I remember noticing the bunnies of Cannon Beach on my first visit to Oregon in 2011. With the photos I posted after our trip, I said “One of these will be our house, someday… And our house will have little black bunnies in the front yard.” I think I thought the domestic rabbits I saw hanging out around beachfront homes were an anomaly, but I learned with subsequent visits that they are an unexplained phenomenon – there are bunnies all over the town. Recently when I opened the browser on my work iPad, this article was suggested to me. Linked in it is this one, from October, offering only “Many years ago, someone released their pet bunnies at Cannon Beach” as an explanation. Whatever the reason for them, their existence is one of my favorite things. I know they’re a nuisance to many locals, but honestly that makes the whole thing more appealing to me, considering my fascination with the complicated relationship between humans and animals. I swear, I think about the Cannon Beach bunnies all the time, and how to make art about them.
Anyway, during Dan’s visit last month, we spent a day walking on Cannon Beach. When we left the beach to walk through town, I said I wanted to see some amount of bunnies, maybe 15. We lost count around 40, I think. It was a perfect day. I love the coast this time of year, I love the light on days like these, and I love wandering around quiet towns photographing, preferably animals. Can’t wait to do more of it next week, when we’re spending a night at the coast – a rare occasion – for New Year’s.