Over the course of two months, photographer Sam Gaby gained the trust of a unique-looking fox in Newfoundland. Over time, they built a relationship that allowed the friendly photographer to capture some beautiful photographs of the wild creature in nature.
Cross foxes are a fairly common sight to those who live in northern North America, where they’re more abundant. As a melanistic variant of the red fox, the beautiful creatures have an orange coat mixed with dark stripes that run down their back and intersect across their shoulders. They make up about 30% of the Canadian red fox population; and though they’re more common than a silver fox variant, they’re still a special sight to behold.
After first spying the fox in 2018, Gaby worked hard to gain the animal’s trust. “Our first encounter was calculated, I was focused on how to not disturb this wild animal, but at the same time, I was trying to assure him that I was not a threat,” Gaby tells My Modern Met. “He was unsure about my presence, each cautious step forward was followed by two steps back and our first encounter didn’t last long, I moved slowly but by the time I prepared my camera and locked eyes with him he ran off.”
Luckily, Gaby didn’t give up and after repeated visits at sunset, the fox began to relax around the photographer and his camera. After the initial span of two months, Gaby returned several times during the summer and winter to check in on his new friend. During each visit, he was able to learn a bit more about this cross fox and its sibling, who can often be seen in Gaby’s photographs as well.
“I am impressed with his beauty but also his level of intelligence,” Gaby confesses. “I’ve witnessed him hunting, hiding and retrieving food stores, and interacting with other foxes. He was extremely playful, especially with his sibling, I gave them both names; Mat and Pat.”
While in Newfoundland, photographer Sam Gaby came across a cross fox.
Over time, the fox—a partially melanistic variant of the red fox—came to trust Gaby.
And the wildlife photographer was even able to capture the fox playing with a sibling.
After a few months, Gaby could get close to the orange and black fox, which allowed him to document his furry new friend’s daily habits.
My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Sam Gaby.
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Dana Wyse has a cureall for, well, everything. Can’t make the bed properly? There’s a pill for that. Need to be a bestselling writer ASAP? An injection is all you need. Struggling to figure out the meaning of life? There’s a capsule for that, too.
The Canadian artist dreamed up Jesus Had a Sister Productions, which she describes as “a fictional pharmaceutical company specializing in quick-fix medicines, dehydrated space food, discount time travel, spy electronics, transistor radios, invisible things, sneaky life hacks.” She’s designed various pills, solutions, and DIY kits in humorous packages meant to remedy any problem with a single dosage.
In an interview with Konbini, Wyse said she first thought of the utopic series in France.
In Paris, I was surprised to find three pharmacies on every street. As I explored the city, I found small packages of unopened medicines on the sidewalk. So I picked them up and wondered what they could be. Imagine if these pills were magic ?! If I swallowed them all at the same time, would they make me speak French or play Barracuda on the electric guitar?
Her discarded findings launched the ironic project that hearkens back to American advertising from the 1960s, which vehemently enforced stereotypes. The fictional company’s tagline reads, “Helping you to create your own reality. Since 1786.”
Deep in the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert, a fiery crater glows day and night. Known colloquially as the Door to Hell or Gates of Hell, this fire pit has been burning continuously for over 50 years. So what is this crater filled with fire and how did it end up in the desert? For those answers, we need to look back to Turkmenistan’s history.
In 1971, back when the country was part of the Soviet Union, Soviet engineers came to the desert in search of oil fields. A drilling rig was set up to check oil quality in the area, but they quickly realized that they weren’t drilling into oil at all. Instead, their heavy rig was situated on top of a large pocket of natural gas that couldn’t support that immense weight and soon collapsed.
The entire camp crumbled into a giant bowl-shaped cavity called the Darvaza crater. Measuring 230 feet across and 65 feet deep, it is enormous and soon scientists had a real problem on their hands. Not only did the collapse have a ripple effect that caused other multiple craters to open up, but natural gas was rapidly escaping. As natural gas is mainly made from methane, which sucks up oxygen and makes it hard to breathe, there was a real concern not only for wildlife but also for people living in the nearby village of Derweze. In fact, these fears were warranted because not long after the collapse, animals in the desert began to die.
That’s when scientists sprung into action and decided to burn off the gas, as natural gas can’t be trapped. They expected the process to take a few weeks, but they were wrong—the flames have been burning ever since. In fact, scientists still don’t understand how much natural gas is fueling the fire. Now, the Darvaza crater attracts hundreds of tourists a year who come to take in the strange and sinister-looking phenomenon.
In 2010, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, visited the crater and said that it should be closed up. And in 2013 he declared the part of the desert containing the crater a natural reserve. However, as of today, the Gates of Hell still burn brightly and at night its wicked orange glow can be seen for miles.
In the 1970s, a giant crater opened up in the Turkmenistan desert after an oil rig collapsed.
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The rig sat on a pocket of natural gas, which began escaping and endangered local wildlife.
So authorities decided to burn off the gas, thinking it would last a few weeks.
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Instead, the “Gates of Hell” has been burning for over 50 years and now hundreds flock annually to see the unusual site.
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