Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Cottontail Rabbit

After birds and squirrels, cottontail rabbits are one of my favourite animals. The North American cottontail rabbit closely resembles the European rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus. There are 16 species in the Genus Sylvilagus to which the cottontail rabbit belongs. Each species is confined to its own area. I'm not certain to which of the 16 species the rabbits in these photos belong but if I find out, I'll post the species name. Meantime, the first two photos were taken in Hawthorne Park located down the street from where I live. The last photo was taken in Green Timbers Urban Forest a short walk to the south, also in Surrey, British Columbia. The images were taken in the evening. Rabbits are nocturnal in habit, so most of their activity is done during the night. In the last photo the rabbit kept pointing its ears toward the camera each time it heard the shutter. Then the rabbit kept on eating (grass) since it realized I posed no danger. Then passing cyclists spoiled it all (the silence) and the rabbit disappeared into the greenery. Enjoy the photos!


Oran Taran said...

Aww! s/he looks really cute in the first and second photos.

I don't think rabbits are nocturnal per se, they're crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk).

Volker said...

The rabbits I've seen over the years (I've worked a lot of night shifts) have been more active at night though I have seen some out during the day (dawn and dusk as you say). Some have been out during the daylight hours at my home in Ontario eating my green bean and pole bean plants (they love legumes)along with fresh grass and clover.

The first two photos are part of a series. A friend of mine was with me and couldn't believe the rabbit was waiting around while I was snapping away. The rest had disappeared. The last photo is also part of a series. You know the story about that one (cyclists). I love these animals!