Hunting for Easter... Bunnies?

April 24, 2009 at 8:00 PMJeremy

I'm working on catching up from pictures I took around Easter time.  I apologize if several of these posts start with "A couple of weeks ago..."

A couple of weeks back, I was out in the yard raking out some of the places where the dead thatch has built up, when something jumped out from under the rake and stopped along the fence.  I thought it was a frog until I looked closer:

One of our little bunnies had outgrow its nest and was out exploring the world.  I ran inside to grab my camera and got Marci so she could see it.  While we were looking at it, I spotted another little ball of fur in the grass.  Then I checked the nest to see if any were still inside and found it empty, but with another bunny in the tall grass nearby.  Marci turned to go back inside, but I stopped her to point out another one that was just inches from her foot!

I'm pretty sure there were four in this litter, unless one took off before I'd discovered the others.  After that first day, they've gotten bigger and quicker.  I'll just see little blurs dart under the deck or along the fence between the sheds.  I've not seen more than one at a time since that first day, so I'm not sure if they're all still here, or if only one or two are sticking it out close to home. They've been too fast and too sneaky for me to get any more photos, but I'll keep my eyes peeled.

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Paging Doctor Dolittle

April 11, 2009 at 8:30 PMJeremy

One Saturday a couple of weeks back, I did as I normally do on mornings that I'm not too busy, and went out to check on my bunnies.  That's when a pretty unique thing happened.

First, there was the one bunny:

Then, a second bunny came in:

Then, a third bunny joined:

Then, a FOURTH bunny showed up:


Two bunnies were hiding in the grass (top right and bottom left).

A couple of squirrels were playing along the fence:

Our Texas Spiny Lizard even decided it was warm enough to come back out again:

I watched as a couple of the bunnies started playing tag, chasing one another through the yard.  They went back and forth for a while and then a third one joined in.  At this point, all three of them darted around the deck, behind the playset, and then THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, each one slide between the fence and the gate, leaving behind our one usual rabbit.

Animals

March 31, 2009 at 9:30 PMJeremy

Rabbit sitting in grass
Bunny in Waiting.

This rabbit has sat in this one particular spot in our yard so much that she made a hole there. There's no nest there. There is one in the yard not too far from that spot, though; I think she's keeping watch from a distance.

Bird standing on fenceline
Pretty bird.

Thought this bird picture looked pretty, especially with the blurred background. Maybe I just hadn't noticed before, but around the neighborhood and along my way to work, I keep seeing these trees that have bloomed the prettiest pinks and purples. I wish I'd had time to get out and get more pictures, since they're all about bloomed out. I'm sure Mom knows what species they are.

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Busy Thanksgiving

December 1, 2008 at 9:11 AMJeremy

This has been my first long holiday (two days plus a weekend) in quite a while.  I started my day like most others, with an early morning jog.  By leaving 15-20 minutes later than I usually do, I figured I'd have a shot at some good sunrise pictures, so I stashed my camera.

As an aside, let me just state that I absolutely love my Nikon D40.  My only gripe is that it won't autofocus with many Nikon lenses, but other than that, it's a spectacular camera.  Some people prefer bigger, bulkier cameras, and even add on battery grips to make them more unwieldy.  I, on the other hand, popped the lens and body caps onto my kit lens and camera, stowed each in a different pocket of my jacket, and had perhaps the world's only pocket SLR, which is how I got these shots:


Hoop Dreams.


"My" tree.  (See here)

Retail marketing certainly has messed up people's concept of time.  I started noticing some insane souls running their Christmas lights the day after Halloween, and saw this guy still out in someone's yard on Thanksgiving:


Halloween Cat sez, "I HAZ NO PURRPUSS HEAR AFTUR OCKTOWBUR!"

Anyway, once everybody at our house was awaken, dressed, and fed, we shot on down to Harker Heights for Thanksgiving lunch with the Segars clan. 


Jonathan and Pops.


Nephew Michael (I think I've seen his dad a time or two with that same look on his face...)


Incoming!


A boy and his wagon.


Hey, put down that camera and help me pull this thing!


Pooch on the porch.

Before departing, we took a family photo.  I had to do a lot of post-processing work, since I goofed and had my camera way too far away from my subjects.  I should've zoomed wider and pulled it closer to catch more reflected light from the flash.  Oh well, live and learn.  I'm still new to this whole game.


Test shot setting up the camera.


No idea what's going on here...

 
The Segars/Dieterich families.

Jonathan wasn't facing the camera because he'd just konked out.  Momma must've had too much turkey...

Here are some full-size versions for anyone who wants to print them:

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After a smooth ride back home, we relaxed at home for a bit before heading on to Nana's house for Thanksgiving dinner.  Before we left, I was wandering around outside and spotted my bunny with a friend:

We had a great dinner, and we got Jonathan home and in bed not long after his normal bedtime.  All in all, it was a day to be thankful for.

Related

September 4, 2008 at 7:22 PMJeremy

I've been keeping an eye out for my "pets" that live in the back yard.  I was going through some older pictures and noticed a similarity:

This is the lizard that lives in our back yard.

This little fella was in Palo Duro Canyon.  If you look closely, you can notice that it has the same spiny texture on its back.  Yes, these lizards are native to Texas, so it makes sense; it's just neat that I would've gotten a picture of one both places.

Similarly, Mom noticed with my last rabbit picture that one of the poor bunny's ears was chewed up.

Well, looking back, I noticed that same ear in a lot of pictures:

Yep, that must be the same Mrs. Bunny who had her babies in our back yard.  Guess she likes it here.

As long as I'm showing animals, here's some more:

The lizard chills out on the deck most days, but is quick to scurry back under it if I come out.  Must be camera shy.

One afternoon, Marci and I heard every manner of bird noise outside, and when I went to look I noticed some Blue Jays, some Cardinals, and a few other species, all in the tree in our deck, all making a racket.  I'm not sure what they were going on about; maybe a meeting of some kind. Not exactly birds of a feather, but flocking together nonetheless.

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