Daily Photo Reprise: Yard Panther, 2016

My little yard panther strolling about her territory.
My little yard panther strolling about her territory.

Goodness, isn’t she gorgeous? Those long hind legs of hers always give her a look of being on the prowl. Mimi is just about her happiest strolling around in the back yard, and today’s weather did not disappoint. In fact, it was so nice it was really hard to come back inside. The wildflowers are beginning to bloom and there are buds everywhere, and Mimi would add that everything smells! It just smells all over! It’s so exciting!

Below are two of the photos I took during the few moments I turned my camera from my princess. Periwinkle is deeply symbolic to many cultures and in many ways, from its calming color to its unifying shape and its perennial, evergreen habit, a symbol of eternity and of being, of life force; it is a harbinger of spring and a reminder of the “dear departed” because, though it seems delicate and fragile it pushes aside the leaves of the previous year to spread its green leaves and bloom, and its glossy evergreen leaves withstand both freezing temperatures and heat. Visit by photo blog Today to read more about them.

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Grocery Inspection

I get the same greeting everyone else does when they come in the door. I had my first ride–on my bicycle–to the grocery store and back and everything had to be thoroughly inspected, much more exciting than when I drive my car.

Six cats inspecting my groceries.
Six cats inspecting my groceries.

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?

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Super Pi Day Apple Crisp, 2015

Mimi is ready for her supervisory duties.
Mimi is ready for her supervisory duties.

Mimi is ready for kitchen supervision, making sure she is sitting on the recipe so I get to exercise my brain and see if I remember it.

The human had no space in the kitchen to make a pie crust this morning with bread and soups on the menu, so apple crisp it was. It’s pretty much the same thing especially if you’re a fan of crumble toppings, and I don’t need to use the round pie pans. I can use my favorite old beat up enamel pan, and for that pan I do know the recipe by heart and can get right to it, right after I remove Bella, who stepped right into it just like another kitty who liked to nap in pots and pans in the kitchen.

Bella finds the pan to be just her size.
Bella finds the pan to be just her size.

Add the apples. Well, I have to peel, core and slice them too, but it was a pretty picture. Typically I use Granny Smith apples but these are “Delicious” apples left over from an event with a fruit tray, a little soft, but good enough for a crisp.

Mixed apples for the apple crisp look pretty in the pan.
Mixed apples for the apple crisp look pretty in the pan.

I put some things to soak in the sink and turned around to see this. I know cats aren’t supposed to like these things but the bowl from the crumble topping was a big hit.

I turn my back and everyone heads for the mixing bowl from the crumb topping.
I turn my back and everyone heads for the mixing bowl from the crumb topping.

They’ve worked so hard they deserve their nap in the warm steamy kitchen while I had a piece of warm apple crisp…yum.

Smokie, Giuseppe and Mimi enjoy a well-deserved nap.
Smokie, Giuseppe and Mimi enjoy a well-deserved nap.

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Later was cleaning time and the photo I posted on Facebook today. Don’t cat butts make you smile!

Everybody needs a little cat butt in their day. Bella is helping me clean by retrieving her favorite violet mousie from where she stashed it behind the filing cabinets by the window on top of the screens I have stored back there, one of her favorite secret violet mousie hiding spots. Great rainy Saturday activity!

Bella Butt
Bella Butt

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What other photos have I posted on or around this date?

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Who Is That Kitty?! 2013

Who is that kitty?!
Who is that kitty?!

I’m fairly certain Mewsette is playing a little game with herself when she plays peek-a-boo with herself at the edge of a mirror. Whether or not, she certainly seems to be having fun with it.

Whatever she’s doing, I almost can’t stand the cuteness. If I laugh, she comes over to talk to me, so I have to be really, really quiet, though she’s accustomed to my camera so I take it out on snapping about a dozen shots.

If you look closely on her hip you’ll see a kitty shadow. That’s her mom, enjoying a sunbath. Mewsette will soon join her again, after she is certain the other black kitty will stay in that mirror.

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Composition in Black and Green, 2011
Composition in Black and Green, the inspiration.
Composition in Black and Green, the inspiration.

Does this look familiar? This very photo was the inspiration for the calendar of the same name, Compositions in Black and Green, and gave me a focus for the whole series of images, taken on this date in 2011.

I loved the look of this image as soon as I saw Bean quietly resting on the edge of the sink, all its shades of green lit by the spring sunlight, Bean’s pleasantly rounded shape contrasting with geometric shadows of the window frame and muntins, and even before I photographed it the idea of a series of photos on this theme was born, including even the name. I already had a number of photos in the theme of black and green and knew I’d get more, and even to this day I am photographing more “compositions in black and green”.

Jelly Bean enjoys being washed in spring sunlight as I enjoy how the pattern of the window muntins falls across the wall, the sink and him. What you can’t hear in this photo is Jelly Bean’s loud, vigorous purr as it echoes in the sink, truly an amazing percussive technique.

A little later this year I’ll be choosing up to a dozen “Compositions in Black and Green” for a set of greeting cards, notebook covers and “black cat wear”, tees, bags and other useful items. Remember the ones you like and let me know.

And so I did! At least the cards and the calendar. See the cards on Portraits of Animals.

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Wordless Wednesday: In Case You Didn’t Notice Us, 2014
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Bean and Giuseppe want to be sure I know they are ready if I don’t want the milk in my cereal.

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Visitors, 2014
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Giuseppe gives Judi some tech support.

We’ve had several important visitors recently, and the Five have discharged their duties as guardians of the household and supervisors of all activity with absolute excellence. Above, Giuseppe assists Aunt Judi with some laptop issues. Below, Judi greets Mimi and Bean on the rocker as soon as she enters, and Mr. Sunshine gives his approval of her by leaning on her shins and ceremoniously placing one of his hind paws on top of one her feet—and I thought I was the only one who had earned that distinction!

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Judi greets Mimi and Bean while being approved by Sunshine.

After a job well done Giuseppe tucks his large self into the crook of Judi’s arm; it was meant for him.

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Giuseppe cuddles with Judi.

“We like visitors,” Giuseppe says just before he falls asleep. Judi is Judi Stadler, owner of Carnegie Antiques and human to Holly of “Holly on the Rocker” and a number of other rescued cats as well; we were working on her website.

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Giuseppe has worked hard and is ready for a nap.

Dr. Michelle stopped by to visit the Five, and to purchase a print. She was greeted by everyone, and even brought a gift which was immediately put to use along with the quality organic catnip—imagine, a catnip party in the middle of the afternoon!

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Afternoon delight.

Then first she made a nice soft bed for Mr. Sunshine…

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Dr. Michelle is kept under control by Sunshine

…and when a nap with his brothers called him away, Mimi announced that Dr. Michelle’s lap now belonged to her…

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Mimi announces her arrival.

…just right for a thorough bath and a good nap. Dr. Michelle Elgersma is the mobile veterinary acupuncturist who visited Emeraude and Lakota.

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Mimi had a good nap.

And the Five are not happy that their human forgot to document a visit from Aunt Amby a while back—and this woman is important! She lives with Angus and Donal, two of Mimi’s other sons, Lucy’s brothers and half-brothers to the Fantastic Four!

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Amby with Sunshine and Giuseppe.

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Composition in Black and Green, the inspiration.
Composition in Black and Green, the inspiration.

I have the cropped version above available as a print and a greeting card, though if you would prefer the full image of Giuseppe’s majestic profile you can ask for that as well. This photo is available framed or unframed, on canvas or on paper on Portraits of Animals. You can purchase it below or find this photo in my gallery of Feline Photos.


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