Mountain hares in the night

I woke up from a bad dream tonight and stood up to get something to drink. I peeked though the kitchen window, it was snowing. On the snow wall in front of the neighbours front yard I could see a large snowball. It was moving. What?! I looked again and saw a mountain hare sitting on top of the snow wall. I spotted even two other pairs of white ears behind the snow wall.

Luckily I still had the big telephoto lens on my camera, so I adjusted the ISO value to 256000 (!) and tried to make some photos of the hare. The best one:

It’s not raining on the photo, it’s snowing, but even with this extreme ISO value I had to expose ⅛ second.

Then I got my tripod to get better images but the mountain hare seemed to spot me through the window and all hares run away in a flash. But only to hide on the street behind the snow wall in my front yard. (We still have at least 85 cm of snow in Skelleftehamn.) Some minutes later I spotted two of the hares in the street again but only for seconds before they ran away once more, this time for good.

This hare is a mountain hare. In Sweden this species is called Skogshare (“forest hare”) while in Germany its name is Schneehase (“snow hare”).

Now I’ll continue to sleep …

9 comments to “Mountain hares in the night”

  1. Johanna 2018-03-25 03:31

    Ein vorwitziger Osterhase?

  2. Peer 2018-03-25 06:31

    I always knew it – the easter bunny must be using advanced camo-tech ;-)))

  3. way-up-north 2018-03-25 08:38

    If it was the Easter Bunny it definitely had problems with winter and summer time coming so early.

  4. Johanna 2018-03-25 09:42

    Der fertig ausgebildete Osterhase braucht keine camouflage mehr ! Er tritt in hellbraunen Fell , Latzhose und mit Transportbehälter auf .
    “Foto-Bunny” ist bestimmt aus der Osterhasen-Werkstatt abgehauen …….
    keiner weiß es ganz genau :-)

  5. way-up-north 2018-03-25 10:27

    Lass mich raten, Johanna, die Häschenschule? Das hat mein Osterhasenbild doch sehr geprägt.

  6. Johanna 2018-03-25 10:33

    da hattest Du so ein schönes nächtliches Erlebnis und dann diese (!) Kommentare……..
    Grüße :-)

  7. way-up-north 2018-03-25 10:43

    Die Kommentare ändern ja nichts an dem Erlebnis. Ich muss allerdings zugeben, dass ich sowas von gar nicht an den Osterhasen gedacht habe.

  8. Johanna 2018-03-25 17:51

    ist ja auch albern aber es war dann doch so verlockend……..

  9. way-up-north 2018-03-25 19:13


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