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Daily Photo: Sienna’s Keeping Watch

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Sienna is keeping watch on something.

I’m not sure I know what she was keeping watch on here. It could even be me she was watching. But she was intent and I love her expression. All her speckles, including the ones in her ears, are completely unique but it’s funny how they become memorable and I know exactly where they should be.


Featured Daily Sketch: Mewsette’s Tail

pastel sketch of three cats in silhouette
“Mewsette’s Tail”, pastel on white multi-media paper, 6.5″ x 9.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mewsette slaps her tail back and forth so enticingly, Bean simply cannot resist.

Giuseppe, Bean and Mewsette were hanging out on the cabinet in the center of the kitchen so they looked like only silhouettes against the morning sunlight through the back door. I really liked their activity and the big silhouettes plus the long shadows on the varnished cabinet were interesting varieties of textures. I just wasn’t sure about the colors since they were slipping around, I just wanted to capture the warm colors in the background and the cool colors in the highlights. I think I got that!


From the Back Yard and Beyond

Rhododendron Reflections

Look familiar?

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Mimi at the birdbath.


From Portraits of Animals

Colorful Spring Sky, April Cloud Study

From around this date in past years

Sienna Daydreams, 2021

tortoiseshell cat on windowsill
Sienna thinks…

Sienna thinks she might like to try her paw at painting.


From Instagram

Judging my shipping #supurrvisor #siennafostertortie ‘s tail activity my performance is not meeting expectations.

WHAT A PURRFECT MORNING! The sun is shining, it’s clear and low humidity, everything is blooming, Mimi feels great, I’m seriously having trouble focusing!

Mimi had a little bee visitor! She was napping on the step–sleeping on the job watching me in the garden–and the bee circled around me and then buzzed up to Mimi and circled around her. Of course I caught the moment before she woke up from her nap and opened her eyes, though she followed it insistently around as it circled her, I couldn’t catch a picture of that.

Basil is known for his dramatic solutions to everyday cat problems. Here he literally goes to great lengths to sweep up the last morsels left on Sienna’s breakfast dish. The span between Basil’s back toes and front toes is 24″, from his back toes to his nose is 30″.


From around this date in past years

Mariposa Cute and Bunny Cute, 2020

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Mariposa is cuter than cute.

Mariposa is cute no matter what she does, especially when she’s watching a baby bunny who is inching onto the patio from the garden. I call Mariposa my little bunny because sometimes she hops like a bunny.

Here’s the little bunny she was watching, a young cottontail learning its way around the yard. I took the photo through the screen door so it has an interesting softened pattern to it.

baby cottontail rabbit
Little bunny!

Mariposa wears her eartip proudly!

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Mariposa wears her eartip proudly.


From Instagram

five cats on bed
Social distancing for cats.


black cat belly
Mr. Sunshine’s belly thermometer indicated that the indoor temperature reached 85 degrees this afternoon.



From around this date in past years

Interesting Formations, 2019

A strange formation.
A strange formation.

Sometimes I just don’t know what to do when Mimi and her kids go into a mode of patterns and formations, sometimes adding other feline household members too. The best I can do is just take a lot of pictures.

Yesterday first the four got themselves into a rather meditative formation, then Mimi came and sat near them with some intention.

After a while, they all got up and shuffled around and ended up in some disarray, but a nice disarray.

In disarray
In disarray

Then I looked again and they had all turned their backs on me, four in the back and one in front.

Facing away.

So I got my camera and walked all around them. They were roughly facing the front door.

Five facing.
Five facing.

Then Mariposa saw them and came to sit on the stool.

Mariposa joins them.
Mariposa joins them.

And they all stayed like that.

Staying in place

It never ceases to amaze me how they act together as a group. But setting themselves up in a row sitting with one crouching in front? I just don’t know. I just know I love them.

Photos from years past.


Exciting New Grocery Boxes, 2017

two black cats in box
Maximum capacity.

Maximum capacity of this box is one Jelly Bean and one Mr. Sunshine less Sunshine’s tail which apparently doesn’t fit.

Below, Basil has his very own grocery box. I can see I should get bigger boxes.

black cat in box
Basil in his own grocery box.

Glad to be home and off my feet for a while.

You may see a few extra photo posts for a few days. I’ve been getting so behind in posting the ones from Instagram. My plan is to share them here when I share them on IG so you get to see them somewhere near the day I took them.

This will all even out eventually! Shows and studio time make it difficult but we are adjusting.

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Sienna watches me in her own special way.
Sienna watches me in her own special way.

Office cat says I need to sit down and get to work. And that work is providing a lap for her. My that Sienna is getting bold, and what a talented model too, providing us all with this unique photo! Read more and purchase.


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6 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Sienna’s Keeping Watch

  • Sienna’s most beautiful, whatever she is watching. I do like all your sketches and photos. Thank you for linking up with Feline Friday!

    • She is a beautiful tortie. Thanks for visiting, and for hosting!

  • 15andmeowing

    Sienna is a beauty.

  • Brian's Home ~ Forever

    Hello pretty girl! You are such a grand watchcat!


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