Monday, May 23, 2011

Sand Cat

At the zoo the other day when I was with Betsy, I found this little guy sleeping.  It just looks like a house cat to me, but the sign said he was a Sand Cat.  Either way, isn't he (or she) just the cutest little critter you have ever seen.  I really like this picture and I have to give all the credit to Betsy, well, because she took the picture.  Isn't it wonderful??  You might not be a cat person, but this is a Sand Cat, not just your everyday house cat.  I'm kidding of course, I love house cats, I guess you could say that I'm your average dog and cat person.  I like them both.  I like the independence of cats and their strong character.  I like the happy-go-lucky nature of dogs and how they'll love and trust you almost instantly.  Like on Disney/Pixar's UP when Dug says, "Hi!  My name is Dug.  I have just met you and I love you!"

Anyway, I digress from cats.  I've mentioned before that we had a cat named Patches.  I say "had" loosely because she pretty much roamed wherever she wanted.  Sometimes we wouldn't see her for weeks, and assumed she was dead.  Then, out of the blue, she would just show up strutting along and eat some food with the rest of the cats like Scardey Cat and Jerry.  I'm sure we named some of the other cats that traipsed around the Feed and Seed Warehouse, but I can't remember any off hand.  Who knows, little Patches could still be alive.  We have picture of when Amber and I were really little holding (strangling) Patches and she would just take it like a cat and not growl or hiss or anything.  I mean, there were multiple pictures where we try so hard to hold her, but end up holding on to her tail, or barely manage her in a choke hold.  She wasn't fat either, but fur and bones because she didn't eat that much.  That reminds me of the old Danish Folktale called "The Fat Cat" that we had a copy of in our house growing up.  If you haven't read it - let alone seen it - I highly recommend you check it out from your local library.  Or check it out here.  It's about this cat that goes through town eating everything and everybody on sight.  All this cat talk makes me miss the little guys.  I kind of wish I had a ball of yarn and a little kitty right now...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Choir

Since we're on the Temple Square theme, here is a picture from Music and the Spoken Word the other week.  It's something I always enjoy going to, and look forward to attending more broadcasts.  Betsy was in town and I knew that I must take her there!!  If you are in the Salt Lake City area Sunday mornings at 9 am, stop on by- you won't be disappointed

Thursday, May 19, 2011


 I know I've been waxing a little girly with these last two posts of flowers.  I promise to post something a little more manly in the next--like beefsteaks or space shuttles.  Actually I don't even know what what beefsteaks are, but that is a different story.  This picture is from temple square and turned out pretty nice with that bunch of tulips.  This is from a photo shoot that Betsy and I did spontaneously the other day.  It was a great time, she's a great gal!
Once upon a time, there was a lot more emphasis on composition of a photograph before you snap the shutter.  Now we get what we want in the frame and then worry about cropping and composing on the computer later.  I can't speak for everyone, but I find that that is what I do fairly often.  However, with this picture I actually tried to frame the shot--and I still had to straighten it on the computer.  I could have used a smaller aperture to get a little more depth of field, but I think it turned out all right.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Even though it doesn't feel like Spring, here is a nice spring Tulip.  For all those waiting for a couple weeks of nice weather in Utah, don't give up hope and keep on waiting!