Orion In His Yard
Orion is perhaps most often to be seen in the company of his Significant Other, but he does spend a certain amount of time each day doing his own thing. In this case, Ms. Spots merely happened to be momentarily out of the picture, as they were both determined to dine on fallen apples (cleverly placed under the pear tree to distract them from the pears above, which they like to chew off) rather than going indoors right when it got dark. I was hoping to capture the eerie gleam of their fur in the gloaming. This was somewhat successful.
Both rabbits are very fond of taking a little nap under this camellia, although Ms. Spots is more often to be found there than Orion.
When Ms. Spots is not handy to lavish attention upon, Orion settles for licking his front paws. They are very elegant paws and much slenderer than those of Her Abundance, as Orion was genetically intended to be a smaller rabbit than she is.
Fortunately, most photographs do not suggest just how large Orion has become. The vet put Ms. Spots on a diet awhile back and evidently all the weight she lost has gone straight onto Orion. I really did not think that the American obesity epidemic was going to be a problem among the lapine population, but Orion is determined to eat his way through as much hay, lettuce, parsley, and fallen fruit as he can manage. I can only hope that once we move to Pittsburgh and leave all this fruit behind (as well as the camellia leaves, the lemon leaves, the jasmine, and all those other garden delights), he will revert to a normal avoirdupois.
Whatever his weight, Orion is an excellent rabbit and is really starting to shed his stray-rabbit wariness. (Of course, this has never been an issue in his passionate affair with the voluptuous Ms. Spots. Three cheers for rabbit spaying and neutering, which allows the lovers to cohabit without starting a tribe!)