National Geographic : 2004 Oct
ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY Final Edit ARCTIC FOX Moonscape Photographer Norbert Rosing had seen an arctic fox repeatedly prowling an area of icy ridges around the western shore of Hudson Bay near the town of Churchill in Canada. He caught this memorable image as the full moon set early one February morning. "Rosing waited for a magic moment when the animal was in the perfect situation," says photo editor John Echave. So why wasn't the picture included in our article? In winter the foxes live in a land of ice, yielding dramatic photos-white foxes on white ice but it's possible to have too many of a good thing. "In a story like this, there's only so much ice you can look at," says design editor David Whitmore. This image, striking as it is, was judged too similar to the one on pages 78-9 that features the sun near the horizon. Rosing also varied the coverage by photographing the foxes around their dens in their summer tundra habitat, "giving the story a very important extra dimension" says Whitmore. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * OCTOBER 2004 WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE Cut it or keep it? Find out more about what tipped the balance for this photograph and e-greet a friend with it at nationalgeographic.com/ magazine/0410.