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On Guard by Michael Cummings


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The snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), also called the varying hare, or snowshoe rabbit, is a species of hare found in North America. It has the name “snowshoe” because of the large size of its hind feet and the marks its tail leaves. The animal’s feet prevent it from sinking into the snow when it hops and walks. Its feet also have fur on the soles to protect it from freezing temperatures.

For camouflage, its fur turns white during the winter and rusty brown during the summer. Its flanks are white year-round. The snowshoe hare is also distinguishable by the black tufts of fur on the edge of its ears. Its ears are shorter than those of most other hares.

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Taken In Otawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D800
ISO 1000
EV 1.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
550 MM


  • TeresaB
    TeresaB10 months ago

    February 22, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Poete100
    Poete10010 months ago

    I remember those when I was younger and living in New Brunswick, Canada…

  • Poete100
    Poete10010 months ago

    OH & this is a fabulous capture…perfect the way he stands up…attentive!

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjes10 months ago

    2014/02/23 1 × 24hrs

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  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randall10 months ago

    24 Feb 2014

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    lorilee10 months ago


  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raade10 months ago

    Great catch. Our jackrabbits are white now, but way faster than my camera.

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambert10 months ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...10 months ago

    This wonderful work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
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