Daily Photo: Backyard Panther

The backyard panther watches you.
The backyard panther watches you.

Mimi is watching.

I don’t know if she realizes how interesting her poses are when she does something like this, but I have several that are really unique, looking right at me through some greenery in the yard. I could only find her to take the photo because I knew she was there. Below she watches something interesting in the greenery.

Observing
Observing

And, just for context, here is the whole scene. This side yard is just celebrating the amount of sun it gets since the tree is gone. This is the second year and all my groundcovers are trying to compete with each other. Mimi is the black shape in the center. Behind her the gate is open, and next to her I still don’t have a fence back up. But everything is growing enthusiastically.

Stalking
Stalking

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I was pretty quiet over the weekend with the spaghetti dinner, but now I’m back up to it again. From last Saturday…

Up in the treehouse on a dark drizzly morning.

Up in the treehouse.
Up in the treehouse.

And from today…

When we put our heads together…we have a good nap. Because, you know, there is only one basket in the entire house, and the brothers must sleep in a heap.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Mimi and Me, 2017
Mimi and Me
Mimi and Me

We had a little walk out in the yard, and I love to photograph her with my feet or my skirt or my shoes, depending on the season, as she rubs on my legs and purrs, so happy.

I don’t get out into the yard much at the moment, or even outside in general. I am glad when Mimi insists we go outdoors. Once we’re out there I’m in the wonderland again and we both enjoy our time. Photographing things out there and sometimes transplanting things or cutting wildflowers for a vase give me a physical and creative break I need.

Below, two of the things we found in the back yard. Tiny chickweed flowers are about 3/16″ wide and look like little stars. As I photographed them I saw the even tinier spotted beetle. This miniscule world, if you weren’t looking you wouldn’t see it, but it is very real for the flowers and insects that inhabit it. And fleabane, for some reason one of my favorite spring flowers, its thread-like petals looking like a brush and that raised central disk that looks like a piece of lemon candy, the whole thing at most 1/2″ wide.

And there were so many fleabane flowers that I decided they’d make a nice bouquet for this week for the vase by the front door.

Welcome Kitty with fleabane.
Welcome Kitty with fleabane.

Later, I was still working on some framing and making more stuff for the weekend pet expo while six black cats got their beauty sleep in the next room.

Afternoon Nap
Afternoon Nap

Hamlet was my supervisor, but I caught him sleeping on the job. Who knows what I’ll get into without adequate feline supurrvision?

Hamlet, sleeping on the job.
Hamlet, sleeping on the job.

Sunshine and Giuseppe decided they could sleep on the job too. Hamlet is always courteous to his elders and concedes his five-day box.

The boys and Hamlet.
The boys and Hamlet.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Hamlet Reflecting, 2016
Hamlet Reflecting.
Hamlet Reflecting.

Hamlet reflects in the mirror, an elegant pose.

He’s looking at me, in the mirror. I’ve found him resting up here a few times and this was the first time I was able to get a photo. He is still uneasy about the big black eye of the DSLR staring at him so I try to catch him first with my phone. As soon as he saw the big camera come up, he was out of there. But at least I have the camera phone photo of him. He’s making progress!

And I here is one from yesterday.

Getting to Know You

"Getting to know you."
“Getting to know you.”

Ophelia sniffs around with Bella. This is after Hamlet chased Bella around the house a few times, and he was actually in the box with her, all three kind of milling around. They still move quickly and I can’t always get the photo I want. Earlier Basil quietly followed Hamlet and they both came up from the basement at the same time and ended up in the same box just standing there. The camera came out and Hamlet was out of there. Eventually, they will settle down.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Daily Photo: The Outside Is Right There! 2015
Four at the door!
Four at the door!

We’ve had the windows open for the past few weeks, but it was so hot this weekend that the doors had to get their screens a little early and open the basement door, which consists of taking off layers of duct tape. It’s all worth the effort to be able to have all the air flow, and for the fine felines to have closer access to their entertainment. Above it’s Mewsette, Jelly Bean, Mimi and Bella, who was a little scared of the door at first!

It started with the girls, Mewsette and Mimi, who took their accustomed places on the doorstep and just spent some time smelling the morning.

It begins with two, Mewsette and Mimi...
It begins with two, Mewsette and Mimi…

Then Jelly Bean joined them, and of course that space in between them was meant for him.

Then Mr. Sunshine joins them...
Then Mr. Sunshine joins them…

Bella was a little overwhelmed by all the open doors. The windows are above the ground and she’s looked out into the air and the lilac and spruce and maple, but these doors…the outside was RIGHT THERE, and there were even chittering little critters that ran back and forth! It was almost too much, she felt like she was back outside again and she wasn’t sure she liked that! She sat about five feet back from the basment door, but she trusted Mimi and Bean and Mewsette, and eventually came up to join them.

Bella joins in...
Bella joins in…

Mimi suggests I open the door. I don’t thing so baby.

