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Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunday Selections #266

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.   Each March my city holds an Enlighten Festival.   It started on Friday and runs for the next ten days.   Buildings in the Parliamentary Triangle are illuminated and some class acts are brought to the city.  Many events are free, and it is very, very popular.  We went (of course) and will go back again next week to see an act which wasn't on this week.  I took several hundred photos and will devote a post (or two) to them later.


I was surprised to notice that this year Enlighten seems to have a sub-theme.  The images on the illuminated buildings change every few minutes.  They are designed to reflect the buildings purpose, and often feature highlights from current (or recent exhibitions).  This year each display featured rabbits.  Often very briefly but they were there.  Why?  I know not.  It was fun though.   The rabbits are a very minor part of the display, but once I had noticed them they 'popped up' everywhere. 






These were on the National Portrait Gallery.



On the far left there is a rabbit - on the walls of the National Art Gallery.


There were several of these inflatable rabbits.  They were HUGE.  I read somewhere that they are seven metres tall... The exhibt, titled 'Intrude' by Amanda Parer, is apparently an illustration of the contradictory nature of rabbits.  Part of our childhoods, innocent, cute and fluffy.  Introduced into a foreign landscape they wreaked havoc...



The pink rabbits adorned Old Parliament House.



More of Amanda Parer's big bunnies.


This bunny was appeared briefly on the walls at Questacon.




The National Library too had its bunnies.  And I did think of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit when I saw these.

Not only do we have Enlighten on at the moment, in less than two weeks the Balloon Spectacular will start.  Woo Hoo.

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  1. So no humping rabbits then? :D Sorry to lower the tone of your post. I have to say I do like the huge inflatable bunnies. Okay now everything I write sounds rude...

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    1. LL Cool Joe: Enlighten is marketing as a family friendly occasion. Mind you, if you look closely at the rabbits on the National Portrait Gallery they are DEFINITELY sexy beasts.

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  2. Great displays indeed, thanks for sharing and happy Sunday!

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  3. Rabbits everywhere, they pop up all over the place, excellent images.

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    1. Bob Bushell: They were indeed everywhere. Which was fun.

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  4. EC: Wabbits!
    Carol: Is it Wabbit season EC?
    EC: No, I think it is Duck season.
    Carol: I think it is Wabbit season EC.
    EC: Duck season.
    Carol: Wabbit season.
    EC: Duck season.
    Carol: Wabbit season .. Fire!

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    1. Carol: Big, big smiles. Wabbit season it is.

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  5. Oh, that first photo is so, so beautiful! :-) Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: He is a sexy beast isn't he? When we go back I will try and get some video of him (and his friends).

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  6. Now that is a real herd of rabbits! I enjoyed them all, although I did wonder what is behind Amanda's desire to have such huge ones! :-)

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    1. DJan: Big is beautiful? And they are.

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  7. For me? Thank you for everything.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWmc_XRpa9U

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    1. Martin Kloess: You lost me with that trailer.

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    2. ... about a man whose best friend is a 6 foot 3.5 inch invisible rabbit ...

      so says wikipedia :) I was curious, too, EC!

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    3. jenny_o and Martin: Thank you. I missed that when I went to the link. My bad.

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  8. I love the idea of the rabbits. I hope it was unannounced and they just appeared and set tongues wagging.

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    1. Andrew: We knew about the big rabbits. The others? No. And I didn't hear anyone else talking about them.

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  9. I read that the group/band Augie March were performing at one of the venues last night, too. I like them.

    A subtle theme with the rabbits...nonetheless a powerful one.

    I hope your coming week is a good one as you revisit the bunnies, EC. Enjoy the Enlighten Festival. Cuddles to Jazz and Jewel. :)

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    1. Lee: It was pretty much battle of the bands while we were there. Lots of very different sounds competing. Which I didn't enjoy.

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    2. Augie March were set to play from 9.30 pm...so I guess you well back home by then. They're a good group...they're quite civilised.....

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LejMbZjZUvk

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    3. Lee: We were still there (just) but there was a lot going on.

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  10. I can't believe a year has passed! Love the bunny theme and that woman rabbit really caught my eye!!!

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    1. Bookie: There was a lot more to see too. The rabbits were definitely a sub-theme - but fun.

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  11. Rabbits are all over Australia, and have no taken up residence in some of the flashiest addresses in the capital... albeit only temporarily.

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    1. Country Mum: Their furry relatives are here too. Lots of them. Lots and lots of them.

