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In a Square Spotlight

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Suki seems to have figured which way the sun moves and comes in our bedroom windows. In late morning to early afternoon, it comes through the window and onto the floor, making a square-shaped pattern in the process. In another hour or so it will be illuminating a corner of the bed and Suki will have moved to there to spend her afternoon hours soaking it up while napping.

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It’s a Dog’s Life

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There are times when I envy the lives that our pets lead. I particularly think that when I see our cat lying in the sun during the afternoon without a care in the world.

But we’re humans and not animals and our friends from the animal world provide us with hours of pleasure, including sometimes being envious of the lives they lead.

Shown is a dog belonging to a couple who were on the Main Street beach in Vermilion, Ohio, last September. They had their dog out with them and the guy was playing the “fetch the ball” game.

Of course the dog had to take a dip in Lake Erie.

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December 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

Sun Worshipper

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Suki has an afternoon routine. She stretches out on a corner of the bed and soaks up the sunlight coming in through a window facing south. She might even get on the floor and lay in the sunlight. In this image, she appears to be placing her arms and paws toward the sun as though engaging in a worshiping ritual.

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November 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

Acting Like a Greyhound

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I was at the Main Street beach in Vermilion, Ohio, about the same time as a couple who had brought their dog out to get some excercise. The guy was throwing a tennis ball that the dog would dutifully fetch.

I had my camera with me and sought to make images of the dog fetching, which provided harder to do than it seemed because he was moving so fast and darting all over the place.

In this image, his profile reminded me a bit of the greyhound on the bus company logo. The dog is closing in on the tennis ball.

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November 8, 2017 at 10:33 am

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