Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cat’s Eyes

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Good morning from a dull spring day here in Hastings.

This week Cee wants to see different eyes.  When I think of cat’s eyes I think of a sea snail. My parents used to collect the cat’s eyes and polish them up for jewelry.  Whenever I went to a beach I would search for them.  But I haven’t really found any for a long time.

Here is a great story that I found on the Internet:

Whaitiri was an evil old woman in the South Island who sometimes ate members of her own family. Two of her grandsons, sent to stay the night with her, were afraid she would kill them when they were sleeping. They found some sea snails and took off the cat’s eyes. When they went to bed, they placed the shell lids over their own eyes. This tricked their grandmother into thinking they were wide awake, and she left them alone.

For more info about these sea snails and why we have cat’s eyes check out this page –Cat’s Eyes.

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I adore cats, but unfortunately I am not allowed pets where I live but I seem to find a lot of cats around to take photos.  This was a neighbour’s cat and pure white.

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Another fluffy cat from the neighbourhood.

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Again a friendly or maybe not so friendly feline visitor.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

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Animal Friend of the Week: Puss Puss

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings morning.

Yesterday I didn’t post anything as I went to the dawn parade – that’s right, up at 5 AM for the 5.30 AM service.  It was 10 people deep around the cenotaph, plus all the armed service men and women there to lay their wreathes and poppies.  It was very moving.  I felt a bit guilty at taking photos in such a solemn ceremony.  But there were others with their cell phones taking pictures and videos.  It was good to see a lot of young people there, wearing their forefathers medals too.

Then after breakfast and dragging my son out of bed we went to my parents to talk about my relatives who fought in WWI and WWII.  None of them would ever talk about their experiences.  In the parade there was a volley of three shots.  Those with hearing aids were told to turn them off beforehand.  They were really loud and made us all jump.  Our ANZACs had to put up with that constant sound, all day and night.  And that was just the sounds, not the sights or smell of trench warfare.  No wonder many couldn’t talk about their experiences.

Anyway onto something a lot happier and brighter.  This is Puss Puss.  Just after my parents poodle Abbey died their cat Socks decided he was too lonely.  My father really missed Abbey too, not so much my mother with her Alzheimer’s.  So one day Socks came home with Puss Puss.  A gorgeous tortoiseshell cat.  She was about 6 – 9 months old.  And heavily pregnant.  I have a feeling that she was dumped at a stream close by, probably because she was with kittens.

My parents took her to the vet to have her spayed etc.  I don’t want to say much about the kittens.  She has now made herself at home and has brought much joy to both Mum and Dad.  She is a lot more gentle than Socks too.

I am a firm believer that pets can really understand our emotions and know what to do when you need that help from them.  Socks knew that Dad especially was suffering with the loss and found Puss to bring her home for him.  And both cats get on really well.

And thanks to all those who participated last week

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: A Nosy Cat

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Good morning from another lovely Hastings day.

This week Cee Neuner is asking us for our pet photos in black & white.  Well I don’t have any pets – not allowed them where I live.  But I just adore cats.  When I go for a walk I always get several cats coming out to see what I am up to.  So I take some portraits of them.  One time I had an irate lady shaking her fist at me and yelling at me to ……off. Ooops.

This beauty was interested in seeing what my Social Snappers group was doing carrying these strange objects around and pointing at flowers.

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We were deemed too boring so it went back home.

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Sorry if I don’t get around to all your blogs today – Social Snappers again.  We are going to a skateboard park for something a little different.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets

WPC: The Here and Now

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Good morning from a cooler but humid Boxing Day here in New Zealand.

Sorry I am a bit later than usual but my computer decided that it needed to do a  huge update – took forever and now there is no Windows Explorer that I could find, or any of my other so-called apps.  Especially Adobe Bridge or Illustrator.  I think with those apps I would need to place them on the desktop where I can see them.

This week Jen H. from The Daily Post as asked us for our now photos.  Photography is all about the here and now.  Capturing that magic moment in time.  Sure we can do a lot of post processing but the essence of that moment is there.  When I go back over photos I am instantly reminded of that moment in time – about where I was, why I was there and the emotions I felt when I took that image.

My photos are of a stray cat who has adopted my parents, as well as their cat Socks which I took yesterday.  So these photos will remind me of this Christmas and being with family.