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  12. Am I evil for only mentally hearing Elmer Fudd singing "Kill the Wabbit?Rabbits are cute, but only in conditions that limit their numbers. We see an occasional rabbit in the yard and have even had babies here, but the hawks and neighbors outdoor cats keep the number bearable. My dog on the other hand only wants to play with them.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Not evil at all. Rabbits cause a lot of damage. I don't think any of these rabbits will breed. Their numbers might increase though...

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  13. Hmmm Year of the Rabbit? Someone certainly had lots of fun with this!

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    1. Alexia: It is year of the Monkey. I really don't know what prompted the rabbitathon. Glad I noticed it though.

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  14. We have one or a few of those large lighted rabbits in Parramatta somewhere I seen them but can't remember where.
    Funny ''Bright eyes'' is just now playing on the radio.
    We once owned a tiny rabbit called Andy .
    Merle.............

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    1. Merlesworld: When I was growing up when money was tough my father went out with a gun. Rabbit was a big moneysaver. I don't think he would have even contemplated letting us have one as a pet. We had lots of other animals though.
      Parramatta would be improved by giant rabbits I think.

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  15. oh look at the rabbits, such a happy sight

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    1. Linda Starr: It is a happy festival. Very happy.

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  16. I guess they did proliferate! They're everywhere! I like the lantern one all lit up

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  17. Made me think of the video I came across yesterday on FB...a white bunny eating red berries...the juice running all down his throat...the caption was something out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail...killer rabbits hehe

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    1. Author F. Mac Wheeler: I remember that movie. The day after I saw it (I was away from home) I saw the biggest bunny I had ever seen and quietly (and quickly) walked away.

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  18. Maybe they wanted the event to breed like rabbits?

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I would be happy if it did. It really is fun - on so many levels.

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  19. I love the inflatable bunnies! We often had rabbit dinners when we were young, Dad and some mates would go out with the jeep and floodlights and next day the sink was a veritable bloodbath with the skinning and gutting. The dog got the innards and we got the outer.

    The pink rabbits on Parliament House seem appropriate since the inmates are often seen as a mob of decadent playboys (*~*)

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    1. River: You are right about the playboys. Well done.
      I never liked rabbit. Father also went fishing when money was tight - which I much preferred.

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  20. I do hope 'Go Ask Alice' by Jefferson Starship was playing somewhere in the background!

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    1. The Cranky: How very appropriate. And no, it wasn't. They needed you there to choreograph the event.

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  21. You have the coolest things going on in your community!

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    1. Birdie: It is renowned as a dull city, which I don't agree with. At all.

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  22. Thanks for taking us along, I agree with Birdie! I hope you're feeling okay.

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    1. e: Thank you. I will be much, much better when summer departs.
      I am more than happy to take people along - and there is more from this event to come. Quite a lot more.

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  23. I love the giant inflatable bunnies, they are absolutely true to the attitude of rabbits.

    I hope Canberra is cooler than Sydney right now

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    1. kylie: I loved them too. And was awed at just how big they are.
      Sadly we are HOT. And will be all week. Mid thirties. I am so over the sweaty season.

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  24. I think it's the political aspect that labels Canberra as dull!And I, too, know it only from friends' photos..so far. Next year, i hope to fix that!
    The bunnies are sweet.

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    1. dinahmow: Dull is more flattering that the way I think of the pollies.
      And I like the city, but will accept that I am prejudiced. One of this years featured balloons is an owl. I hope next years are as exciting for you.

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  25. A beautiful ligt show, and I think it was a great idea with these rabbits.
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: It is a beautiful light show - and there is a lot more to it than the rabbits. More photos to come. Lots more.

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  26. Not much of a bunny person, but I did enjoy rabbit served at a local French restaurant. I know of Beatrix Potter's work, and I like it. We read these stories to our kids. .

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    1. A creative idea, and I like the last couple best. They look like woodcarving prints.

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    2. D.G Hudson: I know rabbit is considered gourmet food now, but in my head it is poverty food. I didn't like it then (despite my mother being a very good cook) and have no temptation to try it again.
      I did like the illuminated version though.

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  27. I do like rabbits even though I know they can do so much damage to crops etc. There is a university a couple of miles from us and we used to see the rabbits running about on the lawns out the front but they killed them all with one of those dreadful diseases they developed for that purpose. I didn't know they would be detrimental in the suburbs but they apparently had to go. We miss them.
    Thank you for sharing so much art with us. Canberra certainly does put on some wonderful shows.

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    1. Mimsie: There are rabbits in Canberra too. I understand that there are fears that their warrens could undermine buildings?!!
      Canberra does put on a lovely show. Often.

