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Feline Friday – #100 – Rauschenberg boxes, Freddie Mercury and Firefighters

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Today I was at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). This artwork by Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) caught my eye. I immediately thought WOW! The cats would love this piece. They could jump around in all the open boxes and scratch their claws on the cardboard. I guess everything is in the eye of the beholder as I have to admit I never really appreciated Rauschenberg’s art before! I wonder if he lived with cats? I should build something like this for Freddie and Frankie!

As I am a fan of the band Queen and Freddie Mercury, I recently saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody about their rise to fame. When Queen became famous, I was amused to learn that Freddie bought a mansion large enough that each of his many felines could have their own individual rooms! That made me love Freddie even more. And if you should be wondering, yes, my Gentle Giant cat Freddie is named for him. (Don’t get any ideas, boys. All three of us have to share the same bedroom.)

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Lastly, but by no means the least important, a million thanks to the brave firefighters who risked their lives to rescue animals along with humans during the recent and ongoing horrendous fires in California. This photo says it all!

As this is the 100th Feline Friday post (woo hoo!) I was going to hire a band. But with everything going on in California and the world and my personal life this past few weeks, I decided that a quiet, unobtrusive recognition was just fine! Thank you all for hanging in there!

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Feline Friday – #99 – a hodge podge of catching up

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We apologize for being absent from the blogging world for quite a while now. But Freddie, Frankie and Roslyn have all been dealing with life.

Roslyn is far too busy getting ready for the Culver City Art Group 23rd Annual Holiday Art Show. So she asked me, Freddie, to upload this Feline Friday post because we know you all must miss us so much.

And, by the way, she’s been showing her art work from collages to acrylic paintings to ceramics to photography in just about every one of those 23 shows. Yes, it’s tiring.

So I, Freddie, have stepped up to help her. Between Frankie and me, I am the reliable one. The photo above is of me helping her prepare one of her frames. Cat hairs? Of course, cat hair on everything is the signature of her work. Everybody knows that!

I have a lot of photos to show you from the past few weeks, so here we go!

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This photo shows how Frankie and I assist Roslyn at the computer. That’s me curled up between the keyboard and the monitor.The most ergonomic position for a cat. Frankie, the fuzzy grey head in the foreground, is in the sling Roslyn bought for him so he can sit in her lap. I would have liked a sling too, but okay, a 17-pound cat wouldn’t fit too well in a sling…. I get it.

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As soon as Roslyn comes home she throws her bags and hat on this chair. Frankie is making sure next time she goes out she has plenty of cat hair with her. You know the saying: Cat hair. Don’t leave home without it!

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There is a misconception that I don’t like Frankie that much. I was here first and six months later he showed up. It’s true, he can be a bully. But it’s only because he had a tough life before he came here. So I like to nap close by him. So here I am on the chair just a few feet from his. I know he likes my company too.

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Everybody knows the rule is the bigger the cat, the smaller the box. I was contemplating how I could squeeze into this very thin box. I am sure if I flattened myself out my total mass would equal the dimensions of the inside of this box. Where’s my calculator so I can figure this out?

 

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It was a VERY hot day and Roslyn refused to turn on the air conditioning inside the house because she is SO cheap! So we sought refuge under the little table on the front patio. Roslyn tried to crawl under there with us but we said no way girl, we’re not sharing. Go stuff your head in the fridge or turn on the a/c. Humans can be infuriating!

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This was a team effort. I am very good at opening cabinet doors, even the ones with magnetic earthquake safety closures. I open the doors on all the cupboards in the house and then Frankie and I shovel everything out. It’s so much fun to see the expression on Roslyn’s face when she comes home and finds all the contents all over the floor. She took this photo minutes after she had thrown everything back into the bathroom cabinet under the washbasin. I don’t know how Frankie has the nerve to do this stuff but he always gets away with everything…

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Frankie hugging another of Roslyn’s bags…

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This was so much fun. While Roslyn was out at the farmers market I opened the door of the coat closet in the entryway (Roslyn uses it to store all her tools). Frankie knocked down the shopping cart and somehow dragged it out of the closet, blocking the front door. When Roslyn came home she couldn’t open the front door! Hee hee hee. She pushed and shoved and finally moved whatever was blocking the door far enough in so she could get in with all her bags of vegetables. Of course then she realized what had been blocking the door was her wheelie shopping bag with a cat sitting on it. Good thing it was the scrawny cat sitting on the shopping cart because if it was me, she would never have been able to push it back far enough to get in the door!

