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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

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

Last Horseback Ride Before Winter Sets In

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There is nothing that says you can’t ride a horse in the winter. Many people do it. But bitter cold temperatures and deep snow can be a challenge.

It is November and the snow has yet to fall in large quantities in Northeast Ohio. Mary Ann keeps shadow on a farm near Chardon, which likes to call itself the snow capital of Ohio.

About a week after this image was made, Chardon received 3 feet of snow.

But all that was in the future on this afternoon when Mary Ann worked out Shadow in the outdoor ring in what turned out to be her last ride of 2016.

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January 3, 2017 at 5:51 am

Would Someone Let Me Outta Here?

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As far as Fancy was concerned, there was no reason for her owner to drag her out of a pasture and lock her up in a stall in the middle of the day.

But thunderstorms were threatening the area and owner Todd Vander Sluis of Vermilion, Ohio, thought it best to put Fancy (registered name: I’m a Fancy Chip) and her stablemate in before the storm hit.

So all Fancy could do was look out from her stall. But tomorrow she would be turned back out again to graze and the storm would be past.

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December 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

Let’s Give Snoopy a Treat.

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He doesn’t look anything like the famous comic strip dog Snoopy. That dog is a beagle, but not this Snoopy.

This Snoopy lives in Saginaw, Michigan, and is owned by a college friend of my wife. We were visiting on our way to visit family members.

As we grilled steaks on a backyard grill, Snoopy kept hanging around. He knew what was going on. So Barbara gave him a small morsel and he seemed happy with it.

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November 29, 2016 at 6:25 am