Over at the Geograph website, there is a weekly photo competition. First of all, a shortlist of photos submitted the previous week is drawn up and then the last winner gets to whittle down the list and select the new winner. This year several of my pictures have been shortlisted but alas no winning photo until yesterday!
In Week 31 a total of 6269 images were submitted to Geograph but this was the picture that came out on top:-
Yes folks, it is my vulpine friend Fred in our garden, backlit by evening sunshine.
Hundreds of Geograph contributors will look at this picture while Fred himself skulks in the shrubberies or sniffs around the dustbins, totally unaware that he is fast becoming a star - one of England's most famous urban foxes.
To reward him for being the subject of my winning picture I gave him something called "chub" last evening. It's like an enormous flesh-coloured sausage and is mainly made from tripe. I wouldn't recommend it for your dinner table.
By the way, Fred is limping quite badly again and there's a big bald patch near his back end as if he has been trying to scratch away irritating parasites. He is not in a good condition but I sense his strong Yorkshire spirit and hope he will survive another winter. Even though my actions may be somehow "against nature" I shall from time to time continue to supplement the food he manages to scavenge. After all, without Fred I wouldn't have been the Week 31 Geograph winner.