Yes, but they're also full of sugar, soooo...... Sorry.
Yes, but they're also full of sugar, soooo...... Sorry.
We've had a sort of a forced break here on this blog recently due to some daily fur-cleaning interventions making humans very unpopular in the MrB/Anouska household. That's died down a little now, but I thought I'd better not risk trying to take a photo of a conscious bun just in case I ended up on the end of some sort of retributions.
Trying to get nice bokeh shapes from the light through the trees behind my subjects is my new obsession. And like anything I do over and over again, my bunnies never get bored of it...
Yes, MrB, this time...or the next time. Definitely soon. Got to think of your diet you know.
Sorry, terrible photo today, but I so rarely get to take a photo of them napping together!
I've also seen them in a full-on snuggle this week, but I did not dare disturb it with a camera. I know they probably snuggle all the time, but MrB doesn't usually let his guard down if he knows I'm nearby, for fear of being easily grabbed for his regular tummy cleaning.
I dropped in on Bugsy yesterday as I heard she wasn't well. She really didn't look good when I arrived, but I think maybe she had only just had her poking and ear cleaning and wasn't ready to forgive humans yet. So I went to hang out with crazy little Ruben for a bit (I love Ruben!), when I came back she had cheered up considerably.
I've pretty much given up on trying to get regular photos of my two for this blog. They're just so not into it, probably less so than ever before, it takes a lot of treats to persuade them to do anything I want them to.
Plus, if we're honest, their fluffy little waistlines could do without more treats...
Erm...well...if the chubby moniker fits... Oh no. I hope Little Miss Foot-Chomper didn't just hear me say that!
Phew! Distracted! Think I got away with that.
After the sad passing of Sprat and Torvill this year at the RRR, their former partners have found each other. They have a lot in common and seem to get on about as well as two bunnies can, which is great news. Of course, that does mean double-adorability-snack-muggings...
Anouska is on pain pills this week to see if it helps her move better. The vet suggested syringing them into her mouth mixed with mushy food, but my attempts at that failed dramatically
Now, she loves fruit, especially bananas and strawberries. So for the last few days I have been pushing the pills into a small piece of banana and medicating her by stealth - she thinks she's just getting extra treats. It was all working out well until today when I tried to mix things up and use strawberry - for some reason, "not banana" was worth some thumping and grumping.
After several unsuccessful attempts to persuade her it was something tasty, I resorted to digging the now half-dissolved tablet out of the strawberry, scooping out a piece of the banana and slotting the strawberry/medicine mix in. So she ended up with something resembling a banana donut with strawberry centre. It worked well, she scoffed it immediately, but I'm dreading tomorrow - I fully expect her to reject her morning medicated banana until I put the strawberry filling in it again.
I never really got on with really shallow depth of field when I first got my 50mm lens, but I've been having so much fun with it recently at 85mm I though I'd give it another go.
The main difference between the two is you need to stand closer for a similarly framed shot with the 50mm (obviously). I get the impression MrB has some feedback he wishes to share with me over that aspect.
Oh Anouska, you look like you have something to ask me?
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.K. Actually it's more like "What dost thy bunnies do with their butts and teeth that thou shalt protect the windowsill from them?"
I decided some time ago that I did not want any more bunnies. My biggest problem is vets, it seems like a recipe for disaster that I need to drive an hour away to see mine and if an emergency happens when my vet isn't available there is a chance an out-of-hours or stand-in vet will kill my dearest baby through lack of knowledge or understanding. I've seen it happen too many times and I think I've had enough stress over this to cover a lifetime.
But I am weak. I love my bunnies and if I came across a poor bunny in a shelter that I fell for (over and above the feeling I have that I want to adopt them all anyway) I know I'd struggle to resist taking them home. Now I don't really volunteer for the RRR I am less likely to get to know one of those special rabbits with strong characters, the ones that dig their way into your heart and build a connection with you that you can't walk away from. So I think I'm safe from that. Then the only weak spot I have left is that I always wanted to one day have a straight-eared giant or a mini-rex in my family. Fortunately, neither of those breeds pops up in rescue very often, so if I'm lucky I can continue to resist.
STOP GLARING AT ME, MEADOW, I SAID I AM RESISTING!!!!
I popped over to Animals in Need today in preparation for possibly doing my summer photo project there.
If it goes ahead, it won't be my first project outside the RRR. My photo project last summer was for rabbit expert and author Twigs Way, taking photos of her many rabbits and garden. In that project I was trying out different types of shots with rabbits I hadn't met before, it was a fun challenge and I was pleased with the results. I've even heard rumour that at least one of the photos may have made it into Twig's latest book.
Then my winter project was for the rabbity Facebook page Fluffy Little Five, where I was practising indoor photography. This was mostly trying out the things I'd learned about lighting from some evening classes I'd attended. Again, I think it worked out pretty well, they seemed fairly happy with the results and many of the photos were used on their page.
For this latest project, I wanted to do something for another rescue, but maybe not just bunnies this time (though AIN do have a bunny section). So that's where I was today, scoping it out. And if Anouska asks, I absolutely DID NOT have my eye on any more bunnies I might like to bring home, absolutely not...
Shush, jumbo adorable bunny! Shush!
I've been looking through Flickr for inspiration a lot this year, which has the added bonus that you can often see the equipment and settings people use to capture great images. In doing so I have become a little bit obsessed with portraits taken with 85mm (fixed focal length) lenses. Sure, mostly on Flickr they are of people or cats, but I've been itching to try it out with bunnies. At 85mm with a shallow depth of field, you can get some quite dreamy separation of subject from surroundings.
Hmmm...I think Anouska might be taking the 'dreamy' bit a little too literally as she looks half asleep! Oh hang on...
Yup. There goes the other half.
It is way too hot for Anouska right now, she seems to be really struggling with temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade, so we tend to take advantage of the cooler mornings and get them outside before the sun hits the garden. Their levels of activity vary from day to day, but I generally consider it time for us all to go back inside when Anouska lays down for a final clean before her morning nap.