Ghost?

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He evades me—

Camouflaged in his winter fur.

Tracking his moves—

I explore his escapade

through the…

pines

to the…

winterberry blinds

across the…

still unfrozen stream

around the…

mess of fallen branches

finally,

under the…

snow.

 

Snowshoe Hare

by:basheesima

 

*About the his tracks:

When slow hopping, the 4 prints are bunched together, with hindprints outermost, alongside, or slightly in front of smaller foreprints; length about 10” when hopping, 24” when leaping.

 

*Comments

The molt by which these hares (and other species displaying winter coloration) change coats is governed by lengthening or shortening periods of daylight. As daylight diminishes in autumn, the hare begins to grow a white-tipped winter coat, at first patchy—excellent camouflage against patchy snow—and by the time expanses of ground are blanketed, the hare has turned white to match. When daylight lengthens in spring the winter coat is gradually replaced with brown.

 

These two notes * are taken from: Eastern Forests Ann Sutton and Myron Sutton

 

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