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Tower of Cat: 1973

Tower of Cat: 1973

Did you know that cats like to be inside things? Oh, OK. But nobody at our place expected this. Seen here, the top of the windmill has been stored away for either safe-keeping or the approaching winter; a wind-driven wheel animated a farmer chopping wood. I forget how, why or possibly from whom we got it, but almost immediately upon installation Kitty crawled into it and forever after it led her top ten list of favorite places in our Larkspur, California yard. I shot this in fall 1973 on glorious Kodachrome. Sharp-eyed folk will note it's partly double-exposed. View full size.

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those wind driven devices are. There is a front yard in Tulelake (near the horseradish factory) that is covered with whirligigs and is quite a sight (and sound) when the wind is blowing.

Blurry Lurker

Looks like someone in a green sweater is lurking in the background. Holding something white under their arm?

Maine Coon Cat?

Hey, tterrace--

Cool photo! We had a Maine Coon cat who looked just like that one, and he evidently had the same personality. He would look askance at me as though he was reserving judgement on what was going on. He was a 16-pounder and brooked no nonsense.

Another place cats love is empty, open, guitar cases. I even spoke to a major guitar company about producing little guitar cases just for cats to relax in, but I could never get them to take my idea seriously. I think hardshell plush-lined Cat Cases would SELL!

Is She



Habits of Felis silvestris catus

A favored lounging spot of every cat I ever owned is square in the middle of any newspaper (remember those?) just spread out for my perusal. Something in the feline gene induces kitty torpor mode at the sight, sound and feel of fresh newsprint. Or perhaps they just enjoy being the center of attention.

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