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Nature Smart: Big hares of the Arctic

Usually camouflaged in the snow, the Arctic hare has adapted to survive harsh conditions with its thick fur, large hind feet, and impressive speed. (Photo by Stan Tekiela)

Recently while on a trip to photograph polar bears in the sub-Arctic, I spotted an animal that embodies adaptation to its fullest, the Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus).
I was moving across the tundra with the Arctic vegetation in its autumn blazing glory. Bright reds and vibrant yellows painted the landscape and turned everything into a vibrant visual scene. Large, smooth rocks, often covered in lichens, punctuated the landscape. It was perfect habitat for an Arctic hare.

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