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promise

After posting somewht blurry pictures of my friends’ cats the other day, I promised that I would try to get pictures of the cats at rest.

As you might imagine, photographing cats is all about trust, and it has taken these cats a few days stop skittering off as soon as I come into the room.

It is a little surprising that they have accepted me already since I have been out of the house more than in it this last week, but maybe they remember me from last summer.

Eddie

Eddie

La La

La La

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smelling the ocean

It hit me the minute the automatic doors at the airport slid open.  The tide must have been out and the air was thick with the smell (not a scent, a real smell) of the ocean.  The Atlantic Ocean.

at the beach in Maine

at the beach in Maine

Somehow the Pacific Ocean doesn’t have the same funky, almost foetid, low tide smell.  There might be a scientific explanation for that — maybe the winds blow differently, or the seaweed is different, or the sand.  Or it could just be that the smell of the Pacific Ocean doesn’t remind me of home, yet.

at the beach in Oregon

at the beach in Oregon

Is there a way to capture  smells?  Take them with you so that when you are far away you can haul them out and feel at home?

lobsters

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So here I am in Maine, first afternoon, out driving around, and I realize that I forgot my camera.  As I drive there are many things I want to photograph but can’t:  my favorite sign, a familiar view, a farmstand stocked with summer produce.  I’ll have to make time to take that road again before I head home.

Instead of taking those pictures, I finish my visits, head over for my first night of work to meet the students I’ll be working with for the next week, and then come back to my friends’ house and snap some garden and cat pictures before the sun sets.

The flowers are obedient, standing quietly in the evening sun, not even shifting in the faint breeze.

blackeyedsusan

queenanneslace

barnandflowers

This being Maine in the summer, the mosquitoes are thick in the air and I quickly decide to move inside.  There I am met by Eddie and LaLa, who are not quite as eager to pose for me; but I catch them in their various acts anyway.

Eddie first:

eddieandflowers

eddieinmotion

and then LaLa:

lalainmotion

I’ll have to try to get them to sit still for me over the next few days!

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