Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Hare Today


The snow keeps coming and going, this morning we woke to delicate confection,  a butter cream topping of snow upon a squelchy sponge of a soggy muddy field (I despair of keeping the mud out of the house) the light was  diffused and sort of floury for want of a better word, I rather liked it.

Floury light 3-1

Spud the dog, Jammy and Dodger the kitten-cats  all came with me for my turn around the field, but I’ll save the resulting mayhem for tomorrow.

Floury light 2-1

We’ve more snow forecast for tomorrow, how much remains to be seen.  Here earlier drifts lie under today’s ‘top dressing’.

Floury light -1

I was just about to go back indoors to toast my cold toes when I spotted a brown hare in the next field.

Hare 2-1

I do like hares, but I never get very close. Maybe I need a longer lens…

Hare 3-1

He lolloped over by the sheep, before exiting over the ridge.

Hare -1

Derbyshire Harrier has some lovely shots of mountain hares, over on his Flickr page

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

18 thoughts on “Hare Today

  1. The perfect excuse for another lense … oh and another bag to fit it in!
    Please send some of your snow our way. x

  2. Just flown over from Poland to the Dales, looked at a very similar view this morning; looking forward to seeing what I wake up to in the morning; could be fun!

  3. Glorious bunny photos!

  4. I must confess I am so used to seeing our local version of hares — we call them”jackrabbits” (Lepus californicus eremicus) — that your version “doesn’t look right” because its ears are too short. The two species are about the same in body size, falling into the middle range of 9-13 lbs, but ours have slightly longer front legs, and are adapted to the arid and semiarid lands in the southeastern US. Their longer (and wider) ears help them regulate their body temperature.

  5. Terrific photos. It’s just cold and wet here so well muddy and soggy. xx

  6. Nice pictures of the hare. Don’t worry about the close up (there are plenty of pictures of hares on the Web) because it’s good to get the context and a feel for the hare lolloping along in the environment.

    Plus which, by the time you change lenses, the hare’s gone!

  7. Wow the Hare pics are awesome. make a wonderful canvas. Would you mind if I printed one? My own use etc etc nothing commercial Dxx

  8. It’s the last one I like xxxxxx well I like them all but that is my favourite xx

  9. Slurp! Meals on wheels legs, big though – enough to feed me for a day or two … provided it doesn’t have to be shared out amongst a whole house full of cats 😉

  10. Magnificent landscape and pictures. I love the “face à face” between the hare and the sheep.
    Have you read “The YEar of the Hare” by Arto Paasillina, Finnish author ? Well worth it.

  11. Lucky you to get a picture at all. How on earth, then, did Derbyshire Harrier manage to take so many amazing pictures of the mountain hares? He must have had an extremely long lens. Yeah, invest in one of them!

  12. What a cute journey with the hare… I particularly like the last shot!!

  13. Ah well, finally bit the bullet and got myself one of those new Tokina mirror lenses for my G3; with a bit of luck I may have some decent wildlife photos to show for it.

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