"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Some Rabbits

It’s very easy for a whole day to go by here without really doing very much except wander about the countryside, round the lake and along the hedgerows. In a new place there is so much to take in.

But I don’t even have to go out. Opposite us there is a family of rabbits who play in the road in the early morning. They lollop about and play and nibble the grass or whatever it is that rabbits nibble. This morning I was fascinated to watch one of them pull down branches of the beech hedge and eat the young leaves. It was very intent on its delicious breakfast, so I could sketch it quickly.

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Rabbit nibbling the young beech shoots at the bottom of the hedge.

It was a good start but somehow the rest of the day just got away from me. … but I did find a rather interesting fossil of some kind. We are on Oxford Clay here, which according to Bucks Earth Heritage webpage  “was deposited in a deepening sea around 160 million years ago.”  How wonderful…how exactly does a sea deepen?

3 comments:

Jennifer Tetlow said...

I think after these gorgeous sketches you deserve the day off! What a lovely sight, all that nibbling and stretching up for the fresh new growth

patientgardener said...

Arh you are back in the UK - fab. A whole new range of plants for you to study and draw?

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Those rabbits are insanely adorable.

But I think the hornet images are even more compassionate.