I took these photos at the beginning of an early morning trek along Mitchell Canyon on Mount Diablo. This guy was pretty fearless. He was dining on his surroundings, then noticed me, and stopped. We had a stare-down. Either I won or he got bored, for he slowly hopped across the trail and up the hill. After a while, it finally occurred to me that I was staring at nothing.
This was the first time I’ve ever seen a jackrabbit not on paper.
Barbara Yencho, Martinez, California
Jackrabbits are interesting characters. Sometimes when you encounter them they are gone in the blink of an eye. Other times, as you caught in your beautiful photos, they just sit there and stare back. They are also pretty tough. I once saw a red-tailed hawk dive down and grab a jackrabbit. The jackrabbit responded by kicking the hawk head-over-tailfeathers with its powerful back feet. Tough dudes! /Gary