Having fun with my clever cat and one of his favorite toys that he loves to bat.
Category Archives: Pet Photography
What, how is that logically possible — two different cuttest dog ever claims in a row? Ummm, an interesting dilemma to be solved another time. But first, all I can say is that I love how Duffy’s ears can stand at attention for a portrait! And, of course, who could resist the cute factor behind his memorable bowtie presence at Amanda and Jonathan’s wonderful wedding!
LOL, ok, ok, I confess, all dogs and cats hold their very own special charm, but I must say Jake packs some serious cute factor! Taking pet portraits is not something I do often, but when the opportunity presents itself boy oh boy it’s full of fun and technical challenges. Saying “cheese” (and handing it out after a smile) now holds a whole other meaning for me – LOL.
While the daily temperatures in Ottawa are starting to gradually warm up, and the promise of a deep thaw is now underway, there still remains a relatively significant amount of snow around town. In my own backyard I’d estimate there to be about 70 to 80 cm of accumulated snow still on the ground, so earlier today I thought I’d let my house cat venture outside at his own will to experience something all rather novel for him – walking on snow! Under the care of my watchful eye, and a 200mm telephoto lens, I shared in my cat’s experience of connecting the feelings of excitement and curiosity as he carefully stretched his black paws atop the white snow with keen focus and hunched reservation. All in all, a pretty great moment that lasted only a minute or two for him and me, which was further amplified by his recent haircut that hilariously left him with some booties and a beard. His French name is Chatdo (pronounced like shadow in English), and today he experienced snow.
The Jaguar is the third largest cat on the planet behind the Tiger and Lion, and in the western hemisphere it rules as the largest and most powerful feline! This magnificent creature, appearing as focused and curious as me from behind a high security glass wall, was given a new lease on life after being rescued from a poacher and placed under the care of La Paz Waterfall Garden sanctuary in Costa Rica. When illegally poached animals are confiscated by authorities in Costa Rica, and deemed to be too old, injured, or have been exposed to humans for too long to be released back into the wild, they can be rescued and placed under sanctuary care. After I took this picture I tossed my camera around my shoulder and took a deep breath as I tried to understand how some people on this planet can think it is entirely acceptable and feasible to capture such wild creatures and hold them as a household pet. It really is all so very incomprehensible to me.
Earlier this evening I was helping a friend when I came across his two cats resting on a staircase with their heads perched up. I immediately zeroed in on their eyes, or perhaps they immediately zeroed in on mine – I’m not quite sure which one happened first, but we were totally transfixed upon each other. After a few seconds of feeling totally mesmerized by the experience, and enjoying the warm afternoon sun shining down upon the cats through a window, I pulled out my camera to capture a highly random, but very asthetic moment for me.
I’ve never really photographed cats before, and as I gazed upon their eyes I began thinking about a philosohical passage I once read in the Treatise of Man by René Descartes. In the Treatise of Man, Descartes attempts to elaborate upon the relationship between body, mind and soul. And along the way his curiosity gives tribute to the eyes and the idea that staring into a creature’s eyes is akin to staring into his mind and soul. So, I just began thinking about that idea and more as I came eye-to-eye with some kitty cats. Um, yeah, I think tomorrow I’ll enjoy a little less wine with my meal…LOL…but here’s a look at what I took.
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