By Steve Fuller

Waiting for breakfast … her eyes closed, her audio senses focused, this fox’s ground-probing ears are fully deployed listening for giveaway sounds under the snowpack.

Waiting for breakfast … her eyes closed, her audio senses focused, this fox’s ground-probing ears are fully deployed listening for giveaway sounds under the snowpack.

Up! She hears a sound in the underworld …  between the snowpack and the earth where rodents are active throughout the winter.

Up! She hears a sound in the underworld … between the snowpack and the earth where rodents are active throughout the winter.

Launch … Gravity's rainbow … maximum ballistic velocity for deep snow penetration.

Launch … Gravity’s rainbow … maximum ballistic velocity for deep snow penetration.

Boom! She pierces through the ceiling (from the vole’s perspective) to snare her quarry.

Boom! She pierces through the ceiling (from the vole’s perspective) to snare her quarry.

The misfortune of one sustains the other. Sometimes we eat, other times we are eaten …

The misfortune of one sustains the other. Sometimes we eat, other times we are eaten …