I didn’t get back home until later in the afternoon today and the neighbors had a party going on which kept the cats hesitant to go out back. Then when I took the time to start sweeping up leaves and debris they were even less likely to come out. Only after I gave up with that did anyone come out, and the light was getting a little wonky.
The poor little brain of the SZ, and mine too I suppose had trouble getting consistent look figured out. I think this one turned out ok because there’s enough sky to give light but not to backlight Gus. And so it didn’t go nuts with the fill-in flash.
This is zoomed from all the way across the yard. In the picture above Julie is at the base of the bushes and small trees in the corner in a line behind Gus’ shoulder. Julie was doing his usual thing of keeping his back turned as I took the shot but something in the camera’s noise or pre-flash sensing grabbed his notice and he managed to spin into a good shot.
Before the camera could re-arm he came all the way to me and past to stand facing behind me, facing the other direction, away from me. And also so close the flash would bleach him out too.
Then Gus went to stand nearly in the same spot (you can tell it is a little closer by the diseased Lantana sprig in the right of both shots (behind Gus and in front of Julie).
He’s a bit worried about all the neighbor noise next door and is keeping an eye on it (or really an ear, because the wall is too high to see over). The camera did a decent job, especially on the eyebrow whiskers.
The flash is still too much for the inside, and most of the time you get the eye-gleams to prove it. But when Calla was getting all zany wiggling around and scratching on the steps I had to give it a shot.
So after all the talk of giving Gus a big trim this weekend the only one who got a trim was Calla. Realizing that I wasn’t going to get around to scheduling anything just yet, and that having a short cut in January is pretty silly, I took a whack at getting rid of the biggest problem for her – the ‘bib’ of her shirt front that gets in the way of her grooming herself elsewhere by getting in the way of her licking.
It’s a pretty choppy job and I spent a second session evening out the worst bits here and there but it seemed to get the job done for her.