the little bird

when we went to saugatuck last year we stopped at tabor hill winery. we had a lovely lunch and then went out in the vineyards to shoot a few shots. there was this little bird out there singing a song. it was such a sweet song. i’m not sure if it was a lost baby or what but it was really unusual. how it just stayed and sang.

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a little friend sings us a song

Kitty Fort

There were several weeks that went by. The boxes came and came. Some were really sturdy, some not. The good ones we kept. Just spread them around. Lizzy and Pixel loved it. The girls. Kitties. Three years old this spring. Equal in their constitutions and intentions. The boxes were enjoyed for a couple of weeks and just when we thought it was time to let them go, we got a couple more substantial ones. Something had to be done. I cut holes, taped together, reinforced and joined. We had a kitty fort. What fun.

Lizzy and Pixel on their fort
Lizzy and Pixel on their fort

My Sweet Felix

We have 4 cats. 2 younger girls, one older boy and one old man. Felix is the brother of my daughter’s two girl cats. We had their mommy for a while. Zoe. She was so neat. Abandoned by my mom’s neighbors when they moved away. Pregnant. Had to have a c-section for the babies. And they were all way bigger than her. Almost maine coons. Felix is the biggest. He stayed with his mommy for about 7 years. We miss her so much.

Sweet Felix. Interesting cat.
Sweet Felix. Interesting cat.

A Very Cool Dog

Yesterday I met some friends at the Ale Emporium to wish a friend who is moving goodbye. When we went in the front door, there in the entrance, was a dog. She stayed there most of the night. Even after 100’s of people were there. She just watched and listened. Right before I left I went out to pet her. She loved it. Then we played with her ball a little too. She really seemed wise. Had a look in her eye like a person. I asked one of the regulars about her. Some of it I understood and some not. It was evidently the restaurant owner’s dog. It was a girl and it had the most interesting name taken from biblical history. Wish I could remember it. I got quite a story. Very surreal. 

 

What An Interesting Face
 
 
I’m Getting Sleepy
 
 
Just Chillin
 

Eyes In The Window

Pixel and Lizzy love the garden window. There is always so much to see. Or maybe it just feels good to nap in the sun. Let the world go by. I love capturing their different expressions. Here is one of my favorites of Pixel. So serious, so attentive. Intense!

Pixel is very attentive.
Pixel is very attentive.

Ocotopus by the Salt Lamp

As I stated earlier, I have dictated today MUST be a slow and easy day. My constitution demands, requires it. I am allowing myself to follow my whims. To stop so I can observe the world within and out. As I finished my last blog post and was perhaps going to get up and move to the next thing I looked at Lizzy napping by the salt lamp. Hung over my laptop and across the side of my desk, the extended legs, tail and head made me think of a tangled mess of octopus. Dark and reaching out everywhere. I knew this shot would be a good candidate for grunge, lots of color and mood. Unlike food shots which have to be rather straight on the processing side. I pumped it up and then threw on a filter. I love the result. It’s exactly like what it made me see when I first looked at her and the composition just jumped out at me.

Turned sideways is an interesting perspective. Those long octopus tentacles hanging down.
Turned sideways is an interesting perspective. Those long octopus tentacles hanging down.
Lizzy is an octopus.
Lizzy is an octopus.