Snowshoe Hare, in winter, Wrangell St. Elias, Alaska.

snowshoe hare in white winter coat, on snow eating a willow stem, wrangell st. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

Here’s one I shot yesterday. As winter comes to an end, the hares are hungrier than ever, which means I get to see them a little more. This one is just starting to change his coat back to the brown summer coat. You can see the black tips on the ears, which don’t go white, even in the mid of winter. As winter goes along, the hares get hungrier and hungrier – there is not a lot of fodder for them once the snow covers everything. You can see the willow branch this one was nibbling on when I found him. The hares eat the bark right off the saplings .. some of the saplings around the area have been completely stripped, while others haven’t veen touched. I have no idea what makes one willow sapling more delectable than another, but the snowshoe hares seem to know.

I’ll keep poking around and see if I can find some more hares to photograph in the next few days. There’s a lot of them around, but they’re pretty skittish, and don’t hang around too much when I stumble along.

Cheers

Carl

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10 thoughts on “Snowshoe Hare, in winter, Wrangell St. Elias, Alaska.

  1. Beth Lunsford

    What a great photo of this beautiful bunny. Good to have you out of hibernation,Carl!! Ron had a really cool photo of a desert mtn. trail the other day,too. You’ve probably seen it by now. Looked really cool wth the cacti & the hiker on top. Hope you’re having a great time. So how long are you going to be at the cabin? There will be all kinds of great stuff to photograph soon!! I love the way you captured this little fellas’ face. And the snowy backdrop is perfect.

  2. Beth Lunsford

    You’re welcome,Ron. Both of you have such wonderful photos!!So soulful. It’s the next best thing to expieriencing it yourself. Both of you are excellent photographers. Just don’t start chasing Britney Spears!LOL! I would have to lose all respect for you then!! No chance of THAT, I’m sure!! Both of you keep up the great work. Looking forward to ALL of it. P.S. Ron, do Carl & you camp out & work together sometimes? Just curious…

  3. Ron Niebrugge

    Hi Beth,

    Britney who? 🙂

    You know Carl and I have been friends for many years, and have had a lot of laughs on the phone over the years. I have even run into him a number of time in Alaska including the Wrangell’s, Homer and Denali, but it seems like we are always going different directions in Alaska’s all too short of summer – he stays busy guiding hikers and I have had some long assignments which limited my flexibility.

    He visited me a year or two ago, and we did a little shooting one of those days, but I think that was one of the only times. Now that he lives in Alaska, I imagine we will do some more – when I’m not running around in the nice warm desert. 🙂 I do 99% of my photography by myself.

    How is that for a long answer to a short question!

  4. Carl Donohue

    Hey Beth,

    Thanks for the note. Yeah, it’s good to be in the field. I’ll be here towards the end of the month, then back in to Anchorage for a course, then out again.

    Ron and his wife Janine have been awesome enough to invite me to their house and hang out some – they’re great people. I’m always trying to get to go shoot with ron to learn his tricks, but he’s too wily for me, and is usually off in some distant part of the world. I thought by moving up here I’d catch him, but it seems like I saw him more often when I living in Georgia. 🙂

    Hey Sergei

    No, I didn’t eat one of the bunnies. I did manage to get a picture of something that eat them though. 🙂

    Hey Ron,

    Thanks man. So, you are coming back, right? I went down by your old house and it seems they’ve turned it into a museum of famous ex-Alaskan photographers. 🙂

    Cheers

    Carl

  5. Mark

    Reminds me I need to try harder to catch some shots of the rabbits in my own backyard! Seems they are only out at night though, and I don’t find a lot of interest in nighttime wildlife shots.

    Very nice image Carl.

  6. Carl Donohue

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks.

    Yeah, they’re hard to get here too . they have a great understanding of light, and always come out right at the light drops to about 1/40th at f4.

    Cheers

    Carl

  7. Beth Lunsford

    Hey Ron & Carl, Thanks for the info. Too bad you don’t have more time to visit each other. Hopefully that will change, but I’m sure that you really have to hustle in the line of work you’re in. You really are always going in different directions. But for both of you, your dedication shows in your photography. I’m just really glad I found both websites!!

  8. Carl Donohue

    Hey Beth,

    It’s mostly Ron, not me .. he won’t come play anytime. He’s always ‘too busy’, which means, making money – which is why there’s so few dollars left for the rest of us.

    🙂

    Cheers

    Carl

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