Tale of A Cat

Growing up on Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan, in the small city of Marquette, our family always had pets. And, at one point, we owned a black-and-gray striped cat named Bootsy.

He was an indoor-outdoor cat, and, when inside, enjoyed sitting by the large picture window in the living room, at the front of the house.

There were lots of kids in the neighborhood at that time, so it was common for friends to come over and visit. We also had a doorbell with a glowing light.

Once, the doorbell rang and I went to see who it was, opening only the main door but not the screen door. I looked but nobody was there.

At that time, a common prank which children enjoyed was called ditching doorbells – ringing someone’s doorbell & running away.

Assuming this was the case, I closed the door and began to walk back into the house. Just then, it rang again. I turned around quickly and opened both doors, stepping out on to the front porch to see who it was – but, there was no person in sight.

However, an explanation quickly became apparent. It was our cat!

As the front porch was visible from the living room window, he could see people come to our house, press the glowing doorbell, hear the sound of the doorbell, and then watch us react by opening the door.

On his own, Bootsy learned he could get on the milk box, and then jump up on top of the mailbox, from which he could lean against the doorbell, letting us know when he wanted to come inside. That education was a game-changer for a cat.

The question: did we own the cat, or did he own us? I think the latter.

© 2021 Phil Perkins

Coyote

Perhaps someone fed this coyote. Or, maybe dropped some food by accident. For that matter, the smell of food may have been present. Whatever the case, I photographed this coyote – a smaller species of canine closely related to the wolf, native to North America – loitering near a parking area in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Prints available at Pixels, ArtFlakes and ArtPal.

Grey Heron Fishing

As I approached Richland Creek, I spotted this large Grey Heron standing attentive on a boulder, approximately 40-feet away, and used my zoom lens to get a closer shot. It was apparent, judging from water marks on the rock (see lower right corner) that this bird had been in and out of the water more than once. Though aware of my proximity, the Grey Herron remained focused, waiting and watching for an unsuspecting fish, until an opportunity presented itself – lunch! If you’d like an opportunity to enjoy a print, several options are available in my gallery at Fine Art America – check it out!

Watch Your Step

If you’re following this concrete stairway into nature, I hope that you don’t mind getting your feet wet – watch your step! This photo was taken at the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, in Tennessee. Prints are available in my gallery.

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3D Sci Fi Space Pod

A recent observation using the James Webb Space Telescope revealed an unexplained three dimensional object resembling a futuristic flower of science fiction. Though light years away, scientists are nevertheless scrambling to discern the nature of this discovery and any potential impact on planet Earth. In the meantime, guests are invited to explore my gallery at Redbubble for out of this world items…

Abstract Digital Eye

An abstract eye with rings, in a textural sketch featuring geometric shapes, collaged as a pop-art design. Can you see it? Liven up a wall in your home or at the office with a print (framed, canvas or art), or select from a wide assortment of other offerings available in my gallery at Society 6.