Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hoppy Easter

This is the second time I have done this post, the first time about 90% in it disappeared!

I thought I would share some rabbit pictures with you since this is Easter week I thought bunnies might be popular. There is quite a thriving population of rabbits in a nearby park. The original  rabbits either escaped captivity or were "dropped off'" at the park by their former owners.

I also thought it might be interesting to explore the origins of the "Easter Bunny".

"The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a fantasy character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide." (Wikipedia)

 "The Easter Bunny is sometimes depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature carries colored eggs in his basket, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday." (Wikipedia)

"The custom was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau's De ovis paschalibus (About Easter Eggs) in 1682 referring to a German tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs for the children." (Wikipedia)

"The precise origin of the ancient custom of decorating eggs is not known, although evidently the blooming of many flowers in spring coincides with the use of the fertility symbol of eggs—and eggs boiled with some flowers change their color, bringing the spring into the homes." (Wikipedia)

 "Many Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church to this day typically dye their Easter eggs red, the color of blood, in recognition of the blood of the sacrificed Christ (and, of the renewal of life in springtime). Some also use the color green, in honor of the new foliage emerging after the long dead time of winter." (Wikipedia)

"The Ukrainian art of decorating eggs for Easter, known as pysanky, dates to ancient, pre-Christian times. Similar variants of this form of artwork is seen amongst other eastern European cultures." (Wikipedia)

"German Protestants wanted to retain the Catholic custom of eating colored eggs for Easter, but did not want to introduce their children to the Catholic rite of fasting. Eggs were forbidden to Catholics during the fast of Lent, which was the reason for the abundance of eggs at Easter time."   (Wikipedia)

 This rabbit seems to be molting its winter coat. 


The rabbit below seems to have lost its tail (next two pictures). I noticed it for the first time last year and here it is recently so despite the lack to a tail it seems to be doing well. 


Here they are getting along with a little help from friends during a snowy spell this winter:

I liked this action shot of a rabbit hopping off with a piece of celery.

Some of the rabbits are quite well camouflaged, but not all.

Some have to stay close to cover.








This is a mama rabbit watching over...
....her brood..... 
I apologize if this is a bit of an overdose of rabbits.
My favorite, the milk chocolate bunny!

This week I attended a painting workshop titled "Negative Painting, a Positive Approach" and this is what I did:

Thank you for stopping by, Happy Whimsy Wednesday and Hoppy Easter, until next time...


  1. the rabbits are all adorable! so cute! glad they get some help thru the winter. :) the historical part was interesting, too.

    your painting is beautiful!

  2. LOVE your bunnies - and your painting is beautiful!

  3. Those bunnies are so cuddly, I could give them a hug.

  4. What cute bunnies! Great info as well! Happy Easter!

  5. Oh I forgot, the painting is remarkable, nice one Gillian.

  6. I can never tire of seeing so many rabbits as I love these critters. I have always wanted one as a pet. Lovely painting! Love all the images!

  7. What an adorable collection of rabbits you have there. Such sweet little faces.

    Your paining is beautiful, Gillian. I think it would make a beautiful window covering. I'm in the market for that now, so they're on my mind.. and your design would be up on my windows in no time.

  8. As always, the painting is awesome. And you have taught me something today about Easter/bunnies/coloring eggs. All the bunnies are cute, but really like that black one.

  9. Sweet, happy Easter, happy spring!!

  10. Interesting post, Gillian! My, it has been such a long time. I hope you are doing well!

    It strikes me that the rabbit that lost part of its tail may be alive today because it learned a valuable lesson. It is interesting that the rabbit population at Jericho stays stable, in spite of many predators. The people who drop off a pet with zero survival skills really upset me, but for the rabbits who have managed to "learn the ropes" it seems to me life isn't too bad for them.

  11. I enjoyed this comprehensive look at rabbits oblivious to the symbolism that surrounds them. There is mixed reaction to the cute bunnies as they munch on flowers and vegetables found in local gardens. Many are, indeed, pets that were dropped off to live in the wild. Few people realize the commitment such pets require and their potential longevity. A chocolate bunny is often the better Easter gift. :)

  12. Beautiful photos! Hoppy Easter and greetings from Montreal.

  13. Fantastic shots of the rabbits. I hope you had a happy Easter.