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A Marsh Rabbit Baby, and a Few Fae

As promised in a recent post, I was lucky to sneak up on a baby marsh rabbit during a recent walk in our wetlands — not always the easiest thing to do with wild adult rabbits, let alone the babies. (Learn more about Marsh Rabbits here.) And as promised…. Cuteness factor through the roof! In honor of their adorableness, I included vintage illustrations of rabbit romps with fairies, and fairytale rabbits — because when I see these delicate marsh rabbits (or as I call them, swamp bunnies, much to the chagrin of the more uptight naturalists), especially the babies — it’s hard not to picture them in such a setting. I like to envision fae around all critters, helping us occasionally close-minded humans love and appreciate their, and Nature’s beauty all that more.

Marsh Rabbit Baby in the South Florida Wetlands

“Fairy and Rabbits,” by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

“A Rabbit Among the Fairies,” by John Anster Fitzgerald

The Brothers Grimm, “The Rabbit’s Bride,” by Walter Crane (court. Project Gutenberg)

“The White Rabbit,” by John Tenniel

“The Tale of Benjamin Bunny,” by Beatrix Potter

“Once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” So, with the help of the fairy who cares for all playthings, and makes them Real…

“The Velveteen Rabbit,” by Margery Williams (Ill. by William Nicholson)

19 Comments Post a comment
  1. You’re right. Adorable!

    May 25, 2012
    • How can I fib about baby bunnies, hee? Especially marsh rabbits, which are already so delicate and adorable… 🙂

      May 26, 2012
  2. Aawww. Unbearably cute.

    May 25, 2012
    • Isn’t he?!? I nearly forgot to pick up my camera… I was staring at him for so long, hah!

      May 26, 2012
      • I sense you must study your beasties for a long time to get such great pictures. Do you stay put in one spot? Or is it just passing through a space over and over again?

        May 26, 2012
      • Hee! You’re so kind… I do tend to haunt the same natural areas (especially the nearby ones), and I definitely enjoy just watching the critters — it soothes my soul. So I think it’s a bit of both, for sure! I sometimes find myself in a more impatient mood… But then I’ll stumble across a baby bird, and will sit there for a good half-hour, lol!

        May 29, 2012
  3. cute lil guy

    May 25, 2012
    • He’s too much… I sat staring at him for some time before picking up the camera, heh. 🙂

      May 26, 2012
  4. lovely picturs- thanks

    May 25, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I had a lovely model. ♥

      May 26, 2012
  5. Cutness city , for sure. How beautiful God’s children are!!! Thank you. Great work – you are quite the trooper!!!

    May 25, 2012
    • Thanks so much!! I was lucky he stuck around — I honestly sat there staring at him for some time, basking in his cuteness, before picking up the camera around my neck! 🙂

      May 26, 2012
  6. I’m a rabbit fan myself. I remember how fascinated I was and my other siblings about Alice in Wonderland and other fairy tales.back then there were no DVD’s , not even betamax thus we entertained ourselves with books and radio. Beautiful and fun images. The baby rabbits are so cute!

    May 27, 2012
    • Ditto!! Where I grew up, we had little to no TV, so we relied heavily on books… And I was ALWAYS a fan of fairytales and mythology. I love how animals are always so integral in these stories. Thanks so much for your kind words. 🙂

      May 29, 2012
  7. I have always wanted a bunny and I’ll always have a rabbit the rest of my life… 🙂
    Wonderful post, as usual…

    May 28, 2012
  8. Your photo is adorable! And, big fan of rabbits, too. Especially love the illustrations by Tenniel, Williams and Potter! Thanks for a great post.

    May 29, 2012
    • Thanks so much! It’s hard not to snap an adorable photo of these diminutive rabbits… I was staring in silence for so long at the baby, I nearly forgot the camera around my neck, heh! Glad you enjoy the classic illustrators as much as myself. 🙂

      May 29, 2012

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