Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Summer Hares

Many people would associate the hare with a symbol of Spring but I have found it can be very productive photographing them in the summer. At least it is at the site I usually visit. However, this is not the case for many areas well hares dwell as they are lost from view within agricultural crops. I usually undertake my summer hare photography during August when many birds are going through a moult and not really looking at their best and there is a good chance of encountering a leveret or two. However, this set were taken during a couple of visits in June.
Brown Hare

Most of my hare photography is done as a short pre-work session and so an early alarm clock and an hour or so with the camera before heading off to the office. Always a good way to start the day.
Brown Hare

As hares tend to be most active at the beginning and end of the day, these short session can be very productive.
Brown Hare

Brown Hare

On some occasions they can get a bit too close.
Brown Hare

At other times you can just get them in frame. A hare running towards you takes constant refocusing as it can play havoc with camera autofocus.
Brown Hare

Some days I may make a visit to the hares on the way home from work if it is a sunny evening. On these occasions the hares are generally much more relaxed and preoccupied with feeding and grooming.
Brown Hare

Brown Hare

What better way to unwind from everyday work pressures than in the company of these wonderful animals.


Crafty Green Poet said...

wonderful set of photos, hares are such magnificent creatures,

holdingmoments said...

Cracking shots Rich. Love the one crossing the road

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow, I like these a lot, especially the bottom two. Each of your images shows a new dimension and part of their expressive faces that moves you. Love their eyes and those large ears. Lovely series, thanks for sharing~ Mary

Luuuuuua said...

f reusita serie,bravo,minunata postare

Doina Russu said...

excellent the quality of these images!
all my appreciation!

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks for taking the time to look at the post. There will be many more hare photos to come from some sessions in August, including young, which I have not got round to processing yet. I am still stuck with a backlog of images to process following my Norway trip. However, getting there slowly.




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