May's "Leaping Fox Kit," shot by Len Greer at Glen Rock's Faber Field, was not planned. "I had discovered a den of four red fox kits a few weeks prior and was making regular visits to see what they were up to," said Len, who's been snapping wildlife action moments since his now grown kids were little.
On this particular day, the kits took over a nearby baseball field "and put on an incredible show," he said. "They dug holes, jumped on each other, chased each other, and played with some of the equipment. I observed them from a distance behind the 3rd base line and had almost as much fun as they did."
The fox shots are among Len's favorites - photos that remind him of fun moments he's experienced observing falcons feeding their young and coyotes hunting in the snow. "They give me great joy," says Len, a general manager at Johnson & Johnson, who lived in Glen Rock with wife Roni and their two daughters for 21 years. They moved just last year, after their children went to college.
His work in healthcare focuses on encouraging healthy behaviors, such as getting appropriate restorative breaks after stressing the body or mind. "My time with wildlife provides that restoration for me," he says. Nature photography was an outgrowth of Len's childhood fascination with peregrine falcons and other raptors. "I discovered that the gear I used to photograph my kids' sports events could also help me capture moments with the raptors – a fun challenge. That others have found the photographs and the stories behind them of interest was a bonus."
The leaping fox kit and several other prints taken that day were published in InTouch magazine in the U.S. and in online publications in Europe and Asia. They were also purchased at fundraisers for the Thielke Arboretum and the Glen Rock Public Library.
See more of Len's photos on Instagram: instagram.com/greerlen/