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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

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.

Look, It’s an Alligator

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Timing is everything. It’s a bit of folk wisdom that can apply to many circumstances in life, including photography.

There is moment waiting to be captured on film or megapixels and in the blink of an eye it’s gone.

Such was the case with catching an alligator from the lounge car of an Amtrak train making its way out of New Orleans for Chicago.

A crew member had said that if we looked carefully, we might see an alligator. Sometimes, the engineer of the train would spot a gator and radio the crew to tell the passengers to be on the lookout.

That wasn’t how I found this alligator. I just sat attentively watching the swamp through which the train was passing and had my camera ready.

I don’t remember if I spotted the gator first or someone else did and said something. But I was ready because, you know, timing is everything.

Written by csanders429

December 15, 2016 at 8:14 am