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I've learned that I'm a finalist - one of some ten or twelve! - in the Wildlife category of the photography competition I mentioned the other week. =:D Thus, Momentary will be on display at the Destinations show in early February, in London's Olympia Exhibition Hall. =:D It goes without saying I'm hugely excited - there'll be thousands of people seeing my work, and I'll be helping spread the word that there's actually quite a bit to the social lives of wild rabbits. And who knows? I (or rather, the buns in question) might even sway the judges into extending an award.. well, we'll see. ^_^

In the spirit of the season, one of Autostraddle's writers took it upon herself to research, make, and review a variety of butterbeer recipes. ^_^

MLP impressions:

- Party Pooped took a bit too long in the first act, rather hammering home the whole "yaks are impossible to please" angle, before getting into the far more entertaining second act with Pinkie Pie going on a toon-grade epic quest. The ending was a delight. ^_^
- Amending Fences perhaps spent rather too long on Twi's attempts to reconcile, and not enough justification for Moon Dancer's rather absolute antipathy toward her, and her former friends - having a prized friend blow off a party's a low move by Twi, absolutely, but it didn't really seem enough to cause MD to enter a life of solitude. Still, the ending did leave me teary-eyed, and I do hope we see more of Moon Dancer in the future - indeed, the other Canterlot friends as well, which was a bit of a background gap in Twilight's story, given we only joined her as she moved into Ponyville, with little said of her time back in Canterlot.
- Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep? - a veritable classic. So many wonderful little gags, from Lyra and Bon-Bon being overjoyed at being halves of the same pony, to Big Mac's magical princess aspirations, and not forgetting Giant Adorable Derpy. =:D And perhaps one of the best lessons, too.
- Canterlot Boutique again perhaps overstated the main theme, with Sassy Saddles all but becoming Rarity's boss, rather than her boutique's manager. I admit, I'm a bit surprised to find Rarity letting herself be steamrollered like that, but I suppose it's excusable on the basis of deferring to someone who knows the business practicalities and local scene very well. (Although, that mention toward the end of "another failed boutique" opens some room for doubt?)

I haven't yet seen the new Star Wars, but intend to, hopefully on a big screen. ^_^ Is there any consensus on whether its 3D adds much/anything/lots?

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Oh, wow, fantastic news about being a finalist. Well done.

Thankee. ^-^ I imagine I may well still be around for the show, so I may have to drop by, just to see it on show for myself - and perhaps overhear if anyone has any reaction to it. =:)

Edited at 2015-12-23 10:35 am (UTC)
Congrats on the success of your bunnies!
Thanks! It's a very odd thought, knowing those wonderful buns will be on show, physically, in front of so many people. ^_^; I hope it catches some people's eyes - I'd love to help encourage more consideration of rabbitkind as a hardy, admirable sort, and perhaps kindle some more interest in wildlife photography in general. I certainly wouldn't mind gaining a little bit of a reputation as a wildlife photographer, either. ^_^;
You take great bunny pictures. ^_^
That's so kind of you. ^_^ I do love trying to document their lives. True, yes, there's a lot of eating involved, but with a busy warren, there can be so much interplay involved. And then we have the new buns, especially around Spring, who can sometimes be a little less reclusive - one of my favorites for that is The Endless Buffet, where the two were perfectly well aware of my presence, yet were quite happy to let me be, if I extended the same courtesy.

It's a frustrating time of year at the moment, though - generally fairly dull and damp, and this year's no exception, with very few good opportunities for an afternoon/evening's rabbiteering. Still, things will improve. ^_^
...and I'll be helping spread the word that there's actually quite a bit to the social lives of wild rabbits.

Our bunnies are so seemingly solitary here, I can't imagine how active an actual warren would be. The Huntress, too, would be exhausted from announcing each sighting beyond her fence, or from chasing those who would dare venture within her domain.

The photos are lovely; wish you well in your competition!
I recall reading that Oryctolagus cuniculus is especially gregarious - the European socialist spirit at work? =:) Ever hares, as I understand (having never seen any in person, yet) are seldom seen in groups, other than males sparring for supremacy, or females fending off unwanted advances.

Reminds me, someday, I must get along to Skomer - that BBC short was quite enchanting. And then there's Japan's "rabbit island".. ^_^

Thanks. ^_^ I'm probably going to have to go along to see the exhibition in person, just to convince myself that my work really is on show in such a major venue. And FSM knows, if I actually won a Western Australia trip, I'd be overjoyed - I've been wanting to return to Australia since my visit in 2001. The kind of landscape shots I can imagine getting.. and then, I might be able to pick drhoz's brain regarding prime spots to try for good wildlife opportunities.. gods, what an opportunity that would be!