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This weekend the warm sun brought out the butterflies - Peacock, Comma, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. There are also lots of Ladybirds and Flies - I even disturbed the pair of Mallards on the pond. But my real WoW moment was as I walked in the field by the main road.

I looked across the road and saw a Hare - I haven't seen a Hare on our land for years, so I was quite excited and crept closer to try for a photo. Then closer still (after climbing a hedge, crossing the road and climbing the gate), he still sat there watching me! I managed to get within 5 or 6 feet before he belted (I could have said hared, but that's an awful pun!) across the field. I then spotted two more at the top of the hill.

I quietly followed the hedge and approached them from the other side. As I came to the brow of the hill I could see their ears when they put their heads up so I just stood still until their heads went down again. At one point they started boxing, but too low for a photo. Then, to my amazement, one of the Hares ran straight for me!!!! I kept having to re-focus - it wasn't as if I was in camo gear (I was wearing green wellies, blue jeans, a purple short sleeved shirt and rather a natty straw hat, with a floaty scarf tied around it). I just stood still and let it get closer and closer................even the wind was against me, the Hare was down wind!

It was only about 10 feet away when it finally spotted me, even then it didn't seem bothered! I spent a wonderful time just watching and appreciating the privelege of sharing a field with these amazing creatures!

They say in life you are always learning, this weekend I learnt two things:-

1. Neverhold a cat when your partner starts up the lawnmower...................it's okay, I shouldn't scar (much).

....and

2. Butterflies crunch when eaten..............thanks Taff!!! Tongue

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:25 Mar 2012 - 2:23 PM
Focal Length:72mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Red-eye reduction
Title:March Hare
Username:KarenFB KarenFB
Uploaded:26 Mar 2012 - 7:12 AM
Tags:Hare, Wildlife / nature
Votes:22
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 7:26 AM

Super captures, Karen, how lucky you were to spot and watch these beautiful, if somewhat rare, creatures, and also manage a few shots of them. Carol

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54242 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 9:00 AM

How wonderful Karen. I love hares, they're so handsome, but living in the middle of London I never ever see them.
I love V2 because we have the one in the background too, and we can see some of the lovely countryside. But I like the little fly in V1. Smile
CHris

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 9:41 AM

Great spot and capture KarenSmile
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oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 12:06 PM

What a great experience Karen and similar photographic outcomes. I've only seen a hare once so I am particularly envious!

Mike

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NDODS e2 Member 32930 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 12:48 PM

A great collection of images, Version 3 gets my vote simply because of the eyes...

Great vision both in front and behind the lens.

Regards Nathan

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 7:04 PM

Well done you, Lucky *** Tongue

Ade

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2012 - 8:07 PM

Lovely shots; how lucky to see them.
Ju

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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
26 Mar 2012 - 8:36 PM

I can equate to your excitement Karen! Version 2 is my favourite. Hope you manage to get close again! John

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84258 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 7:24 AM

Thanks everybody! Grin

I see from my stats a lot of folk have been, looked and gone - that's fine! But I would find it really helpful if just a fraction of those folk would say why - As I look at my order of versions I'm wondering if perhaps I haven't used the correct one as a 'leader' (perhaps version 2 would have been better).

I know giving advice/critique is very hard sometimes and a lot of folk are a little............'sensative', but I would find it really useful to know and if I'm making mistakes I'd love to find out how to correct them! (If you don't want to critique on the image, there's always Private Messaging!)

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2156 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 6:33 PM

These Shots are Brilliant ,I only see a few of them around here,but as soon as they see you they are away,so you have been lucky.Well done Karen
Netta SmileSmileSmileSmile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 8:21 PM

Well Karen sounds like you have had a great weekend..all that excitement..love those hares you lucky lady, a dream for one, but to have three images...WOW!
I am just envious and think they are great images, but have to say the detail of the eye in V3 is amazing
I think maybe he was scared of the mower, and big brave mum can take the scratches...ouch
and Taff leave the butterflies alone...mother does not like...meowsSmile
Lillian

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2012 - 11:36 PM

I think this is one of those moments that never leaves you, and the fact that you were able to record it is wonderful.
I think V2 is my favourite, but I think we have all had that feeling of having led with the wrong picture.
I so loved your narrative, it brings the pictures to life even more.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84258 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2012 - 7:26 AM

Thank you everyone! Grin

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
28 Mar 2012 - 10:08 AM

V2 on top. Beautyful+++++
Cor.

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2012 - 2:09 PM

A terrific set of opportunistic captures Karen, v3 is the best by a country mile. You'd be mad as a March hare not to give these your vote!

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84258 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2012 - 2:19 PM

Thank you! Smile

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RachelMB
RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2012 - 3:27 PM

Wow! Mark is jealous Smile In V3 the eye is particularly impressive Smile

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LiamBull
LiamBull  2 England
20 Apr 2012 - 5:58 PM

I Love This Image, The Colours Are Just Right also The Hare Is Centered Which Makes It Stand Out More

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