Hamlet is purrfectly camouflaged stalking the birds while crouching under the geranium bush. Well, it’s a potted geranium and he’s behind glass and a window screen, but a little imagination can make it work. What exciting enrichment for kitties!
Mimi is happy for the return of her outdoor water bowl, otherwise known as the birdbath.
Because Mimi is such a star and again modeled the pose I envisioned, even though she felt she had better things to do. She is in silhouette but her entire other side is washed in sunlight. I like the full view as a still life too, with my scruffy little rosemary plant.
From the back yard and beyond
No doves were harmed in the making of this video, but she does look a bit annoyed with the weather. All melted now, sun’s out, feeders are busy. Who knows what we’ll get tomorrow. http://www.bernadettestoday.com/april-fools-snow/
A drop of clarity.
Last year at this time, when my DSLR needed repairs, I headed out on a spring morning with my 1983 Pentax K1000 fitted with its original 50mm lens and an adapter I’d always used for closely photographs of flowers, and a roll of black and white film. This was one photo from that roll.
It was my first walk in those woods for at least two years, since before my hip replacement kept me from walking the hills. It was a wonderful way to literally get back on my feet in a place that I had photographed so many times before, and to study it again, with a new hip, and a new outlook on things.
Next month I’ll share an online exhibit of the wildflowers I captured that morning in silvery black and white.
Monday was a great day to toss my Epson printer through the window. However, I would have had to have replaced the window, so I didn’t, but let the thought of it stand for my intention.
I was prepared with a slight amount of Zen by, earlier, finding the first periwinkle flower in the back yard. Maybe I’m impatient but I’ve been waiting for this color to appear. This first perfect little blue periwinkle blossom wasn’t open first thing, but by noon there it was. This is the first, but soon they will be winkling all over in my woodland garden. http://www.bernadettestoday.com/just-woke-up/
A Saturated Morning
I can’t pass up a rainy morning and all the images of raindrops on things. http://www.bernadettestoday.com/a-saturated-morning/
From around this date in past years
I Tried to Make the Bed, I Really Did, 2020
I tried three times, finally gave up making the bed today. #stayathome and #selfisolate is our daily MO on any given day but I think they are getting instructions from somewhere that I might feel isolated and alone, so they appear wherever I am.
This crowd includes Basil, Sienna, Jelly Bean, Mewsette, Hamlet and Mariposa.
This is mostly the formerly feral cats. Guess they’ve learned a few things about indoor cat life and hosting an awesome indoor cat party.
The photos above are from Instagram too.
Hamlet has a sunbath.
Hamlet’s performance continues.
Until a few months ago he would usually have considered his options of his trust in me while I stared at him with my camera and blocked the bathroom doorway, and decided to leap down and run past me so he wouldn’t be trapped in the bathroom.
Apparently he’s not concerned anymore. Nearly five years later. We’ve never stopped gentle, constant modification. Go, Hamlet!
Thanks to everyone who has checked to see if I need anything when they go out or stop over, and those who’ve sent work my way, and those who’ve made purchases and donated! Navigating this current reality is difficult enough and even moreso without a car, and vendor events cancelling into June. We can do this!
Photos from around this date in previous years
Someone’s Been in My Back Yard, 2019
Eewww, I smell an unneutered male cat all over my scratching area.
Mimi’s expression of disgust is priceless. She is understandably not fond of unneutered male cats. The one who left the messages is new and looks kind of tattered, but doesn’t act feral, more frightened, a gorgeous swirly long-haired ginger boy. He’s on our list to be trapped and snipped. Photos soon.
Photos from years past.
Giuseppe’s Aria, 2018
Giuseppe performs his famous aria, “Let’s Get Breakfast on the Table, Mama.”
I had other photos to share with you today, but we had a power outage mid-day that has knocked out my studio computer, where the Photoshop is. I can’t edit photos, so I’ll hold off on all the nice sunny photos I’ve been getting. More later! In the meantime, Giuseppe will keep you entertained, and we also have antics from previous years below.
Three Seriously Cute Housepanthers, 2017
These three really have to stop this sort of thing. I have work to do and I can’t be distracted by such serious cuteness. Mimi, Sunshine, Jelly Bean.
Mimi looks miffed, possibly because of the snow (see below), Mr. Sunshine looks like he’s making a face by sticking out his tongue (he and Bean had been giving Mimi a big bath), and Bean just looks like he’s there and he’s cute and nothing more is needed.
This was one of the more popular photos I’ve ever posted on Instagram and Facebook. Guess that means I ought to offer it as a print! I’ll see if the quality level is high enough because I took it with my phone. At the moment they did this I was downloading photos which you’ll also see below.
