“And how do you know that you’re mad?”
“To begin with,” said the Cat, “a dog’s not mad. You grant that?”
“I suppose so,” said Alice.
“Well then,” the Cat went on, “you see a dog growls when it’s angry, and wags its tail when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
“Cleo”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/4 at 200mm, 1/100th sec
“A cat’s New Year dream is mostly a bird! Don’t be like a cat; in the New Year, dream something that you have never dreamed! Target for new things!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
I’d like to wish all my readers a happy new year and much success in 2016!
Being the cat fanatic I am, I thought it only appropriate to start the year off with a cat-featuring blog post. Cali and Waffles are rescues that are grateful for better lives off the street and in forever homes in 2016.
“Cali”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/3.5 at 200mm, 1/100sec
“Waffles”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 200mm, 1/100sec
These are the faces of the homeless, condemned to a life of struggle by abandonment or the owner who does not spay or neuter their pet and keep it safely indoors. They live on the streets, searching for a small scrap or morsel to fill their empty stomachs wherever it may be found. Most people think of them as pests, failing to accept their own responsibility for the situation they’ve created and ignored. Most communities offer very inexpensive spay and neuter programs either through local animal services or non-profits; please don’t take on a pet if you can’t afford to care for it properly. And finally, if you are ready to share your life with a forever friend, don’t shop — adopt!
The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.
This little cutie is Cali; we rescued each other back in May. Cali spent the last several years living on the roof of an abandoned Mexican restaurant on the side of a busy highway. She has abrasions on her corneas of unknown origin, but it doesn’t seem to have impacted her vision too badly. She’s a munchkin calico; she has a normal sized body with short little legs. She hasn’t quite gotten used to the thing that clicks and makes a bright flash of light, but she’s learning…
“Cali”, Nikon D800, ISO 900, f/5.6 at 1/250 sec., 300 mm
Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.
Today I thought I’d share another desktop wallpaper. This one was designed to help spread the word about a very important and worthy organization that operations locally called “Spay the Strays”. This volunteer organization helps feed and care for feral cat colonies throughout Osceola County, including medical services, spaying, neutering, fostering and finding homes for rescued kittens and adoptable feral cats. If you’d like to help with something even as simple as a cat food donation, please visit their website or Facebook page.
You can download this free HD wallpaper by reverse-clicking the image and choosing “Save Image…”
This photo is a response to the Weekly Photo Challenge “texture” theme presented by the folks at The Daily Post. Cat fur (that still attached to a cat, specifically) is one of my favorite soft textures. I hope you like the photo.
“I’m Watching You”, Nikon D800, ISO 1000, f/5.6 at 1/200 sec., 85mm