Friday, March 12, 2010

What we discovered when the snow started to melt...

We've had a visitor.  She has been stealthy and sneaky.  I've caught glimpses of her streaking across the tops of the snowbanks.  But with so much snow, she has had ample places to hide.  As the water begins to drip from the snow masses however, her undercover operation has been exposed.  

Its my lilac bush that has bore the brunt of her handiwork.  Or is that teeth-work?  The outermost bark of the branches have been stripped down to the bare wood.  So I lay in wait with my camera to see if I could catch her in action...






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And then we made a deal. We dealt in the currency of rabbits.  A handful of crisp fresh carrots... in exchange for leaving my lilac bush alone.



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She had to think it over.  Then true to her stealthy nature.  She snatched up a carrot in her mouth...


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and without a backwards glance...


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hopped under the deck to parts unknown.

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21 comments:

  1. So cute! Hope you get to see the babies. We had some around here last year - just darling.

    Better to have wabbits under the deck than skunks! Especially with kids in the house.

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  2. What a naughty little rabbit. Doesn't he know carrots are a much better snack. He should have made his desires known sooner. I hope your lilac bush will be OK. My lilac bush is just beginning to come alive.

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  3. That is too funny.

    Im surprised it let you get that close being wild and all.

    Hopefully he/she will move on down the road and leave your flowers alone. :)

    Love and Prayers,

    Tim

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  4. Hey Vicky: You are going to receive the Chicory Print from my giveaway. Could you please e-mail me your address and confirm that is the print you want? Thanks.

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  5. cute little bunny rabbit ... glad you "captured" him ...

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  6. I LOVE that you got all of that with your camera! That is so sweet... amazing how a person can want to kill a rabbit and hug it all at the same time :)

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  7. Bonnie, oh goodness, hadn't really thought about babies! The bunnies do get a bit scarce when its warmer due to boys and their balls and all the pets roaming in the neighborhood. So excited to win your beautiful photo... thanks again!

    Marilyn, I hope my bush will be okay too :) I am enthralled with my lilacs but they won't come close to blooming till May. Sigh...

    Tim, yes I have a feeling it will not be sticking around here once the snow goes and the dogs come outside!

    Susan, oh I love your play on words :)

    Sara, its a little sad that I stalked the bunny like I did :) I was really just noticing how much snow is melting when I made the little discovery.

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  8. I hope Mr or Mrs. Peter Cottontail, knows you would like them to eat the carrots and not your bush. :)

    So Cute.

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  9. That's a cute discovery! Love all the photos.

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  10. Hi Vicky
    that is a sweet bunny and you unfolded the story well...but will bunny be satisfied??? or will she return?
    How many carrots did you say you had?

    Happy days

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  11. oh so cute. We had black ones at the richmond auto mall There was a black mom and dad and 4 babies who hid under the heather bushes. They were not afraid of people at all but did not allow themselves to be caught. It helped pass the time, watching them frisky creatures.:)
    I still have my chin and he gets a carrot and an apple as well as oats and bunny food. They have to crunch on things.
    :)

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  12. And why does she prefer munching on wood and leaving a few carrots behind. Even animals are into junk food these days!

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  13. Oh gosh, the carrots are so funny. What a great snack for a rabbit.

    You need a compost pile Vicky....the rabbits will love you!

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  14. I just learned something new Vicky! I didn't realize that rabbits could chew on a bush like that! I thought they only liked carrots or leafy plants. Great pictures of the culprit!

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  15. Great shots! And thanks for the compliments on this old house... I do love it, a dream come true for me.. now if we can just sell the house we live in, one mortage would be alot easier than two! *sigh*

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  16. What a coincidence. Driving home tonight I saw a cat hopping across the road, and of course, I thought, cat's don't hop. It was a bunny - exactly the color of yours. I was so delighted and delighted again when I viewed your lovely shots and words. Thank you.

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  17. Oh, Vicky!!! I LOVE your deal-making!!! Such a beautiful bunny!!! And you took utterly amazing photos of her!!! Love it!!! Love you! ~Janine XO

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  18. Now my kids would love to find one of these in our back yard. The only critter we have found in the back yard is a dead frog, we are a long way from water too so I'm not sure how he got there unless a bird drop him.

    Fluffy bunnies sound a lot more fun to watch and feed.

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  19. You found a tender solution to the bunny woes. Several years in a row, the bunnies mowed down, my azalea shrubs and all my crocus. I was not happy. Considering they seem to have plenty of other not so expensive shrubs to mow down.

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  20. Those are the BEST shot Vicky!!!!How darling. And you are a kind soul ... giving her carrots, she's sure to bring something good for Easter :)
    xoxo

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  21. Too cute and too funny! Does she have family and friends? You will have more when she tells the neighbors you have carrots!!

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