I did not realize how amazingly fast a hare can run.
I watched two dogs chase a hare across a snow-covered field. The dogs were vastly outclassed. Now, I am not a fan of dogs running free in the Park and chasing wildlife, but on this occasion, the dogs provided me with a scene and a picture that would have otherwise been difficult to obtain. As my camera had been accidentally set to 1/4000 of a second, the action in the only shot I managed was unblurred as the hare sped out of the frame.
This experience offered me a few firsts. It was my first view of a Snowshoe Hare in its white pelage. And while I had seen a hare bound across a field before, this is the first time I had seen one running for its life — it was impressive. Then there is the stance the camera caught just as its large hind paws swung in front of its forepaws.
For all that, I remain staunchly opposed to people who allow their unleashed dogs to chase wildlife in the Park — “go get that sucker, you can do it!”
A Snowshoe Hare in its white pelage speeds across a snow-covered field.