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  28. Very cool. I especially like the pink bunnies lighting up one of the buildings. The inflatables were interesting too. Must have been a night of wonder.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: It was indeed a night of wonder, and will be again when we go back later this week to see the floating jellyfish.

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  29. Those bunnies are so cool! I never seen so many bunnies in a town before

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...:I have seen towns overrun with many more real rabbits, but not these charmers.

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  30. Rabbits make me smile :)
    Who knows why. I just think they're adorable!
    Hope you are well, Sue. xxx
    HAPPY Early Easter.

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    1. My Inner Chick: There was a LOT to smile about that night - and the rabbits were only part of it. A very happy Easter to you and yours too. Hugs.

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  31. What a fun festival to have every year! And I love all the rabbits! I read Beatrix Potter as well and so have a fondness for them. Can't wait to see more pics :)

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    1. mshatch: Beatrix Potter became a part of many of our lives didn't she? A well remembered part. There will be more photos. Lots more.

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  32. I'm coming to live with you, that's it! It's warm and you have awesome festivals.

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    1. Sonya Ann: Just at the moment it is hot. Too hot by my wimpy standards. We will have temperatures in the 90s every day this week - and I haven't been game to look at next week.
      The festivals are good though. Very good.

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  33. the rabbits especially in the first two photos you show, appearing as heads upon serious human bodies, seem to mock our specialness, our godly serious topnotch human species. Made me smile.
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    1. Strayer: As you know I would (and do) dispute our specialness. And I am glad to give you smiles.

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  34. At first all the rabbits creeped me out and then I loved it! I have a big stuffy from my first Easter (it's about the size of Baby Bananaface now) and some of the images reminded me of him. :) Thank you for the joy :)

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    1. HBF: I am glad that the creepedoutedness (a new word) didn't last. They really were charming.

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  35. I have a real bunny in my yard who keeps taunting Millie, and he's huge.

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    1. T. Powell Coltrin: Shades of Monty Python. Your huge bunny isn't seven metres tall though. I hope.

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  36. Such beautiful photos. Now you have me wondering why rabbits were used throughout the exhibit. There has to be a reason, wonder if it was just to make people wonder. :-) Your town has such fun activities. I'm not only looking forward to more of these photos, but also the balloon festival...hey!

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    1. Mason Canyon: I have no idea why the rabbit sub-theme emerged. Perhaps it is only in my head but there WERE rabbits on every building.
      I am also really, really looking forward to the balloons. As I do every year. And there is more of Enlighten to revel in first.

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  37. In an online piece, the artist - as I think you mentioned earlier - said she wanted to show the contradiction of "cuddly" bunnies that we know from books, media, Easter, etc. versus the destruction they cause in Australia.

    I didn't realize they were a destructive species there. We have them in Canada but they don't seem to take over. We do have lots of their natural enemies, so maybe that keeps things in balance.

    Interesting, as always, EC. Looking forward to more!

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    1. jenny_o: They have wreaked incredible damage here. And we have few natural predators. Some of the human responses to the damage make me unwell though. I refuse to think about it today, and will focus on the fun and whimsy instead. Denial. Not just a river in Egypt.

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    2. Fun and whimsy are most welcome here, too. You have the right idea.

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    3. jenny_o: Fun, whimsy and some down right silliness are necessities aren't they?

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  38. Very interesting and great photos.

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  39. Interesting exhibits....Maybe Spring brings fertility to mind and what species is more fertile than good ole bunnies?

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    1. Molly Bon: Perhaps - but we are just going into Autumn here.

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  40. These are very fun. I'm also thinking of Alice in Wonderland. But the first couple of images, I find slightly disturbing.
    Thanks for the messages, EC. Take care, and I'll keep you posted.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I didn't notice at the time, but the bunnies on the National Portrait Gallery are highly sexualised. And yes, I can see why you find them a tad disturbing.

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  41. You have the most interesting festivals! Enlighten...then balloon, wow! great photos, liked those big inflatable ones, must have looked even more impressive up close.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: March is festival month here and always a colourful vibrant joy. And yes, the big bunnies were amazing close up.

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  42. Love the rabbits and want to know the reason.

    One day I opened my refrigerator and there was a rabbit inside. "What are you doing in there!" I demanded. The rabbit replied, "Well isn't this a Westinghouse? I am westing."

    (For those who do not know, Westinghouse was a former brand of kitchen appliances, especially refrigerators.) I have always loved that joke. Sorry.

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    1. Granny Annie: I love that joke too - and have never heard it. We are getting Westinghouse ads here at the moment - and they would be improved with that joke.

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    2. hahaha I've never heard it before.

