This photo is actually from a few years back, but the source file was pretty high resolution so I was able to enhance the deep black better than some of my newer images. Plus, the green eyes come through a little better. And he’s damn cute.
Okay, this is late for the 4th, but posing a cat with silly holiday props is time-consuming. Probably a bad idea as well, both as a photo and as a general annoyance to the cat. But, Bruno tolerated it long enough to get this one shot, so I can’t waste it.
Happy Canada Day, Happy Independence Day, and congratulations to Eugenie Bouchard for a historic, but too short Wimbledon run! She’ll be back.
Of course, about 2 minutes later, they were fighting. Those last all of 5 seconds, so I didn’t get a shot of that. Hobbes takes the defensive pose shown above and taunts Bruno. It’s like two kids on a long road trip where one is always, “I’m not touching you! I’m not touching you!” Eventually, Bruno gets pestered enough to pounce, which loosens a couple tufts of hair and everybody moves on like nothing happened.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th). Ailurophobia (fear of cats). Melanophobia (fear of the color black). Selenophobia (fear of the moon). Oh, and CTV News says Mercury is in retrograde, too. Pick your poison as we’ve got a bit of everything today.
I actually got the idea for today’s photo from Kevin Drum, my blogging hero. Instead of fighting the high contrast, go for the silhouette. Bruno was willing to oblige while he got some fresh air and a chance to ogle the bird feeders.
Bruno tends to be a bit shy, so usually I have to do some image manipulation on any pictures I have of him. If I were better at it, the contrast might not be so harsh and his green eyes would look better, but that’s my current cat-blogging life.
Here are Hobbes and Bruno (l to r) and it was getting near feeding time.
Here is an photo from about a year ago in a temporary moment of friendliness. I’m pretty sure a tussle ensued within a few moments. Hobbes on the left, Bruno on the right.
Following my blogging hero, Kevin Drum, here is my contribution to the honorable tradition of Friday Cat Blogging. This is Bruno, a black Maine Coon. From what I’ve read, he is pretty typical for the breed: aloof. While that may seem redundant for a cat, he really is quite friendly — in his own way. He likes to be in the same room as me, but just out of petting range.