Thursday, 14 March 2013

Mad March Hare

I'm having a bad hare day. I mean, look at him, he just looks mad. He was just chewing away on his foot and then he caught me drawing him, and glared. I backed away slowly, and he went back to filing his nails, but I could not shake off the chill of that look for some time.*

I haven't seen any hares recently, but March certainly has gone mad this year. We seem to be able to have all four seasons in a day; sun, rain, snow, hail and wind. There's also a comet about. I tried to see it last night but there was a strip of cloud that continualy blew right across where it should be in the sky. I am hoping for better luck this evening. It will be a little bit below the moon. If you miss it however, there's this brilliant time-lapse from Mexico. Enjoy!

*I may have made this up.

Original photo by Peter Denness, winner of the UK Wildlife Photography Award 2011


  1. I love that hare, you have two of the three, the white hart and the hare, do you know the other animal?

  2. No I do not. Let me guess, fox, lion, unicorn?

  3. Good guesses, particularly the unicorn that was the king of the beasts until recently.

    It is the lapwing, in the tradition of the white goddess (triple goddess). 'The poetic meaning of the lapwing is "disguise the secret" because she hides her nest so successfully.'

    The females do that, you can walk within one pace of their nest before they suddenly fly up and shout at you. Very scary. These are the "three arrivals" in this old song, they all appear suddenly and represent some things that are hidden just out of sight.

    I'll sing you three, O
    Green grow the rushes, O
    What are your three, O?
    Three, three arrivals!
    Two, two lily-white boys
    Clothed all in green, O
    One is one, and all alone,
    And ever more shall be so.

    The two lily white boys are the two most powerful trees, the two Oaks (the oak and the holly) which grow the whitest of flowers. The summer oak (oak) fights and defeats the winter oak (holly) at the summer solstice, and the winter oak fights and defeats the summer oak at the winter solstice.

    Not many people know that.

  4. That's really interesting! I do actually have a lapwing picture too! It's part of my Wuthering Heights set

  5. There they are, they are unmistakable, you've portrayed them beautifully. How typical that they should have been here all the time but hiding on an apparently unrelated page.

    I'd like to think this isn't just a coincidence, and that perhaps your inspiration comes in part from the old good natural spirit world. For me, that never went away, it's just been hidden by silly ideas from the desert people.

    Have you ever stood outside the city walls and felt connected? As if some senses that were neglected have suddenly started working again?