wings and things

Down the rabbit hole

on January 11, 2012

Yesterday, in the early evening after all the birds were safely in their yards, I decided to take some photos of the rabbits. Oh yes, haven’t I mentioned them before? We have hundreds of rabbits – well, perhaps not quite hundreds, but lots and lots – so many, in fact, that a friend from Perth asked if I was breeding them. No, I am not breeding them; they are doing that extraordinarily well all by themselves.

In other words, we have a rabbit plague.

They are everywhere! At any time of the day or evening, I can look through any window, or go outside, and I will see not just one or two rabbits, but entire families scampering around, here there and everywhere, in amongst the peacocks and guinneas and geese and ducks and chickens and turkeys. The scene resembles something rather heavenly except it is not heavenly because those rabbits are digging up the foundations of every building on the farm – that is five sheds and this house! I keep expecting the house to suddenly tip over. After all, it’s a very old house.

So last evening I sat outside, camera ready and waited. And waited. And waited. And I didn’t see one rabbit – not even a bunny! It was as if, like Alice in Wonderland, I had fallen down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world – this one devoid of rabbits. I wish.

Anyway, I thought I better take a picture of something, so I took one of the feathers on the lawn. In a previous post I mentioned that, with all the birds molting, it looks a bit like it has been snowing. Then I took a picture of King peacock’s final feather. As I said in another previous post he’s been hanging onto that last symbol of his former glory for ages. Now, having shed that final tail feather he will have to wait several months for them to all grow back. Poor guy seems a bit lost now.

I was still waiting for a rabbit or two to appear so I took another couple of photos of feathers that had blown into a blossom tree. I say a blossom tree because I’ve forgotten what kind of tree this is and Husband isn’t here to enlighten me (I’m ashamed to say that after nearly 20 years of marriage and living here, I still don’t know what many of these trees and flowers are!)

Actually, I’m not comfortable with the little white lie I just told about the feathers in the tree. They were in the tree earlier in the day but had blown onto the ground again, so I put them back in the tree to take the photos. Is that false photography? Interesting concept!

I am not, however, white-lying about the rabbits. The weird thing is that I haven’t seen any today either, so far.

Perhaps I’ve magicked them away somehow. On the other hand, the house does feel a little tilted today!

Or maybe I’m just stuck inside a ‘Julie in Wonderland’ rabbit hole.

When I go in to see Husband today, I will ask him what the blossom tree is called. He will know.

12 responses to “Down the rabbit hole

  1. victoriaaphotography says:

    I must console you Julie,

    Every time I see a great flower bloom or interesting bird and take a poor shot (which reveals itself when I download the day’s photography efforts onto the computer), I go back a day or so later to try and take a better photo. But too late, the flower has died or the bird is never seen again.

    It’s ‘Murphy’s Law’ (or a type of sub-section of Murphy’s Law – Article 1, Section 2 etc).

    Same with your rabbits. Tomorrow when your camera battery is flat & needs re-charging, there will be rabbits JUST EVERYWHERE again.

  2. Ive seen those bushes in Hawaii. I think they grow in sandy areas. False photography. 🙂

  3. magsx2 says:

    It is amazing the damage rabbits can do, I’m sorry to hear you have this problem.

    I don’t know what it is but whenever we get a camera out the disappearing trick happens, it’s as if animals just know what you are about to do. 😀

    • jmgoyder says:

      I’m crossing my fingers they’ve gone but of course they haven’t – they’re just underground! The shire is going to do something but I don’t know what!

  4. artfulanxiety says:

    Reminds me of the Simpsons when their dog is balancing a beer can on it’s nose to drink the drops left over. A reporter walks past and says “This is a one-in-a-life-time shot!” and get’s his camera out. Santa’s Little Helper (the dog) drops the can. The reporter picks it up and mutters “one-in-a-life-time…”

  5. pixilated2 says:

    I’ve heard about your rabbit woes! Rabbits for you, starlings (and others) for us! It’s sad when a non indigenous species runs amok without it’s natural predators to keep them in check. As for your blossom tree, well we call them Oleander here in the states. They are poisonous, both leaves and flowers. But the blooms are prolific and beautiful! And hey, just in case Victoria is correct, don’t forget to charge your battery! 😉
    ~ L

  6. Tilly Bud says:

    I think you can blame Team GB for the rabbits: didn’t we introduce two breeding pairs way back when?

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