Sunday, January 19, 2020

A Camouflaged Sunday Selfie

Due to his gorgeous orange fur, I sometimes feel like Evan is my easiest furbaby to photograph. When he sits in a window and the sunlight hits him, it's like he just glows. The camera loves his orange fur in such instances. On the other hand, due to his orange fur, sometimes Evan camouflages with his home environment.

Evan's orange fur is a bit paler than some other ginger kitties' coats. His slightly pale orange coat sometimes allows Evan to blend in with the tan walls in our house, somewhat evidenced in his selfie for today. He is also very good at camouflaging with the hardwood floors in the house. I can't count how many times I have nearly tripped over this boy because I didn't realize he was sitting on the hardwood floor at my feet.

Do any other kitties out there like to camouflage with walls or floors? Does it ever keep the humans or that silly camera away? Does it allow you to better ambush unsuspecting victims?

Happy Sunday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

I thought I'd note that for the next couple of days you'll only be seeing flashback doodles. Most of these will be doodles in one particular wintry series I scribbled up last year. The reason for this stint of flashback doodles is that early last week I pulled a muscle in my neck and dominant shoulder, and things like looking down and writing or drawing were not all that easy to do. I had to set my sketchbook aside for a number of days, and so no new drawings were created in that time. I'm pretty much back to my normal, mobile self now, though, and so I'll finally get to create the new drawings I have all planned out. I'll be doodling those up in the days that I'm sharing the upcoming flashbacks.

The above rambling aside, below is the first flashback doodle in the series we're re-sharing from last year. This doodle and the others in this series were inspired by my angel Rosie. For those who might not know or might not remember, Rosie was the calico kitty who was in my life from the time I was 4 until I was 26 years old. From my childhood to my adulthood, Rosie was and always will be the unconditional best friend by my side and in my heart and mind.

Though I of course never made Rosie sit on a cold park bench to read with me in the snow, Rosie did indeed keep me company on every single winter break I ever had, from kindergarten through my senior year of college. A lot of reading was done during those breaks, and Rosie of course kept me company as I flipped through the pages. She and I went through so many bookish adventures together.

Tip of the Day

Today's winter safety tip regards none other than frozen water. If you and your furbaby go out for walks, be careful of frozen ponds, lakes, and so forth. If you live or walk in an area where there is any sort of body of water, be very careful that you are aware of its location. Snow and ice can easily camouflage the frozen surface of water, beneath which danger awaits. To be better safe than sorry, simply avoid walking in areas where you know or think there are ponds, lakes, or any body of water. It is of course also safest to keep your walking pup or kitty on a leash and near to you, so that they cannot stray far and inadvertently find themselves on or in frozen water. A white winter scene can be beautiful, but also holds many dangers. Be aware of these dangers, and plan walks and other activities with your furbaby accordingly.


The Island Cats said...

Evan is so handsome! Being a black cat makes me hard to see sometimes, especially at night. ~Ernie

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

Oh yes we all love to camouflage ourselves although it is easier for some of us than others. Yin absolutely loves the black pillow that she sort of melts into. The rest of us have a bit harder time with camouflage although Tuiren did a great job hiding in some leaves, it took Mom forever to find her and Chimera did a wonderful job hiding behind a computer monitor. And believe it or not Fenris can curl up in a corner and become invisible he is very good at it.

Catscue Catmom said...

I just love Ginger boys, especially Evan! What a beautiful boy. I'm so sorry you've heart your neck and shoulder - ouch! Sending purrs and prayers and POTP for quick healing.

Poor Kai likes to nap on a chair that I put my backpack on, she is solid black and the chair is in a shadowy area and it has a dark cushion - she gets backpack head a lot - MOL!

meowmeowmans said...

Evan is so handsome! We sometimes don't see Gracie and Ava at night, sionce they are housepanthers. :)

Your doodle is so sweet. I love this memory of you and your Angel Rosie.

Marg said...

Evan, you are one handsome cat for sure. We are very fond of Orange cats. And the doodle is terrific too.Have a great day.

Erin the Cat Princess said...

Evan sure is photogenic, whatever that is ;) Anyways, his fur really does show up well, like golden waves of all nice edible things – like the sugar and spice nursery rhyme :)

Furries said...

I think the background is perfect. A selfie in monochromatic hues.

pilch92 said...

Nice shot of Evan, it would make a fun puzzle. Cute drawing and excellent tips. How blessed you were to have Rosie for so long.

Dash Kitten Crew said...

Even likes to live dangerously eh? Still takes a lovely selfie though!!

Andrea said...

Yes, my glamour Glitter is a tortoiseshell and is hard to see in the dark. I've tripped over her many times.

Eastside Cats said...

Anywhere there is shadow, Da Boyz can hide without detection! That is, until they open their eyes...hehehe!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Gorgeous selfie and darling art! Yes, Mudpie frequently gets stepped on or run into in the dark :) The poor dear has learned to sometimes meow when someone is approaching her as a warning that she's there LOL

Pam and Teddy said...

Love "orangies" !!! Hi Evan!

Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

messymimi said...

Every cat folds up like a pocket handkerchief and pulls on a cloak of invisibility when they really, really want to. Meanwhile, Evan is looking good even with the blending into the walls thing.

Reading with a cat in your lap is bliss.