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One of my favorite Frankie escapades. Roslyn was taking her shower when she had the uncomfortable feeling someone was spying on her. Sure enough, she saw this eyeball staring at her through the shower curtain. Shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho… this even gives me the chills… Frankie can be scary…

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I will end with one of my tricks. Sometimes when Roslyn is working on the computer in the morning, I hide out and wait until she goes down to the kitchen for another cup of coffee. She has no idea I’m even in her office. Then I pounce on her chair. When she comes back upstairs I’m busy washing myself very nonchalantly like, oh, did you want this chair now? I thought it was vacant!

Roslyn will be back to posting on her blog and commenting and liking all your blog posts probably mid November. Until then, it’s lights out for us. See you later!

 

 

 

 

 


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Culver City Art Group 23rd Annual Holiday Art Show

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It’s that time of year again! Every year I swear I’m not doing this next year, and then I do. It’s the only time I exhibit my photographs/artwork in person.

So most of my time right now is devoted to getting my photos ready to display. Printing them out on my Canon 100 13″ x 19″ printer to my exacting standards is harder than you can imagine!

If you’re in the area (Westside of Los Angeles), come on over!

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Canadian Rockies – Day Six – Banff to Jasper

Moraine Lake

On the sixth morning we left Banff to move on to Jasper. We visited two beautiful lakes. First was Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

Next on the agenda was Lake Louise, filled with turquoise colored water from Victoria Glacier. Click on image below for slide show:

We bought a salad and sandwich at the Fairmont Chateau than found a bench along the Lakeshore Trail to sit and eat lunch taking in this magnificent view.

In the afternoon we drove along Icefields Parkway to Jasper. On the way we stopped to look at waterfalls, Wolf Lake and the Athabasca Glacier. Click below to start slideshow:

At the end of the journey we entered Jasper Park, Canada’s largest national Park at 4,200 square miles (1,622 sq km). We checked into Jasper House Bungalows on the shore of the Athabasca River, my favorite hotel of the entire trip. We were there for two nights but I could have stayed there for a week!

Unfortunately, the amber-colored trees were the result of pine beetle.

We fell asleep listening to the river outside our window, ready for another adventure the next day.

 


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Feline Friday – #97 – comfy places

Freddie

We all have our own unique ideas of comfort. Some like to be in the middle of everything. Others might prefer to be tucked away in a private space on their own.

Apparently, Freddie was in the mood to be where the action was. As if my desk wasn’t already cluttered enough and difficult for me to find anything, the Giant Cat came along and made everything impossible. Okay Freddie, now you have my attention…

On the other end of the scale, Frankie was looking for a solitary spot where nobody would bother him.

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It seems Frankie orders items from Amazon based on the size of the box they are shipped in… he doesn’t much care what the items are as long as the box is agreeable.

Even better is when the item is packed in brown paper… so much nicer than that awful plastic bubble wrap. Such a lovely way to pass the afternoon hidden away from prying eyes.

Hmmm, you’better be good, Frankie, or I might be tempted to return you to Amazon!


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Canadian Rockies – Day Five – Banff and the Bow River

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Overnight there was just enough rain to clear the skies a little. Still a lot of smoke but we could see some details. Why couldn’t this have happened the day before? Well, we had to be grateful for this gift at least.

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In the morning we drove along the shores of Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Click image below for slideshow:

 

Next we visited Cascade Gardens near the grounds of the Banff Park Administration Building. Click image below for slideshow:

The big event of the day was a raft trip floating along the Bow River. I didn’t position myself very well as I was seated directly opposite my friends so I had to dodge around their heads to get a clear shot. In the raft you can’t move around too much without everybody going overboard! And my camera is not waterproof…

Our guide on the river, like all the guides we encountered on the trip, was very knowledgeable and personable. I believe this young man was from New Zealand. As a member of the British Commonwealth, apparently you can spend two years in each Commonwealth Country (including New Zealand, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and of course, the UK) on a work Visa so most of the guides we encountered were from those countries. Wish I had known that when I was younger!