      Sounds like Bugs.

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  43. Now you have piqued my curiosity about the balloons and the floating jellyfish. I would leave a longer comment but I'm late, I'm late for a very important date....

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    1. rhymeswithplague: Watch this space - there will be LOTS more from Enlighten and from the balloon spectacular too. I am so glad that despite your lateness you found time to say hello - unlike Alice's rabbit.

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  44. Hooray for bunnies! I'm a hopping, happy fan of bunnies and this is quite the collection. What an interesting and delightfully creative event to attend. Enjoy it for as long as it lasts, and I look forward to more photos.

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    1. Karen S.: There will be more photos. Lots more. Some weird, some wonderful...

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  45. Your photos are fantastic! I do love rabbits... Introduced species with no natural predators = BAH HUMBUG

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    1. Nicky HW: Sadly I think introduced species cause problems the world over. Including our species.

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  46. What a spectacular display. Here's to more bunnies.

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    1. cleemckenzie: More bunnies, and more whimsy. Always a winner.

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  47. Hi EC - the start of Spring brings out all sorts - bunnies and hares abound ... wonderful shots of the art works ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Spring does indeed bring out lots of things but we are (or should be) in Autumn here. The festival has been a delight though. With more to come.

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  48. I am so connected to nature but love the mischievousness with rabbits! Great photos!

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: Thank you. It is a great festival.

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  49. ...and where I live? There are no rabbits!

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    1. Kelly Steel: No rabbits? I can't image living somewhere they don't thrive...

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  50. I love these rabbits! EC
    There is a happy buzz within fuzzy me,
    Its my wabbit DNA coursing through me with glee.

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    1. Spacerguy: They certainly made me smile. As did/does the whole festival. Love your wabbit DNA.

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  51. Well, Easter isn't far away so perhaps it was the Easter Bunny that put the idea into the heads of the organisers. And anyway, I'm rather fond of rabbits although I have never had a pet rabbit. But they are very sweet. Some rabbit prints in the snow in my back yard on many mornings.

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    1. Shammickite: It could be Easter which put it into their heads. They aren't precisely Easter bunnies though - particularly the ones on the Portrait Gallery.

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  52. What an interesting exhibit! I think themed ones can be so much more interesting.

    Appreciate you stopping by my blog for Hilary's interview, EC. Have a great week! :)

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    1. Karen Lange: Welcome and thank you. It is a lovely festival, but most of its themes relate to colour, light and vibrancy. With some quirkiness thrown in. This is the first year I have noticed a 'sub-theme', and I wonder what I have missed in other years.

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  53. What a fun theme and fun festival!

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  54. A fantastic light show and fun looking to find all the Rabbits. I do hope you go to the see the balloons. I would love to go up in one of the hit air balloons some day.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: There is more to come from Enlighten and I do intend to go to the balloon launch. Depending on the weather I may have to go a couple of times to be certain that they will fly - but seeing it is an annual treat.

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  55. Love this - I like rabbits. One of my book club ladies came by one day - I gave her my exercise bike and we carried it out of my bedroom. She said, "I love your rabbit collection." I hadn't really thought of how many I had until she said that. :)

    Those inflated bunnies are awesome!

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    1. Lynn: I have collections like that too. It wasn't until I started taking photos of them that I realised how many fish I have. The cats I knew about, but the fish came as a surprise.
      And yes, the inflated bunnies were amazing. And HUGE.

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  56. Those rabbits look quite ready for Easter...

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    1. John Wiswell: At least something is ready for Easter. This year is galloping away from me.

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  57. I am really curious about the rationale for the rabbits. If you find out could you let us know?

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    1. Kim: There has been absolutely no mention of any of the rabbits other than the giant ones. To the extent I am wondering whether anyone else noticed... If I find out, I will let you know.

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  58. How odd. You are super observant! And thank you

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    1. Kim: I went back tonight and asked at two of the information booths. At one, I was told that there weren't rabbits on every building. Wrong. And at the other one I was told it was an amazing coincidence. Which I don't believe. Five separate organisations just decided out of the blue to put rabbits on their illuminated wall?

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  59. March madness and rabbits...hare...hares.

    The first and the third made me laugh!

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): Rabbits as they are rarely portrayed...

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  60. What a FUN festival! And it looks like some people had a lot of fun planning it so all of those rabbits could pop up all over the place. (Well, they DO multiply quite handily...)

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    1. Susan: It is fun - I look forward to it every year.

