Leaping March Hares

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I thought these photos, that have been sitting in my folders for a while now, would be perfect for today. What with this year being a leap year, yesterday being leap day and today being March… what could be better than showing you a series of leaping March hares?!

Mad as a March Hare is an English expression that refers to hares that, usually shy and skittish, go completely crazy in the Spring.

This is, as we can see in the following photos and many others on the internet, basically true. Although the phenomenon happens all through the Spring and not only in March, hares can be seen boxing and leaping and bounding and head-butting each other. Oblivious to the rest of the world, they can be easily approached or, as in my case, have to be actively avoided: these two (and then three!) hares were fighting in the middle of the road. That’s why the photos have a strange quality to them: they’re taken through the windshield of the car!

Although it was once thought that only males displayed this behaviour, mainly to show their dominance and impress the females, recently scientists discovered that it’s often the females that we see, trying to box extremely enthusiastic males away.

Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” helped spread the knowledge of the madness of hares in March, by naming one of the two characters that have tea with Alice March Hare. And making him completely crazy. As Alice accepts teacups cut in half and other odd offers, she thinks

“The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March.”

I hope you enjoy the photos – it was the first and only time (up to now!) that I saw hares going mad!

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I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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