The black-tailed jack rabbit, (Lepus californicus) , is a creature that defined some of the memories I have retained from growing up on a ranch in the Texas rolling plains. As a small boy riding over the badlands along the Brazos river I never tired of seeing these fleet footed creatures dash suddenly from their hiding place and scurry off into the distance, always with their head held high and maintaining that gallop so defining of this wild hare of the rolling plains.
A few years ago I was driving out near our old home place and noticed an incredible number of adult jackrabbits lounging around on the buffalo and arrow grass flats. Taking my camera along on later trips I soon gained the confidence of almost every rabbit occupying a small sector of the pasture and was soon walking around them shooting photos as they ate, slept, and lounged. All summer I returned from time to time and visited with my big eared friends, eager to see if perhaps I could gain more insight into the lifeway of this iconic creature.
By winter they had almost all dispersed from the area and I was left alone with only my memories of Sue, Jack and a host of other wild hares whose names I have now forgotten.
Enjoy these intimate moments shared with me by a pair of black-tailed jackrabbits in their natural environment in the rolling plains of Texas.