Mancat Monday.

Maxx in September - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Maxx in September – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

This is Maxx’s favorite time of year. It’s not chilly yet but getting there. He can be a snuggly cat when he wants to be, sleeping between us at night, burrowing down into the summer-weight comforter. He can be a bit of a bitey boy too when he wants to be, a leftover habit from his early youngster days spent out looking for food and a home… and maybe a TV remote control in the middle of the night. But overall, he’s just a big, lovey lug. That’s our blue-eyed Maxx.

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Bloopers with Olivia.

Before we go to Olivia’s Bloopers, a quick note about last Wednesday’s Two Word Wednesday post, Viola still defers to her elders and Maxx got the kibble.

Olivia says: Today’s lesson is how NOT to take photos of bee-Yoot-iful black cats like me. My mom, well, she tries but more often than not, she doesn’t get it. She likes taking pictures but I think only so she’ll have something to do, by which I mean “downloading” stuff off her camera… stuff she ends up moving to the trash can. All that clicking, and for what?

Let me show you some of her “work.”

Not the most flattering photo - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Not the most flattering photo – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Surely, no one thinks this is a flattering shot? I suppose if I had thumbs, I could flick that itch away, but noooOOOOoooooo… someone has to have a camera nearby and *click* My tongue. On my nose. All over the Internets. Charming.

Where's the cat? - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Where’s the cat? – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Here’s one that should be entitled, “Photo Basics One-Oh-One: Be mindful of your background,” Subcategory: Be mindful of where your bright light is coming from, Sub-Subcategory: How not to photograph a black cat. Do I have a nose? A mouth? I have no mouth but I must scream… MOM! DO BETTER!

What subject matter? - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

What subject matter? – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Oh, here’s a gem! I remember the day perfectly. It was a Thursday. 2:10 in the afternoon. Outside, a light breeze. Inside, I was putting serious loves on our nip nanner and mom pops around the corner and *click click*

As you can see, I remained the engaging subject, humoring her with her little “hobby.” But clearly the photo begs the question: Who is the subject here? That gorgeous, albeit somewhat washed out, supermodel loving up a nanner, or that doofy orinch cat on the poster behind me? And what’s with the angle? Everyone’s going to wonder why I wasn’t sliding across that tilted floor? Mom, this is wrong on so many levels!

Nice focus! - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Nice focus! – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Really, mom? This… Just… I… I… I have no words.

Feelings of the day - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Feelings of the day – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

And as any good story should, we circle back around to the beginning with another “flattering” tongue shot. No eyes, no cute nose, just a black lump with a bit of tongue expressing the sentiments of the rainy day. Zero in on that tongue again, will you, mom? Well, phffft to you!

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Two Word Wednesday.

A kibble - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

A kibble – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

A kibble.

*Cue dramatic music*

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