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Please Keep Me, Too!

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We’ve been going through boxes in the attic and getting rid of stuff that we’ve had for years but no longer need. Truth be told maybe we didn’t need it years ago, but some things tend to get saved because the time isn’t right to part with it.

A couple days ago another couple of boxes made their way down from the attic to my office. Next to them was an empty box that Mary Ann marked “Put stuff to keep in this box.”

It was late afternoon and neither of knew where Suki was. We were talking about something in my office when Mary Ann was surprised to see Suki sacked out in the empty “put stuff to keep” box.

Has a cat ever seen an empty box it didn’t want to get into?

Suki doesn’t often come into my office. But somehow she found the “put stuff to keep box” and made herself at home.

Mary Ann started laughing and went to get her smart phone. The image was too much to resist.

I’m sure it was pure coincidence that Suki got into this box. After all, cats can’t read, right?

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June 14, 2017 at 6:52 am

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He Hardly Moved All Day

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During a visit to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum last October I was hoping to make photographs of an ocelot moving around in his grotto.

But the temperature that day was in the 90s and the ocelot didn’t feel like doing anything but sleeping. I can’t say I blame him.

I returned to the wildcat exhibit three times throughout the day and ocelot had barely moved. This was the best I was image I was able to make.

The lesson I took away from this is that I need to visit the museum on a cooler day.

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June 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

Gathering of the Gulls

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Where there are large bodies of water there will be gulls. Every park along Lake Erie has gulls. The birds seem to have little fear of people on the beaches.

Sure the gulls might fly away if a group of people approaches, but you can get amazingly close to some gulls on the beach in a public park.

Gulls do not always just hang out at the beach. Shown above are stone breakwaters off the shore of Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania.

On this day, few people were on the beach because it was a weekday in late August.

Nonetheless the gulls were hanging out on the breakwaters as though they were attending a meeting. I wonder what they talk about out there.

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May 26, 2017 at 4:39 am

Buzzing Around for a Photograph

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My objective was to photograph this flowering tree in full bloom. But as I zoomed in on the flowers, I noticed a couple of bees buzzing around, collecting pollen.

That might make a good photograph, I thought. It would have if the bees would only sit still for a few seconds.

But they didn’t. They flew around all over the place, darting here and there in and out of the shadows.

It was difficult to follow and focus on them. I tried the auto focus feature of my camera and I tried focusing manually. I was using a zoom lens so I was back from the tree a short distance.

The bee in this image is not as sharp as I’d like. There must be a trick to doing this. Perhaps I don’t have the right equipment and/or enough experience.

Nonetheless, I liked, overall, how this image turned out with the composition and lighting. At least the blooms stayed in one place as I was photographing.

Curled up on the End of the Roll

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Back in the days when I used to make photographs on slide film I would often come home from a photo expedition with two, three or four frames left on the roll of film in my camera.

I wanted to take the film in right away to be developed but didn’t want to waste the unexposed frames.

My go-to subject matter for using up the rest of the roll was our cat Chessie. As cats are want to do, she was often napping somewhere in the house.

I would find her and make a few images to finish off the roll of film.

Such was the case with this image made in May 2009 when she was curled up in a ball on our bed.

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March 28, 2017 at 5:30 am

Afternoon Sunlight Stripes

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Our cat Suki likes to nap on the corner of the bed closest to a window facing south. In the afternoon  on sunny day, the sunlight streaks through the window, illuminating this corner of the bed.

Suki often finds that sunlight and sacks out for a long nap. The stripes on the bed are caused by the blinds in the window.

I don’t know why Suki is hanging over the edge of the bed. I wouldn’t think that would be comfortable, but cats don’t think the way that I do.

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March 6, 2017 at 8:11 am

Nothing Like Sitting in a Laundry Basket

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Our cat Suki likes laundry baskets filled with clothes. Much of the time she likes to get into a basket of clean clothes, but dirty clothes are fine, too.

We made the mistake of leaving a closet door open and it didn’t take Suki long to find the basket of clothes kept there and to stake it out for a long afternoon nap.

She doesn’t seem to pleased to have her picture taken or being disturbed.

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February 24, 2017 at 6:38 am