Spring Black-tailed Jackrabbits

Black-tailed Jackrabbit resting near sagebrushBlack-tailed Jackrabbit resting near sagebrush – Nikon D810, f8, 1/320, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I adore the Black-tailed Jackrabbits I see on Antelope Island State Park for their huge caramel colored eyes, long ears and their soft looking fur. I used to have two lop eared pet rabbits who followed me around the house like puppies, their names were “Up2” and “Mischief” and together they earned those names. I adored those bunnies but I always had to keep a careful eye on them too.

The jackrabbits on the island remind me of my pet rabbits at times, not in coloration because Up2 was pure black and Mischief was black and white, but in behaviors like just sitting under a bush, relaxed and enjoying a nibble or two of the fresh spring grass.  There seems to be a lot more jackrabbits visible right now and perhaps that is because they stand out so well from the bright green grass we have from the spring rains. They will blend in more as the heat comes on and the grasses dry up.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child May 3, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    BIG and beautiful. And no doubt very, very hungry.

  2. Patty Chadwick May 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I like all the textures and details, some are so tiny and delicate…like the spring grasses and little white things around the rabbit’s front feet. There’s something “old world ” charming about the colors and subject of this image that is very charming and pleasing…like a peek into calmer, kinder times….

  3. Bob McPherson May 3, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia. Brings wonderful memories of growing up in the Texas Panhandle. They were plentiful there when I was young.

  4. Roger Burnard May 3, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Ah Mia, “wabbits” always make me smile, no matter the species, or the location.
    Thanks for starting my morning with a smile… ;-)))

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