8 Mar 2013

THE STORIES OF FOUR HARES




It's evening and I'm waiting for mum
Watching the sunset   -  Early morning on the hare path
Resting in the afternoon sunshine

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These images are taken from the new pastel paintings I've been working on over the winter, a result of many enjoyable hours watching and photographing the hares in the field next to my studio.

IT'S EVENING & I'M WAITING FOR MUM
Mother hare only visits her leverets once a day for their feed at dusk, using a route that will confuse her scent trail to protect her young from predators.  The leveret relies on the camouflage of the vegetation and keeping perfectly still with it's little black tipped ears down, how does it know?  Was there ever anything so cute.  I've never seen one with it's mum but I'll keep watching.

WATCHING THE SUNSET
Hares can be very active in the evening.  They will sit and watch me watching them and so long as I don't get too close they don't necessarily  run away.  I watched this one for about twenty minutes late one evening, eventually it forgot I was there and got on with grooming - a subject for another painting.

EARLY MORNING ON THE HARE PATH
Hares are lovely to watch in the early morning.  This one is running along a well trodden hare path but just paused to see who's about before darting off again, out of sight.  They're lovely to watch in the morning light, they can seem so busy.  Often they'll be eating, probably still eating from the night.  Sometimes they can be wet through with dew but this one has nearly dried out.

RESTING IN THE AFTERNOON SUNSHINE
Hares love to spend the afternoon laying in a sunny spot digesting the food they ate the night before.   This hare was fast asleep with his eyes shut when I first saw him.  It was very warm and windy and I was able to walk towards him very slowly, stopping every couple of steps to take a photo.  I got closer and there was a noise from across the river, his ears went up but then down again.  Then his eyes half opened and I could see the top of his hind legs go up.  His eyes opened and he was off like an arrow.


I don't know what I'm working on next.  I have lots of ideas that I want to start, some older projects that I want to complete, techniques I haven't used for a long time, but it's very hard to pull myself away from the hares!