With wildlife photography luck is always part of the equation, but you never know how or when it will come into play. While in the Arctic last summer I had the good fortune of photographing an Arctic Hare that was resting in the shade to avoid both the sun and predators. Although the hare was stationary its ears were twitching in order to keep a small swarm of mosquitoes from biting these blood rich organs. I only took a few photos and didn’t think much of them until I got back to review them. This one photo of a mosquito landing on and biting the hares nose immediately caught my attention. I was very happy to have captured this subtle interaction between host and parasite that exemplified the on going battle, small and large, these creatures face on a daily basis to survive.
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[tags] Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, Arctic Refuge, arctic hare, wildlife, Lepus arcticus, photography, photo[/tags]