Thursday, December 21, 2006



Blogger micki said...

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Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
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Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens
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Well, I’ve put off posting this shot long enough. Actually, it wasn’t all my fault. Our cat is very skittish around my camera equipment, especially the tripod. There is one very large exception to the rule. While she is totally freaked out when I come at her with the 105mm on and when I walk past her just carrying my tripod all closed up, when I set the camera, mounted with the 105mm, onto the tripod to shoot macros with long exposures, she starts rubbing against the tripod legs. Weird cat. But I’m so glad she chose us to live with.

My husband and I had a couple of cats for a few years, but after our oldest turned one, and we moved into our first house, we gave them away. I didn’t want to deal with pets and kids. Now, fourteen years later, this old gal, who we’ve seen walking through our yard since we moved here in the summer of 2001 has become “our cat.” She used to come into the yard and sleep in the driveway every morning. She never seemed to hear me coming along when I was out running my laps, and would take off as I got very close and I wouldn’t see much of her the rest of the day. Then one day in late September of this year, she came up on the porch and started hanging out. My youngest daughter would take her school work out there and do it on the picnic table while the cat slept on the bench next to her. The kid started begging me to feed the cat, but I said no. So she started giving it crackers, milk, and cheese behind my back. Then one day it was so cold and rain was coming. I gave her a can of tuna. Then my daughter set up an old towel for the cat to sleep on at night. And sure enough, this little gal starts showing up every night to sleep on the towel. She’d take off in the morning to go hunting and sit with my daughter all afternoon while she did her school work. Next thing you know, I’m feeding it dinner every day, then breakfast as well. Now she has a box with an old pillow in it on our covered front porch. There’s a double box set up (kind of like dog house) next to the little box for those really cold nights. A cat that used to have to fend for herself and was as wild as can be, now spends most of her days sleeping on her pillow or out in the yard in the sun. She even sits at the door yelling at me if I forget to feed her in the morning. I love her and I’m very glad she’s part of the family. (She’s not coming in the house, though.) Did I mention the time she chased the skunk away from me? She’s a good guard cat, too.

Btw, I took this shot with a longer lens than the 105 and I didn’t use a tripod so she wouldn’t freak out. I would've like to gotten right at her eye level, but she just won't put up with that.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Cool cat.

I have had up to 7 cats at one time, all different and individuals the lot. They choose you, not you them for sure.. No cats currently, but one day maybe..
Nice shot Micki

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, that is such a nice story to tell. What a cute kitty cat. It's nice that you took her in out of the kindness of your heart. I know that if I'm ever starving that I can come and lay in your driveway and get a good meal and a place to sleep on your porch, next to the cat. I'll need more than one towel, though!

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Taswir said...

Very nice shot, she looks kind'a anrgy :)

10:08 AM  
Blogger Don said...

She does look a bit serious. Her colors make her blend in with her environment rather well. Nice to hear she has a new home. Now if it gets really cold...super will let her stay in the house won't you?

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Micki, most evil looking cat I have seen in a while, ofcourse me like her, me love the tones of this shot and the way the cat has been framed, now cats they know how to warm there way into your hearts, take Jazz for instance, he trying soo hard to warm himself into me heart (and failing) just stalks me all over the house driving me up the wall... darn cat LOL


11:23 AM  
Anonymous sinem said...

Aaaaw, what a lovely tortie girl, Micki. I say, give her some more time to crawl right under your skin. When Jazz first joined our household, Suby put his foot down and announced he was allowed anywhere in the house but the bedroom. Eight month on, he now opens the door to the bedroom to find Jazz curled up on the bed, only to shoo him away in mock anger. Cats have a way of adopting us and changing our ways despite ourselves!

11:28 AM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice story about her...she is a great lovely cat...great portrait shot of yr cat...look at her yellow eyes:-))

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Interesting read, she does not look pleased though :)

12:36 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Great car saga, Micki. I don't have any pets now but do know how they can worm themselves into our hearts.
Glad you could snap a picture of her without freaking out.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Awwww...Mrow!!! So cute!

That cat definitely appears to have cattitude! Lovely shot.

I have a meezer with (siamese) with cattitude and we love her so much and she loves us too. I've had several meezers in my years and some other breeds and have adored them all, except one that was just a really miserable nasty critter, but we tolerated her evil bad cattitude for almost 20 years.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

That’s a lovely cat and a heartwarming story accompaniment. As someone else has said, it is the cat that makes the choices, not us . . You are her critter for sure.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Awwww sooooo cute! Cat's are so lovable, soft, furry, and insane :D

3:28 PM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Whoa, that is one annoyed looking cat.

Maybe the mice escaped again?

3:53 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

great story as the expression

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Lovely cat's story.

You're very kind with the pets.
Pets are our friends Micky.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Micki you did post this one for me.. the ultimate fan of felines!You are giving me..err..Paisley competion with this beautiful photo of YOUR please?
I love your story how this cat ~*chose you to be her family*~
hugs NG

7:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

And what a pretty kitty she is! Our 17 year old cat passed away last year and we really miss him.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I love it! She has that are you about done yet look on her face! Mine get that when I start trying to photograph them LOL

I love it when animals pick us! I know who to go to!

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Doug said...

She definitely looks like she has attitude. Very nice portrait of her.

We are a three cat family including a 17 y.o. kitty I've had since college. She's pretty frail now, but still gets around.

3:38 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

She doesn't look at all pleased, really. :)

4:13 AM  
Blogger Alfred said...

I`ve got two six month old cats, and they are totally crazy. They rest for about ten minutes every day, and then they`re fully charged. I look forward to bring in the christmas-tree.

Happy holidays, Micki!

5:01 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

As a cat fan, I really like the shot. I keep saying I need to take more photos of my cat, so maybe I should start!

1:54 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

A beautiful story of your adoption by this feline friend - such wisdom in her expression!

8:46 AM  

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