Snowshow Hare: Lepus Americanus. [4½" x 6¼" Notecard] Printed on 100% Recycled Paper.
Snowshow Hare: Lepus Americanus
The snowshoe, or varying hares, are the textbook example of camouflage. Their dark brown fur blends with the browns and greens of the arctic summer then transforms to a patchwork of white and brown when winter snow falls. The fur color change is photo periodic, meaning it changes according to the amount of sunlight per day. If there is an early winter or a late spring their coats won't match their surroundings! Their large feet are like snowshoes, with spread toes and insulated pads for traction in the deep snow.
These hares adapts not only physically but also in their behaviors. Snowshoes realize their vulnerability and by becoming less active and more alert decrease the change that they will be seen by predators.
We can learn much about adapting and blending with the environment from the snowshoe hare. Blending child-like wonder and wisdom from experience, we can find the physical necessities and the positive attitude for survival. Even when it is cold, we don't always need to be curled up near a fire. We can dress warmly, and with a positive attitude, love and awe for the mystery that surrounds us, we can feel warmth from within.