January 26, 2007

Tough Kitty

alley cat

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens at 75mm, f/5, 1/250 sec., iso 200. Burano, Italy. It's been a while since I posted a gratuitous cat photo. This little guy isn't as tough as he looks. Seconds after the capture, he was purring in my hands. Cats have a tendency to come running to be petted as soon as they see you getting close to the ground. This is perhaps the biggest challenge in cat photography. :)

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June 27, 2006

Cats of Burano

Burano Cat
Gold and Grey

Burano Cat
Corner Cat

Historically, cats have enjoyed a special status as the protectors of Venice against rats and plague. In Venice itself, we did not see as many strays as I was lead to expect. In Burano, however, there was an ample supply.

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March 8, 2005

Two of my favorite things



Today's post was brought to you by the letter "C."

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December 9, 2004

Cat Trouble

Photo courtesy of Visual Field.

My cat Frosty has been sick lately, and by doctor's orders we have the dreaded task of giving him his medicine every night until he gets better. At the vet's office I asked whether they had any trouble giving him his pill. "Oh no," came the response. "Not at all. Frosty is an absolute doll!" Uh, yeah right. Unless by doll they meant Chucky.

Last night when we tried to give Frosty his first pill at home, it was a 30-minute tangle of arms, legs, and fur. In the end, I had him wrapped in a towel and sat on him, while M pried open his mouth and threw the pill in. But not before Frosty managed to give M several scratch wounds on the hand. The final score: us-1, Frosty-4.

I'm not looking forward to round 2 tonight.

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November 9, 2004


I'm pretty much a crazed cat person, and it's dangerous to mention them in my company, because I can go on and on about them for hours. I told myself I wouldn't turn this blog into a pet album, but at the risk of opening the flood gates, I wanted to show off the boys just this once. Neither of these were taken by me, but by Visual Field, whom I think takes lovely animal pictures because he has the patience to sit and wait for just the right moment.





Incidentally, I came across a lovely picture of stef and rollo's cat over at hypnotic aubergines, who I think looks just like Snow.

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November 2, 2004

La Jolla, California

I just got back from a short trip to the San Diego area, where the weather was clear and sunny, and I got to play with my camera while my fiance was stuck at a conference. The next couple of entries here will be from this trip.

It’s a funny thing how the world can look so different when you’ve got a camera in your hands. It can sometimes make you notice things you wouldn't normally see, but I also wonder if it can dull certain experiences that you might otherwise appreciate. For instance, while I was on the beach in La Jolla, the other tourists were busy gazing out at the ocean. I also thought the ocean was pretty but quickly lost interest before letting my eyes wander elsewhere. Through the lens at that time of day, the beach just looked…blah. So, I went to the ocean, and hardly paid any attention to it.

I did, however, take a picture of some pelicans.


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October 27, 2004

Pensive Koala

I really fell in love with these cuddly looking critters this summer (although they're not quite as friendly as they appear). Of all my koala shots, the following is my favorite. The little guy had his chin resting thoughtfully on his hands and looked as if he was busy pondering the meaning of life. I thought he looked statuesque..."the thinker koala."


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