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Feline Friday – #90 – welcoming committee and a hopeful story

Freddie and Frankie

Frankie and Freddie, the official welcoming committee for any hummingbirds who might drop by.

Freddie and Frankie

So what time do you think the hummingbirds will be arriving exactly?

Frankie

That was hard work. Time for a snooze in the latest Amazon box.

And a link to a hopeful story about a litter of four mountain lion kittens discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains. All four kittens are females and are now known as P-66, P-67, P-68, and P-69.

https://patch.com/california/calabasas/watch-4-baby-mountain-lions-found-santa-monica-mountains

If that link is unavailable in you area, try this one. In fact, this might be the better link as there is a good video.

4 Blue-Eyed, Spotted Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered in Simi Hills Area

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Buttorfleoge or Flutterby… it’s Butterfly to me!

natural history museum butterflies

In researching the origin of the name “butterfly” I came up with two possibilities. 1. The Anglo-Saxons coined the word ‘butterfloege’ because the most common butterfly at the time was the yellow brimstone butterfly. 2. They were called flutterby (obviously because they fluttered by) in Victorian times and after a while the name was reversed to butterfly. Maybe a combination of both.

natural history museum butterflies

I make the effort to visit the Butterfly Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum every two or three years.

natural history museum butterflies

It’s somewhat of a meditative experience to mingle with the winged creatures for half an hour.

natural history museum butterflies

Our reservation was for 11:00am and I must say the creatures were very active at that time of day.

natural history museum butterflies

The docent informed us they were fluttering around looking for the right place to lay their eggs.

natural history museum butterflies

The butterflies can’t lay their eggs just any old place. It has to be the right plant or the eggs won’t hatch, or if they hatch they will die.

natural history museum butterflies

So every kind of butterfly has a specific plant to lay its eggs on.

natural history museum butterflies

So when humans wipe out certain kinds of plants the butterflies get wiped out too.

natural history museum butterflies

We humans continue to cause all kinds of havoc for nature.

natural history museum butterflies

In the pavilion there was plenty of mating going on.

Please click on an image below for slide show.

 

 


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Feline Friday – #89 – take your cat hiking

Friday at Bryce

I’m tired of dog owners boasting that one of the benefits of a canine companion over a cat is that you can take the dog hiking. So I am advocating: take your cat hiking!

Several years ago I was on a hiking trip to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA. This is the image I created for my Christmas card that year.

The feline is my late, great cat Friday who passed away in 2013. You will note the sign requiring hiking boots, therefore he is wearing them. Also the sign specifies no dogs. Doesn’t say anything about cats!

 


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Feline Friday – #88 – back in the US of A

I was out of the country for about ten days. Needless to say, Frankie had to assist with the packing.

I arrived back home yesterday afternoon. This morning I was unpacking my suitcase in the living room. Frankie was determined to make sure that I didn’t leave again without him. So he took up residence in the suitcase and I couldn’t get him out. No worries Frankie, I’m not going anywhere for quite a while!

I have a new cat sitter. She is great and Frankie and Freddie bonded with her.

She sent me photos nearly every day. That way I didn’t miss them quite as much. But I was still very happy to get home to the boys.

Here are the photos she sent me:

 


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Feline Friday – #88 – photobombing

freddie

Just sitting on the sofa playing around with the camera taking photos of Freddie and Frankie who were napping on either side of me.

Frankie
One photo of Freddie, one photo of Frankie…

Freddie

Another of Freddie…

And another of… hey, wait a minute… Freddie decided he wanted to be in Frankie’s photo too… That’s not fair, you already had your turn!

Frankie, Freddie
Sorry Frankie… you just have to share the limelight!


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Feline Friday – #87 – late Friday afternoon

It was getting to be late Friday afternoon and I had no ideas for Feline Friday so I just started snapping. Freddie was on his favorite chair and decided to let me take a portrait. He has a very photogenic pink nose.Freddie and Frankie

Frankie was curled up on the sofa and refused to open his eyes for me despite my spot on imitation of a squeaking mouse. He was probably dreaming about mice anyway.Freddie
I had to run a quick errand. By the time I returned home both cats had changed locations. Freddie was on the coffee table cosying up to Ansel Adams and was done with posing.


Frankie had taken up a position under the chair. Who says you have to sit on the cushions? This way he can rest and still have a good view of the room.

The felines wish you a good week until next time!


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Feline Friday – #86 – nap time


When I’m home I often take a 20-minute or half hour nap after lunch on the sofa. It isn’t easy sharing with two other bodies. Frankie is annoyed because I got up to fetch the camera and disturbed him!


Frankie enjoys catching some rays coming through the shutters.

freddie
Freddie often sleeps like this looking like he is sliding off the chair! They say the camera adds an extra 10 pounds… so I guess that is true in Freddie’s case!


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Feline Friday – #85 – crossing the 101

mountain lion

A photo released Tuesday shows mountain lion P-64 on the south side of a culvert it used to pass under the 101 Freeway. (National Park Service)

This story appeared in the Los Angeles Times on March 13, 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mountain-lion-freeway-crossing-20180313-story.html.

For only the second time in 16 years, a mountain lion has been recorded crossing the 101 Freeway south into the Santa Monica Mountains, National Park Service officials said Tuesday.

Moving under the freeway through a pitch black culvert the length of two football fields, the mountain lion identified as P-64 was captured on camera March 1 crossing from Simi Valley and the Santa Susana Mountains to the Santa Monica Mountains, the park service said.

It’s pretty amazing that this cat figured out that this culvert would take him across as there was no way he could see the other end. The National Park Service has long promoted the idea of a wildlife crossing over this freeway. Since they started recording statistics in 2002, eighteen mountain lions have been killed attempting to cross roads and freeways in the area.

It’s important that the animals can roam into other territories to mate. Otherwise they run the risk of becoming extinct in this region.


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Feline Friday – #84 – the softer side

Freddie Frankie

Frankie (grey tabby/white) and Freddie (black/white) don’t like to admit that once in a while they share a chair and even get cuddly.

Freddie Frankie

They are pals but they are both very macho cats, each in their own way, and mostly live separate but friendly lives.

Freddie Frankie

They like to be in the same vicinity, one on a chair, one on a sofa, but generally not too cozy. They chase each other up and down the stairs. And they enjoy a wrestling match with clumps of fur flying.

Freddie Frankie

So it’s unusual to be able to take photos like these.

In fact, they really didn’t want me to publish these on my blog. But I explained people love heartwarming pictures like this. So they did eventually agree to let everybody see their softer side.

But they asked me to make it clear either one of them could start a fight any minute. Okay.

 


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Feline Friday – #83 – keeping clean

frankie-dishwasher

Did you ever wonder how cats manage to keep their fur so clean?
freddie dryer

Did you think it was because they were sitting around all day licking themselves? So did I!

frankie dishwasher
So I was surprised to discover that is not the case!

freddie dryer

Just like you or I, cats depend on appliances to keep that white fur bright and shiny! A little disappointing to discover the truth, huh?

Disclaimer: in no way do I encourage the felines to play around in the dishwasher or clothes dryer, but boys will be boys!