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  61. Looks like fun! So glad we will get to see more pictures from the event. You are right- lots of rabbits for sure. Isn't it amazing when you notice something, like the rabbits, and then you see them everywhere! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Oh there will be more photos. Probably more than any one (except me) can cope with.

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  62. A thought...I think the people organising the entire affair *know* about the rabbits but love people's reaction...

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): Perhaps - but I haven't heard anyone else reacting to them...

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  63. Protests by religious people regarding rabbits withe breasts on their chests and so forth would be intense here.

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    1. Snowbrush: Our religious people are on the whole not protesters. Even outside the family planning clinic in town (which also performs abortions) they only congregrate in small groups and their protest is to pray. And the local government is trying to ban that. And will probably succeed in the ban.

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    2. “Even outside the family planning clinic in town (which also performs abortions) they only congregrate in small groups and their protest is to pray. And the local government is trying to ban that.”

      Why would they ban that? I really don’t get it from the standpoint of civil liberties, which is something that I thought Australia was keen on, what with you having so recently been a rugged, pioneer, individualistic people…Without knowing more, I suppose I would see such a ban as just another example of political correctness run amuck. Trump’s support is largely in reaction to just that kind of mentality. The greater the extreme, the greater the blowback.

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    3. Snowbrush: It is a very long time since we have been rugged individualists. I understand that the prayers and those making them are sometimes fairly aggressive about pointing out the 'error of people's ways' but don't know any more.

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    4. “It is a very long time since we have been rugged individualists.”

      That’s not your image here. I was buying wine today and wondered if you knew that Australian wine is very popular in America. I also wondered if you knew that Australian accents are often heard here in advertising. Maybe they’re more believable, as in, “Surely, no one would travel all the way from Australia to lie to Americans,” or maybe because your image is one of people who are independent and pull no punches.

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    5. Snowbrush: Interesting that our wine is popular. Some I think is very good, but we also have some which are definitely of the lie down and avoid class. I suspect the independent and pull no punches myth accounts for the use of our accents. It is partly true, but becoming less so all the time I think.

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    6. Oregon is a major wine producer, so it seems odd to import wine all the way from Australia. I buy it because it's what my friends, Kurt and Jackie, like. I'm not a connoisseur of wine--and they're not either--but they know what they like, and it wasn't what I was bringing to their house, so when they requested that, when I came to their house, I bring wine of their choosing rather than mine, I was glad in a way because I have no confidence in choosing wine, and a completely unwillingness to pay even a moderately high price for wine. Their request was for Yellowtail, which is often on sale for $10 for 1.5 liter. They like the wine, and I like the price and the wine, so we're all happy.

      Bummer about no hummingbirds. Oregon has them, but they're not beautiful like the ones in Mississippi. Oregon doesn't have cardinals, a beautiful all-red bird that lived in MIssissippi.

      "I suspect the independent and pull no punches myth accounts for the use of our accents."

      An image encouraged by Crocodile Dundee, Crocodile Hunter, the use of the word "mate," documentaries about the outback, aborigines, fearsome snakes, dingos eating babies, kangaroos hopping about all over the place, and so on.

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    7. Snowbrush: I drink Yellowtail Merlot myself. I hadn't realised that it has a big export market - never thought about it.
      'Mate' is a word I rarely hear, though I suspect sports fans and aficonados might make more use of it. The snakes we have though here in the city I don't often see them. The kangaroos we have, in the country and in my city. Dingos are much more rare (and I doubt that babies are their preferred diet). Many of our urban dwellers don't have 'much' of an accent either. Myths everywhere.

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    8. “The kangaroos we have, in the country and in my city.”

      I know all about the fear you live in knowing that if you forget to look both ways before going out your front-door a fast moving 750-pound kangaroo might run smack over you and laugh about it. I’ve also seen films of kangaroos beating the crap out of grown men, and I’ve heard about Australian mothers putting dingoes into their three year old sons’ sleeping bags, and zipping them up, this as a measure of manly fitness. (I had a blue heeler once, and that was near enough to having a dingo for me.)

      “Dingos are much more rare (and I doubt that babies are their preferred diet).”

      Obviously you’re not sure. I would love to come and stay at your house for several months (you wouldn’t mind cooking a vegetarian diet for me, I’m sure), but I don’t know if I could carry enough guns on the plane to feel safe, and I’m quite certain that I wouldn’t be taking no babies with me, which wouldn’t be too hard since I have no babies, and no one would trust me with their baby—something about emotional instability by some accounts, and just plain old nuttiness by others.

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    9. Snowbrush: Since I am also vegetarian your diet is not a problem. No babies here either, but perhaps we could 'borrow' my next door neighbours latest addition to her flock.

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