Cooper and I trek across the prairie at a brisk pace. Our enthusiasm belies the palpable humidity and 72ºF morning airs. Soon rivulets of sweat run their cool fingers across my brow and cheeks. Cooper spots a Black-tailed Jackrabbit on the trail ahead. The five-pound Llano Estacado speedster pauses, ears raised, then launches its escape maneuvers into a green tableland of thigh-high grasses, scattered chain link cacti, and silver sage. Cooper cannot resist and dives into the chaparral. He soon loses sight of the elusive lagomorph and launches into the air every few paces to draw a bead on his quarry. His jumps remind me of African Springbok showing off to potential mates or trying to intimidate pursuing predators. Chalk up another skirmish to the rabbit team.
After the chase Cooper heads to the shade of a lone Siberian Elm. I willingly join the respite.
- © Ilija Lukić 2013 -
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