Vulpes vulpes is the scientific name for the red fox. A little online research reveals that vulpes is from the latin word vulpis which means smartness, strategy, quick thinking, adaptability, craftiness, cunning, cleverness, and wisdom, according to Wiktionary. Is it any wonder that an animal named for these traits is found throughout the entire Northern Hemisphere, a range that covers nearly 27 million square miles. They have found a successful way to make a living and thrive. In the case of the subject in this photograph the ingenuity of ‘hiding’ behind a substantial stem gets it a pass from a potential predator, me. Photos only please.