When you’re an indoor cat, screen-side on the windowsill is prime real estate.
I like wandering the trails… you never know who you’ll run into.
If you’re following along, by now you know I’m most comfortable with shooting still life photos, featuring subjects that won’t cry, hide, or apply fake smiles in an effort to make me go away.
Our outing to the zoo today provided a good opportunity to practice with moving targets (other than the monkeys that live with me). My nature subjects are usually flowers or scenery (don’t move, don’t cry, etc.), so I tried to remember the guidelines for photographing animals, like keeping the eyes sharp, leaving room for movement, etc.
We had fun while learning. During live presentations, we watched an elephant named George use a paintbrush, and a parrot named Wasabi sing “O Canada” (two events I would’ve considered unlikely before today). But this wasn’t the circus of old… the organization values responsible and respectful care of their animals, and staff were sure to stress the need for public engagement and education in order to continue conservation efforts in the future.
I ended up with a lot of shots of the blurry and boring variety, but there were a few I liked. However, I just noticed that half the photos I chose to post here include a sleeping (or sleepy) animal. Does it count as a moving target if the subject is snoring, or about to snore?
Ah, well. Practice makes… progress.
It’s late, late, late – I’m off to do some snoring of my own 🙂
Somehow, in my stroll around town tonight, I wound up running into not one, but two tail-less cats.
One didn’t want to pose for me and promptly disappeared when I took a step in its direction, but the other was quite happy to lounge in front of aptly-worded caution tape while I made a photo.
This feline was too busy ignoring me to show off its tail-less rear end for the camera, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
My nosy, keyboard-stepping, cursor-chasing, screen-swatting (but lovable) friend.
This morning, the breeze was warm against my face as we walked to school. The birds flapped and fussed, the air carried a sweet, light scent (smelled like joy to me) and I DIDN’T EVEN NEED A JACKET.
In honour of this amazing spring day, I’ll share with you a few of the critters I “captured” during a recent hike. I’m guessing they’re just as excited as I am that spring has arrived.
I hope it’s beautiful wherever you are. Thanks, as always, for stopping by.
Funny things my cats do:
- play peek-a-boo in cardboard houses
- ask politely for my attention while I’m busy on the computer
- pretend pink pom-poms are elusive woodland creatures
- get spooked by their own reflection
*Inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting
“You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.”
~ Jane Pauley