing non-photographers who have managed to barge their way uninvited into my personal space. . . read more
The Vole Patrol

Soon after we were married, my wife announced her philosophy of life.  It was to be,  “Daisies, daffodils and kitty cats!”  Since I had once had a dog named Susie and she had a cat named Michael. . . read more
Sensor Wars

In The Mirrorless Conundrum, we discussed our initial thoughts on mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras -- especially Sony’s role in driving the MILC market segment, in no small part due to. . . read more
Carrier War 1942

During World War II, the Pacific Theater saw the advent of a new form of naval warfare -- the use of aircraft carrier torpedo and dive bombers and fighters to attack the enemy's carriers. . . read more
The Jane Austen Good Woman

No writer in the English language, other than William Shakespeare, is better known or more enduring, and none is more beloved, than Jane Austen.  Published only as "A Lady" during her lifetime. . . read more

A Collection of Gray Fox Images Panoramas. . .

Thirty Years of Chincoteague NWR. . .
      June 2019 June 2018 June 2017 June 2016 June 2015
June 2014 June 2013 Nov 2012 June 2012 Nov 2011 June 2011 Nov 2010 June 2010
May 2009 Nov 2008 Nov 2007 May 2007 Nov 2006 10 May '06 6 May '06 Mar 2006
Oct 2005 May 2005 Mar 2005 Oct 2004 May 2004 Oct 2003 June 2003 Nov 2002
June 2002 May 2002 Oct 2001 June 2001 Nov 2000 June 2000 Oct 1999 June 1999
Oct 1998 June 1998 Oct 1997 June 1997 June 1993 June 1992 Nov 1990 June 1990
June 2018

After years of staying in an excellent house well suited to our situation -- and having been forced to look elsewhere when it was sold for non-rental use -- we've finally settled on another exceptional house, this one on the Oyster Bay side of the Island.  There's plenty of room for . . .  read more
June 2017

After years of discussions, public meetings and planning, Assateague Island National Seashore will have a new recreational beach.  Someday, when the budget can accomodate the estimated $15-20 million needed to execute the beach development plan.  Hurricanes, nor'easters and even tidal overwash. . . read more
June 2014

This was the Year of the Bunny at Chincoteague NWR.  In over twenty years of visiting the refuge, sometimes twice or even three time per year, I had accumulated only six rabbit images worth posting.  (The seventh image appearing in the Fauna portfolio was captured along Hallie. . read more
November 2010

This visit to Chincoteague NWR turned out to be the most productive November visit ever.  The trip was made in conjunction with a few other nature photographers, and we happened to hit the refuge at a peak of waterfowl migration.  In fact, the refuge was also overrun with photographers, birdwatchers. . . read more

October 1999

In 1999, bird photography finally went big time for me.  That is to say, big lens big time -- 500mm f/4 big time.  Finances finally permitted, and this trip was a learning session in preparation for a Florida photo tour with a well-known pro photographer.  It also saw a move from Minolta. . . view gallery
June 1990

This was the year that started it all.  My wife suggested that we abandon our annual beach trips and vacation instead at Chincoteague NWR.  She wanted to reconnect with the ducks and geese she grew up with.  I bought my first telephoto lens, and I was totally hooked the first time I looked through the. . . view gallery

Tennis Photography at W&S Open -- plus Grand Thoughts (!). . .
2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Of Slams and Grand Slams

Or, Why Four in a Row Is Not Enough. 
The failure of Novak Djokovic to covert his 2016 Wimbledon opportunity on the way to a historic Grand Slam, winning all four slam events in the same calendar year, the in the same calendar year, the only “Grand Slam". . . read more
Roger Federer

20 slam titles,
five year end no 1,
302 weeks No 1,
six year end titles,
28 Masters titles, olympic doubles gold 2008, Davis Cup 2014 . . view image gallery
Tennis Greats

Any time tennis fans get together the conversation sooner or later turns to the question of who is the greatest player of them all.  Such discussions are intriguing but too often they focus on recent players, and many fans are woefully unaware of the more distant history of the game. . . . read more
Raphael Nadal

19 slam titles, 35 ATP Masters titles, five times year end No. 1, Olympic Singles Gold 2008, Doubles Gold 2016, four Davis Cup titles. . . view gallery
The Modern Forehand

Tennis has undergone a number of significant changes over the past few decades.  Innovations involving technology, technique, conditioning and, to a lesser extent, court surfaces have created an all-court sport that is, at the. . . read more
Novak Djokovic

17 slam titles, career Grand Slam, five times year end No. 1, five year-end titles, 34 Masters titles, Davis Cup 2010. . . view gallery
Lindner Family Center Panoramas

Bryan Brothers

16 slam titles, Lifetime Grand Slam, 2012-13 Golden Slam, 36 ATP Masters titles, 4 ATP year end finals, 100+ titles, 1000+ wins, 2007 Davis Cup. . . view gallery
Managing Tennis Doubles

In doubles groups with no fixed membership, anyone can show up on a typical day and play, and usually after one set partners switch to a new combination according to a preferred scheme.  Some groups use a winners-play-winners and losers-play-losers approach. . . read more

Astronomy and Sky Stuff. . .
A Telescope Odessey

I became fascinated with optics and the sky at an early age. I bought my first telescope at 15 years with money earned mowing yards and selling greeting cards door to door. The scope was a 4" Criterion Dynascope Newtonian reflector with the original Criterion "Z" style equatorial mount -- which consisted of a.. . read more
Celestial Photography. . . view gallery