Daily Photo: Clever Camouflage

Mimi, well camouflaged.
Mimi, well camouflaged.

No one would notice a black cat in the middle of all this green and tan, right? Mimi is sure no one and nothing can spot her, holding completely still on this branch. Except that fool with the black thing stuck to her face who follows Mimi everywhere.

What Mimi is standing on is actually the trunk of the tree to which her favorite branch is attached. In 2010 the tree was weighed down by ice and snow, and as the snow melted and spring arrived it slowly…laid down, right there in the woodland garden. The tree is my favorite mulberry, the one that grows the berries big and purple as blackberries and has been the source of much jelly and juice. Mimi’s branch is like a prop, as if the tree is holding itself partially upright with one hand on the ground. You can see it curving away and downward right by Mimi’s tail in the photo above. So Mimi runs up the tree’s arm and ends up on the trunk. And then…something rustled on the little hill up to the neighbor’s yard, under the pine trees, right at Mimi’s eye level…

Hmmm, what's up there?
Hmmm, what’s up there?

The green branches are not part of the mulberry, but are from the American hemlock I planted there years ago, a native species that grows well on north-facing slopes and under taller tree cover, much like the woodland garden in my back yard.

I’m sure to have more photos of Mimi on the tree—she’s been enjoying the view from there each day. She gets a little abstract with her camouflage as well.

What black cat?
What black cat?

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From Facebook and Instagram

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Hamlet and Ophelia

We are slowly making progress, but it’s not as fast as the others have been. I started two flower essences three weeks ago and it’s made a huge difference. I can pet the two of them all day long in their room, and sometimes when they are out, though when they are out in the upstairs they are just as likely to dodge me. Ophelia was friendly and sweet in the room, but Hamlet wanted no parts of being touched. Now he greets me at the door and asks for pets. But they love the bedroom, the bed, and the window.

Squirrel!

Squirrel!
Squirrel!

Four fosters on the bed

All four fosters together, Hamlet on the windowsill, Basil by the pillows, Bella on the bed, Ophelia at the foot. It was a bit much for the two younger ones but we’ll try again tomorrow.

Four fosters on the bed.
Four fosters on the bed.

Attention to De-tail

I’m catching up on some photos I shared while I was AWOL building my site.

Attention to de-tails. Looks like they’ve agreed on something, or they are spelling something in secret code.

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The Decision

Apparently this is what the tails had agreed upon, a nice morning nap cuddled in the kitchen.

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

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Wordless Wednesday: Same Day, Different Stories, 2015

Bella and Bean in the same place, with different experiences.
Bella and Bean in the same place, with different experiences.

Bella and Jelly Bean were having a parallel experience this afternoon on the wardrobe at the top of the stairs. I’m sure their stories of their experiences would be so different one would think the were in a different time and place as Bella focused on the squirrel in the pussy willow, and the chickadee, and the cardinal, and the squirrel, and the squirrel, while Jelly Bean entertained himself with a nap on the sun-warmed wood of the cabinet. Just two existentialist kitties enjoying their day.

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Photos on Facebook

Jelly Bean was trapped!
Jelly Bean was trapped!

I spent time in the studio today working on my new projects for April. I couldn’t help but share my supervisors’ activities as well. Jelly Bean came to sit on the table as I was laying out my frames with notes and preparing my paints. He suddenly found himself completely surrounded! He was afraid I might have notes to paint him too!

After he escaped that close call, Mimi joined me to supervise, taking some time to multi-task and clean her toes.

A little bit of toe cleaning.
A little bit of toe cleaning.
Mimi looks pretty bored with this.
Mimi looks pretty bored with this.

Then I had a brief time of aloneness when I could actually get a little bit of work done before…someone let the kids in—I didn’t post this on on FB, yet, I just took it a few minutes ago, Smokie and Bella on a walk-through for quality control. So young and so talented!

Smokie and Bella do a walk-through.
Smokie and Bella do a walk-through.

What are we supposed to be doing Bella?

Just try to look busy, Smokie. [Kids…]


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