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I adore cats anyway.

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So whenever I go to visit Mum and Dad they expect me to have my camera with me.

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They also want these now moments captured too.

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/now/

WPC: The Eyes Have It

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Good morning from a glorious summer’s day here in Hastings.  Sorry to rub it in, as I know that the northern hemisphere are now into winter.

Yesterday I went out with my Social Snappers group to find Christmas decorations – it rained and was generally miserable.  Today, what a difference.

Anyway  from The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge has asked us for our eyes.  Well our interpretation of eyes.  So I have found a selection of eyes for you.

First up was a visitor one morning.  Such a beautiful white cat.

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Next is Socks, my parents new cat.

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Then there is Abby, who has recently passed away. She was totally blind by the time she died.

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Finally Mindy is winking to say hello.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/eye-spy/

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/weekly-photo-challenge-eye-spy-the-eyes-have-it/

https://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/weekly-photo-challenge-eye-spy/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/weekly-photo-challenge-heres-looking-at-you/

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/weekly-photo-challenge-eye-spy/

#FridayFoto: Eye, Eye…

Focussing on Eyes: Weekly Photo Challenge

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Weekly Pet Share: On the Prowl

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Good morning from a warmer, sunny Hastings day.

I just love cats, and this I have passed onto my daughter.  She now has the nickname of The Cat Lady at her university as she is always taking photos of cats.  Her flat also has a cat which belongs to another of her roommates but which now has adopted Ruth as her mum.  Her Instagram account is full of photos of this cat and other stray cats she meets on her way.

Last Sunday while we were chatting this cat jumped the fence and then took off when it saw her cellphone and my camera pointing at it. We had such a giggle afterwards.

This is for Michelle’s Weekly Pet Share

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Weekly Pet Share: Me and My Shadow

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Good morning from another cool and frosty Hastings day.

One thing about having such frosty starts is that the day is generally nice – it just takes bit longer to actually warm up.  But the light in the mornings are amazing.  I have my camera ready trying to experiment with the lighting.  The day before yesterday my guardian cat wandered past.  I loved the way the lighting highlighted his back and then of course his long shadow.

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This is part of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Share.

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Weekly Pet Share: My Guardian

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Good morning from a warm and sunny Hastings day.  Yesterday was very mild with some wind.  Today is more of the same.  Nice for a change.

I am always showing photos of cats that seem to congregate in the front of my house.  This black cat is one of the regulars.  I managed to catch him sitting on the fence keeping a lookout on the neighbourhood.

This is part of Michelles challenge at Hope* the happy hugger.  It is not so much a challenge, but just sharing our pet photos.

https://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/michelles-weekly-pet-challenge/

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Furry Friends

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Good morning from a cold but dry Hastings day.  I am relieved as we will be heading to Pakowahi Park today for my social snappers group for landscape photography.  Should be cold, but fun.

This week Cee from Cee’s Photography has asked us for our black and white animals.  So here are a couple of cats that seem to loiter around my home.  They look out for me, but also are wary of other cats.  It is rather entertaining to watch them.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Animals

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/cee-black-and-animals/

Wild Horses Wouldn’t Keep Me Away

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/cees-black-and-white-challenge-animals-ground-squirrel/

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Weekly Pet Challenge: Five Photos, Five Stories

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Every morning when I get up the first thing I do is  open the curtains.  For several reasons.  Firstly it is to see what the weather is like – self explanatory.  I don’t rely on the weather forecast.  The most accurate forecast is to look out the window.  The second reason is to see if there is a good sunrise.  If so, then it is a matter of grabbing the camera and tripod and head on out.  Thirdly, is to see which cat it is that is watching over me.  So far I have found a couple of black cats, a couple of grey cats and a ginger cat.  I haven’t really seen the white cat much lately.

But I see cats around my house most of the day.  They come to say hello, maybe sit a while to enjoy the sun.  Then when they are ready they move on to the next house to check out.

This is for several challenges – Michelle’s Weekly Pet Share by Hope* the happy hugger and also for the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge.

So I would like to nominate Steve from Steve Says… to see what he can come up with. He has such a fresh quirky outlook on life and I am dying to see what he comes up with.

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