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Mom Told Me to Freeze   11 comments


Mom Told Me to Freeze

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Each spring, we become aware of at least one momma rabbit who sets up her den somewhere in the yard. It’s predictable that at some point, we’ll see one if not several young bunnies exploring the new, glorious, nutrient-rich environment that we call “garden.”

This year has been better than previous years. We know of only one young’n – this one – and he seems perfectly content to munch on what’s left of our field of crimson clover. So far, he has bypassed all the good, human stuff.

Like the Carolina anoles, under the right circumstances a bunny can present a great photo op, as they freeze perfectly still when confronted with danger. In this case the danger was in the form of some big, two-legged galoot with a 300mm lens. While shooting, I told him that we have to learn to coexist for our mutual benefit.

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Gravid   5 comments


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Well, well, well… Guess who’s expecting?

You all might remember Grace from a recent photo, taken as she approached the gardens.

A little while ago, just after this picture was taken, Grace began cavorting with a male rabbit just a few feet away from us. We were enthralled as the dance continued. The male made any number of passes at Grace, and she’d leap out of his way, moving off to continue munching on clover. This went on for about an hour. They must not have appreciated our voyeurism, though, because they both headed off behind some hay bales, only to reappear a short time later.

Now, we’ve noticed, Grace has taken to climbing up on one of the hay bales. Curious. When we looked closer, we found that she has made a den on top of a hay bale, right up against… the rabbit fencing.

Sheesh… the girl sure knows where to shop for her groceries. This means that in a couple of weeks, I’m going to be scooping baby bunnies out of the garden with a butterfly net, as I did the last time Grace dropped a litter. I actually look forward to that, and hope to get some cute pics out of it.

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Her Name is Grace   18 comments


A mature rabbit stops to say grace before entering our garden. Cute.

© 2011 Rob Hanson Photography, All Rights Reserved

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Before entering our garden for dinner, it’s always a good idea to say grace.

While we were tending to the garden one evening, this momma came sauntering over toward the fencing. She cleaned up for dinner, and stopped to say grace before coming closer.

Yeah, bunny… You’d better pray. 8)

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Single exposure from Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-300mm f3.5-5.6mm lens at 300mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/200s.

 

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Posted July 6, 2011 by Rob Hanson Photography in Uncategorized

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