This has become our evening ritual. I sit down to dinner and Olivia Wigglebothum waits patiently for THE STRING.
I keep THE STRING hidden. She can only play with it under supervision after infamously hogtying herself.
THE STRING gets dragged around and repeatedly taken to the box that dominates our living room. I just have to securely hold the other end.
People keep sharing articles with me about Hisakata Hiroyuki’s photography project with street cats. He captures what every cat owner knows: cats are amazingly bendy and can dance through the air. The photos are colorful and dynamic. I particularly like the one where a cat appears to be dancing in a twinkling field of flowers.
Every once in awhile, I try to recreate popular cat related experiments and photo shoots. I can assure you that my cats do not care about cucumbers. They spent most of the time licking them. We’ve tried Maru’s slide through a box: meh success. Years ago, Bella and I spent some time playing around with black and white photos after I attended a photo exhibit by Tony Mendoza of Ernie the Cat.
Practically as cool as Ernie the Cat.
So when Olivia Wigglebothum was begging for play time in a convenient sun spot, I gave kung fu kitty photos a chance. It became immediately clear that Hiroyuki has a better set up and/or far more coordination than I do. I’m right handed so the camera was steadiest in that hand, but my left hand’s ability to flip the string in an alluring way was suspect. However, 50 photos later there was some undeniable karate kitten cuteness.
Airborne, but blurry.
Caught it, but seems confused. I love her planted hind feet.
Had it! Cat tongue!Anticipation. Whiskers at the ready.