After a prolonged period of cold, wet weather, a sunny day arrives with a spectacular sight: this desert cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus audubonii) makes an astonishing vertical leap nearly three feet straight up in the air during a face-off with another rabbit in a vibrant field of clover.
This photo was taken after nearly a half hour wait at Merced National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Valley of California. Nature photography is a fun and educational way to develop patience!
It was my very first time seeing a wild rabbit in its natural habitat making such a bounding leap. The Creator of the universe truly has a sense of humor!
“For with You I rush on a troop, with my God I can leap over a wall.” ~ 2 Samuel 22:30 (TLV)
A life lesson from this wildlife capture: Be prepared and ready, patiently waiting for the “suddenlies” the Lord sends your way.
Contest Awards ~ Giving God the Creator all the glory and praise that my Airborne Bunny photograph received the following contest placements on Fine Art America: :
1st Place in the juried contest, “Your Art That Makes You Smile”, 07.06.20. Thank you to Inez Ellen Titchenal from California for hosting and jurying the contest. God bless you!
2nd Place (tie) in the Leap Year Contest, 03.03.20. Thank-you to contest host Linda Galok from Massachusetts and to all who voted. God bless you!
2nd Place (tie) in the Wild Animals of the US Photography Only contest sponsored by the USA Photographers Only group, 04.11.20. Thank-you to group administrator Judy Vincent from Texas for hosting the contest and to all who voted. God bless you!
2nd Place in the Intent to Fly Contest, 09.22.22. Thank-you to Dr. Debra Stewart, administrator of the Intent of the Artist Group, for hosting the contest and to those who voted. God bless you!
Grateful to God and thankful to the administrators for graciously featuring this image on the home pages of the Fine Art America groups ::
* ANIMALS, 02.23.19 * ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHS, 02.23.19 * THE AWWW SO CUTE FACTOR, 02.27.19 * 10 PLUS, 03.01.19 * CAMERA ART, 03.29.19 * PACIFIC NORTHWEST ARTISTS, 06.20.19 * IMAGES THAT EXCITE YOU, 03.22.20 * WISCONSIN FLOWERS AND SCENERY, 03.22.20 * 1000 VIEWS ON 1 IMAGE, 03.23.20 * FAA GALLERY HOME FOR ALL ARTISTS WHO CREATE, 03.23.20 * PRAISING GOD, 03.25.20 * 1,000 VIEWS LIMIT 1 PER DAY, 04.02.20 * ABC GROUP, "Z is for Zingers" Themed Feature, 01.06.21 * 500 VIEWS ~ 1 IMAGE A DAY, 02.23.22 * INTENT OF THE ARTIST, 09.24.22
Embedded in the top right-hand corner is the Hebrew acronym for "B'ezras Hashem" [ב ס " ד] meaning "with God's help". It is a reminder to me as an artist and photographer of my dependence on the Almighty, the Originator of all creativity. This is a similar acknowledgement used by great artists like Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel who signed their work with the Latin phrase, "Soli Deo gloria" which means, "Glory to God alone".
Thank you for visiting my art gallery! As this is part of my livelihood, the honor of your purchase would be appreciated to help support my work in fine art wildlife nature photography. Thank you very much. God bless you.
February 23rd, 2019
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