Purchase a print or card of today’s photo
I’m trying to get more feline photos up on my website—certainly I have no lack of them, but that’s part of the problem, choosing them and taking the time to add them all. I have added a dozen and will endeavor to keep up with likely photos as they come around here on The Creative Cat.
From Facebook and Instagram
Earlier in the day Mimi went out on the deck with me, looked at the snow and silently stood there.
Then I got in my car and drove to the trail because I knew how incredibly gorgeous it would be as the clouds began to part and the sun shone on the tree-covered hills around the trail.
Click the photo or go to Exceptional Snow Day on the Trail to see a gallery of images from this glorious snowfall.
Vintage or Not, 2015
A vintage photo of Bella? But she’s not even a year old!
I’m not sure if I can promise this will be the last of these multiple posts with slideshows. The beauty of the sunlight, amplified by snow cover, simply overtook me and I couldn’t stop taking photos. Sometimes I caught some interesting effects.
These photos have a vintage feel, but obviously are not. The mirror I have on my bathroom door is vintage, well, it’s really just old. At one point it had been glued to either a frame or a wall, and the backing itself is in somewhat poor shape. I just wanted a mirror there to have a nearly full-length in the bathroom when I got dressed, and to make the room look larger, and I’ve never changed it. The door is a bi-fold, so depending on how the door folds it reflects different areas and different windows.
In this case, it’s folded far enough that I saw Bella’s reflection from outside the bathroom on top of the wardrobe, and all those nicks and dings and mis-reflections give the photos of Bella the feel and dulled color of a vintage photo. These are taken with my smartphone which I held against the mirror at an angle so that it would not be reflected but I would still be able to focus on Bella’s image. I intentionally caught the flaws in the mirror, which is also kind of cool, a little ghostly, and I moved the it up and down to capture different flawed areas for different effects.
I didn’t edit any of them at all. I liked these three of her, and of course, here is the slideshow of the others.
The Problem With Kittens, 2015
…is that they have no idea how annoying they are. Or maybe they do. Mewsette is trying to enjoy the warm windowsill but Smokie sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime to wrestle with a family member he hasn’t wrestled with yet!
Mewsette is cool about this and just tries to ignore him, but Smokie can’t keep his paws off her, he just has to keep touching her.
He makes the mistake of kind of smacking her on the face when she turns to look at him…
Well, he gets that face, quick! Paws off.
No, he still can’t resist!
Oops, Mewsette, I didn’t mean that.
It’s all I can do to keep my patience and not smack this kid!
In moments, Smokie is right back to it.
Epilogue, she did eventually grab him and toss him off the top of the wardrobe. Mewsette doesn’t fool around—she grew up with three brothers—those three brothers! The ones who Smokie thinks he can wrestle with. I don’t think he’s going to bother Mewsette for a while.
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Posted on Facebook today…
No, we’re not too hungry. It’s the original Five house panthers, counterclockwise from the top it’s Mewsette, Mimi, Jelly Bean, Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe in the back.
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Looks like March 9 must be a day for five cats in the kitchen!
Breakfast Eyes, 2013
I love the early morning light at breakfast these days, and I’ll be sad to lose it beginning tomorrow…I know the Five like it too. They are much more animated than when it’s still dark, and I think they like the sun in their kitchen.
“Really,” I told them, “if you weren’t all so beautiful and didn’t look at me with such bright and trusting eyes you’d probably eat breakfast earlier, possibly dinner too.”
Instead I made them wait for their breakfast so I could take a few photos…a bunch of photos, since it takes a few tries to get them all looking at me at once. Mimi, as you can see, was having none of it, sitting back on the corner of the table with her lemon-slice eyes in slits. Often she is right in the middle of all her much larger children, but sometimes the press of them is a bit much for her. She is special, she will have me know.
Here’s another shot of them so everyone who sees these mealtime photos of them doesn’t think they always line up. They have a marvelous sense of composition when you get any number of them together.
See other photos of them waiting for their meals.
And also see another of the many photos I took this morning—it’s of the blue pitcher with the light shining through it, but there’s a cat in it too! They didn’t have to wait for their breakfast for me to take Morning Blue.
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And from 2014 but in another room…
We’re All Ready
I can tell I’ve had a busy week when they practically, very nearly, almost beg for a play session. Sitting at my desk I felt I was being watched. I turned around and saw this.
We haven’t had too much time for play this week as I got ready for my poetry reading and my car, which had needed some serious body work, became rather undrivable. But kitties have their needs regardless what’s happening in the world, and they know how to send me on a guilt trip. Everything is a little askew, but a game of stairway ball in the afternoon can surely be fun. And it’s also great fun to watch the human wave feather toys around as if she’s waving signal flags. Or so it seems.
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