You're going to open the door right? Mimi is hard to refuse...but I did.
You’re going to open the door right? Mimi is hard to refuse…but I did.

Later Basil and Bella went to the basement door together. Basil was pretty excited and once he was accustomed to it climbed the door repeatedly. I mean: repeatedly. Bella still hung back but went back and forth to the door. The mess on the floor is from carrying my geraniums out from the corner of the basement. I was too busy to sweep up.

Basil and Bella were a little scared because the outside was RIGHT THERE!
Basil and Bella were a little scared because the outside was RIGHT THERE!

And then there was the front door! Sunshine, Giuseppe, Basil and Mimi line up to watch chipmunk races. Bean isn’t sure he’s got it right…

Five at the front door! Sort of.
Five at the front door! Sort of.

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Charm’s favorite way to nurse, lying on my feet. Every mom can use a little moral support! Kittens in order are Splash, Higgins, Crayola, Zorro and Blondie.

Charm's favorite way to nurse.
Charm’s favorite way to nurse.

Mimi is having a nice easy Mother’s Day. Charm is chilling in the sink, where her kittens can’t reach her for a while.

Mimi has a nice easy Mother's Day.
Mimi has a nice easy Mother’s Day.
Charm tries to have a nice easy Mother's Day.
Charm tries to have a nice easy Mother’s Day.

“In my own little corner…” I can barely get a soap dish to balance there but little Zorro fits purr-fectly. And it’s nice and cool!

Zorro in her own little corner.
Zorro in her own little corner.
What do you want?
What do you want?
Time for a toe stretch.
Time for a toe stretch.

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Daily Photo: Mewsette’s Secret to the Greenest Eyes, 2014
black cat with green eyes
Mewsette’s secret to the greenest eyes…

Mewsette has green green eyes already, but she is prepared to share one of her deepest secrets for the greenest eyes on any kitty.

“Sit next to the asparagus fern when the sun is shining on it,” she whispurrrs, “no one will be able to believe the color!”

We’ve enjoyed nearly a week of sunny days, and hop you have too!

A reader reminded me after I posted this that Cookie and Kelly had also had secrets to the greenest eyes, and here they are too—just in case you need to have the greenest eyes!

The Secret to Kelly’s Green Eyes, 2011
tortoiseshell cat with green paint water
Here’s the closeup comparison!

 

“Cookie Has Parsley Eyes” from “Cookie Love, and Making Memories”, 2012

This photo won a Muse Medallion in the 2012 Cat Writers’ Association Contest.

tortie cat with parsley
Cookie has parsley eyes.

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Daily Photo: Small, Medium, Large and XL, 2014
Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large Black Cats
Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large Black Cats

Or maybe it’s Extra Small, Small, Medium, and Large. In any case, it’s Mimi, Bean, Sunshine and Mewsette sprawled on the bed.

Well, they’re really having an easy Saturday, especially once it started raining. Just a little spot of sun shone through after a thunderstorm but nothing got these four moving.

 

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Can We Just Go to Bed Now?, 2013
black cat in box with art materials
Mimi actually looks a little cranky in her supervisor’s box.

You don’t really need to paint all those boxes behind me tonight, do you?

I’ve had a very long week supervising you and I need my beauty rest.

Can we just go to bed now?

You’re right, Mimi, we have had a number of late nights this week, and you don’t even look happy in your supervisor’s box. But I just need a little time to get the first coat on these boxes….

It is quite late and we had a huge storm this afternoon, so first thing tomorrow morning Mimi and I will have to inspect the neighbor’s maple tree which is lying across our yard. We are glad that the tall old tree fell where no one was hurt, and we will report from the back yard tomorrow.

And Mimi has never had a cranky moment in her life, no matter what I hand her.

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Big Yawn, 2011
black cat yawning
A big, sunny yawn.

Not as pretty as yesterday’s photo, but Mewsette does have wonderful yawns!

By the way, I did catch Mewsette in a big yawn during the photography stakeout last Thursday. (I looked back through my photos from April and May 2011 and I have no idea what I meant by that!)

Hope you had a great day, though!

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Your Package is in Good…Paws, 2011
tortoiseshell cat on boxes
The goods are safe with me.

Ever my assistant and constant companion, Cookie.

This is a big box of printed materials plus a smaller box to be delivered to a customer.

On top of the stack is Cookie.

No one would dare attempt to touch anything in the boxes with a tortoiseshell cat en garde.

Cookie took this role upon herself as she has for most of her life, being a working kitty. She is happy to provide assistance during my workday. She is also 19 and was very pleased with herself at climbing up and up and up onto the boxes on her own—or, well, I was glad to see that she can still do this while she had no doubt.

t nothing got these four moving.


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For several years before moving in with me, Mimi “belonged” to a neighbor who would not spay her and she had six litters of kittens. She hunted for food for her kittens, and my yard was her territory. Now that she’s a pampered princess she still likes to indulge now and then, just to keep in shape, though she is on a leash when she is outdoors with me. You can find these photos in my gallery of Feline Photos.


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