Local bunnies are quickly changing their winter coats for brown ones these days. Though they may still be streaked with white above their noses and along their backsides, soon the snowshoe hares will be wearing solid brown. Make that, solid chocolate brown.
Why you ask? Well, it’s neither because brown is the new white in the Spring fashion world. Nor is it because Peter Rabbit wore brown in Beatrix Potter’s children’s books. Though naughty as he was, he did look quite charming.
They’re not wearing brown because the snow has *finally* disappeared from our neck of the woods and with it, all winter season apparel.
No, the reason why the local hares are wearing brown this week is because the daylight hours are getting longer. Snowshoe hares have the most sensitive of eyes when it comes to differences in light. Perhaps this is why they respond so readily with a change in fur color in spring and fall.
And since Easter takes place in late April this year, I’m sure the Easter Bunny will also be wearing a tawny coat. However, in years when Easter takes place in March, he may very well be wearing white. It’s all about camouflage with bunnies, whether they’re keeping a hop ahead of predators or sneaking around to hide Easter eggs.
Hoppy Easter to all!
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2014