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Perhaps It’s Not Your Most Flattering Look

One of the things I really love about photographing cats is their unpredictability. They can go from nervous to calm faster than your top flash sync speed, but more often it’s the other direction they’re traveling. Cats – at least house cats, anyway – tend to flick their tongues in and out quite a bit when they are nervous. Often it is this action that lets me know I need to spend more time with the animal, ensuring we are comfortable together so I can get the shot I want.

As a result of my volunteer work photographing cats for the Humane Society of Utah, I have dozens of photos of cats with their tongues sticking out. I’m thinking that one day I’ll create a rather large collage out of them.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/2.8, 50 mm

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Left Behind

Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and
sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
– John Betjeman

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 6 sec at f/22, 35 mm

This post is in honor of my grandmother, who passed away yesterday at the age of 99. She was an amazing woman, living on her own and keeping socially active to the end. We were very close; I will miss her and our phone calls and chats which, invariably, consisted of her complaining that she’d barely gotten out of the house that week although she’d been to craft club and church and out to lunch and …

I’ll never forget the time about 5 years ago I tried to encourage her to buy new curtains for her living room. The ones that had hung there since the early 70’s were finally, visibly, falling apart. She looked at me and reminded me that formal drapes were expensive and she needed to save her money for when she got old. THAT’s the spirit that kept her going and that I hope I inherited.

She was so looking forward to turning 100 in November; she’d been talking about it since the day she turned 99. She’d tell anyone and everyone how old she was, after proudly asking them to guess her age for themselves. It’s okay, Granny; considering the life you lived and how close you came, we’ll just tell everyone you made it.

Sleep well until we embrace again. I love you.

Phyllis A. Mueller (aka “Granny”)
November 6, 1912 – July 2, 2012

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Coffee and a Peach

Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead
of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative
work instead of business, passion instead
of foolery, finds no home in this trivial
world of ours.

― Hermann Hesse

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 2 sec at f/22, 35 mm

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The Sick Rose

O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
– William Blake

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/125 sec at f/1.8, 35 mm

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Lagerstroemia

One of my favorite southern trees or shrubs is the crepe (or crape) myrtle. Though people can’t seem to agree on the spelling, most do agree that it’s a beautiful sight when loaded with it’s delicate blooms.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, 35 mm

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“I love you, Granny.”

Alone With The Moon

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/200 sec. at f/5.3, 105 mm

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Pest Control Required

 “Life is like a rose garden – Watch for the thorns
and keep the pest dust handy.”

– Unknown

Nikon D300, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec. at f/6.3, 50 mm

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