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At the beginning of the float trip I accidentally changed the picture style to black and white and didn’t realize this until we disembarked. I was ready to jump into the cold waters I was so mad at myself. But when we got back into town we found a camera store and the young man showed me how to change it back to color. I’ve never seen this B&W setting before! I was mortified. Luckily I always shoot in RAW and JPEG and he assured me the setting didn’t affect the RAW files… saved! Well, I learned something…

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We ate lunch at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. You can see it in the slideshow above.

And this is what the town of Banff looks like when the smoke clears. Not too shabby!

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Canadian Rockies – Day Four – the road to Banff

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Percheron horses at the Ranch-Bar-U

It’s hard to keep track of the days when you are on a tour, but I know day four was Sunday. We left Waterton heading for Banff through the Kananaskis Valley.

We stopped at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site to admire the Percheron horses.canadian rockies

It was a very smoky day and we had 236 miles (380km) to travel. A lot of the scenery looked like this with bales of hay scattered around fields.

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As we came nearer to Banff the scenery changed to more mountainous views. But still extremely smoky. Only with RAW images and Lightroom was I able to see any kind of detail and color in the photos.

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We didn’t make a lot of stops so these were taken through the bus window which is why the foregrounds are fuzzy.

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But you get the general idea of how rugged the territory was.

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We rode the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. The summit is 7486 feet (2281m) above sea level. The highest point in Los Angeles County is Mount Baldy (Mount San Antonio) at 10,064 feet (3,068 m). So I wasn’t too impressed but a good height nevertheless.

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Too bad there was no view. I had to work really hard in Lightroom to get any kind of details to show.

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But this gentleman seemed to be enjoying the view of the smoke!

We watched a 15-minute video that showed us the spectacular scenery we SHOULD have been seeing!

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There was a nice wooden trail out to the next peak but I wasn’t about to test the limits of my vertigo to see smoke and more smoke.

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Our hotel for the next two nights was nothing spectacular but we were centrally located in the town of Banff. canadian rockies

For me this was the most disappointing day. It reminded me of the 70s and 80s in LA when the smog was so bad in the summer I couldn’t even drive. I didn’t need to pay good money to be reminded of that.

But I did enjoy a wonderful Louisiana catfish dinner at Tooloulou’s restaurant in downtown Banff. That was the highlight for me. I don’t think my friends were that excited.

 

 

 


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Feline Friday – #96 – view from on high

Frankie and Freddie

Cats love high places, that’s for sure. And the more precarious those places are, the more they like it.

One of their favorite locations is on the loft wall. See upper left corner of photo above. It’s a great view into the living room downstairs. Upstairs they can watch me in my office and keep an eye on what is going on out on the roof deck.

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Heights scare me so I was definitely not a cat in a previous life. Maybe an elephant with my feet planted firmly on the ground.

What bothers me about this idyllic photo is that at any moment Frankie the Bully could take a poke at Freddie the Gentle Giant who could lose his balance and fall into the living room. But I can’t be supervising them every minute so I have to let it go.


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Canadian Rockies – Day Three – Going-to-the-Sun Road

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Day three of our trip to the smoke-filled Canadian Rockies our motor coach took us to St. Mary Lodge and Resort on the US side of the border. We boarded Red Jammers, restored vintage touring coaches from the 1930s. We traveled on Going-to-the-Sun Road which is closed during the winter because of snow. But this year it was closed half way along because of fires. So our journey ended at Logan Pass Visitor Center in Montana.

At Logan Pass Visitor Center we had time to roam around. I always enjoy an opportunity to get out and stretch my legs. We were close enough to the mountains that it was possible to see some details.

Then back on the Red Jammers. Originally built for sightseeing in the US National Park System, these 25-foot long touring coaches with individual doors for each row, were restored in 2000 by the Ford Motor Company and are the only remaining buses of their kind in operation today. Just touring in the coaches was fun in itself.

We returned to our hotel in Waterton, Alberta, a very sweet little tourist town that I could see visiting again. We decided to eat at the same restaurant with a river view where we had enjoyed dinner the night before, Bayshore Lakeside Chophouse, attached to the hotel.