Hare illustration by Phoebe Carter

Drawing of a hare by Phoebe Carter
Hare drawing by Phoebe Carter

This beautiful illustration by Phoebe Carter made my day yesterday. It’s inspired by a hare I photographed earlier this week on Watergate Road.

The drawing captures the hare’s almond-shape head, its eye and whiskers, and the idiosynchratic way it stands. There’s an imaginative extra detail.

Phoebe is an illustrator who works in watercolour, pen and coloured pencils, and posts her illustrations on Twitter. She creates cards and sewn items including bunting, and is looking to sell them online in the future. She also writes poetry.

She likes drawing trees, ladybirds, rabbits and pebbles. This was her first hare!

The hare

Brown hare, Watergate Road
Brown hare, Watergate Road, 22nd June 2020

The hare is one of quite a lot that live either side of Watergate Road. I go down there in the early morning, sit quietly, and try to snap them as they pass.

Most of them lollop off rapidly enough when they see me, but this one’s curiosity trumps any fear. It takes its time, sniffs the ground, has a good look, and goes past little by little – allowing great photo opportunities.

The previous time I saw it was on 16th May. It’s easy enough to recognise because its front left paw is injured, and it won’t put any weight on it.

Brown hare, Watergate Road
Brown hare, Watergate Road, 16th May 2020

I guess it might be a boxing injury. The paw hadn’t healed when I saw the hare again this week.

Brown hare, Watergate Road
Brown hare, Watergate Road, 22nd June 2020

It seems to be healthy and doing well despite the paw, so I’m hopeful it will have a long life.

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