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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

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

The Cat I Really Came to See

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Not long ago I posted a couple of photographs of a pair of bobcats at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. I noted in that post that the cat canyon is one of my favorite exhibits at the museum near Tucson.

But the wildcats were not necessarily the kitties that I really wanted to see.

The cat I coveted was an ocelot. It can be found in the Sonora Desert, but there probably are not many of them in Arizona.

On its website, the museum reports that although ocelots have been documented in Arizona, the state is the northern limit of their range. An endangered species, the loss of habitat may limit how many there are in Arizona.

On the day that I visited the museum’s cat canyon, the ocelot was barely visible. I used my longest focal length lens to make the image that accompanies this post.

I was hoping that the ocelot would get up and move around so I could get better photographs of it. But despite three visits to the cat canyon during my time at the museum I had no such luck. This was as good as I got. Maybe next time.

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January 31, 2017 at 8:36 am

Let Sleeping Cats Lie

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At last one of the wildcats is awake and doing something.

Earlier, both of the cats were sound asleep with their backs toward the visitors who came to see them.

Earlier, both of the cats were sound asleep with their backs toward the visitors who came to see them.

We had scarcely bought out tickets and walked through the front gate of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona, when we made a beeline for the cat’s grotto.

It is one of our favorite displays at the museum, if not the favorite. I had visions of getting some “killer” images of the cats.

But cats are not the most cooperative animals. They spend much of their day sleeping, particularly in warm weather. And despite it being mid October, it the temperature was in the 90s during our visit to the museum.

The museum has two wildcats, but both were sacked out on a ledge doing what cats do. Wildcats are more active at night or when the weather is cooler.

It had to come back twice, but I finally was able to get a photograph of one of the wildcats awake and alert, although still just sitting on the ledge.

It wasn’t quite what I wanted, but at least I got one of the kitties doing something. I never did see the mountain lion that the museum has.