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Fast Asleep

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I ran across this photograph awhile back of Tiger, a cat that was in the family between 1974 and 1985.

She was fast asleep on the bed at the home of my parents when I created this image. It was probably during the early 1980s.

I  had an 11-by-17 print made of this photograph, but never framed it or placed it on display.

It was one of those situations in which you think an image would look good as an enlargement but once I made the enlargement I never took the next step.

I didn’t make many images of Tiger during her lifetime so now this image has taken on greater importance than when I had that enlargement made many years ago.


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August 28, 2017 at 7:29 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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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

Hello, My Name is Coco

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I was walking with my Dad on a trail near his home in a housing complex in Phoenix. The complex has  walking trails and Dad and I were out for a short walk.

He had to rest for a minute or two when a woman came along with her dog Coco.

My Dad and Coco are regulars on this trail so they knew each other. But it was my first time meeting him.

I thought he was kinda cute so I took his picture. I think he rather liked the attention he was getting.

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October 10, 2016 at 7:30 am

Sitting Pretty in the Afternoon

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There are times when I envy the life of a cat. It seems that much of their day is spent lying around napping and waiting for someone to feed them.

We got Suki in September 2014. She was a bit of a rescue project. She was the cat of a boy who was going away to college and his family was in the process of moving to another home.

They already had a house full of animals and Suki was being picked on by the other cats.

So we took her on and it didn’t take her too long to get settled in even if her first day was rough.

This is one of my favorite photographs that I’ve made of Suki. She is lying on the bed soaking up the afternoon sunlight coming in through a nearby window. It’s a cat’s life.

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October 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

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