Tag Archives: feral cats

Picture of the Moment—Run! He wants to put us on Facebook! Run!

Picture of the Moment

I like to get action pictures of wildlife. That was difficult until recently. I bought a Tamron 150-600 mm lens and replaced my 9-year-old Tamron 28-300 mm lens with a Tamron 18-300 mm. The 18-300 is my daily walkaround lens although the 150-600 is always in the trunk of the car. The 18-300 is best for outdoor spontaneous action because it is lighter and focuses faster. The 150-600 is best for getting through wire fences such as those which surround many enclosures at the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Lions Tigers & Bears, Discovery Nature Center, and others.

Following is one of my best action pictures ever, taken at the San Diego Jetty while I was visiting the Jetty Cats feral colony.

Run! He wants to put us on Facebook! Run!Seagulls running

Many decades ago I was reading an interview with a photographer from National Geographic magazine. One of the questions concerned how he got such great shots of wildlife. His answer was that he always focused on the eyes. If he did that, everything else would fall into place.

I focused on the eyes of that first seagull, but by the time I pushed the shutter button, the birds had moved so that it looks like I focused on the eye of the second seagull because it’s just ever so slightly more in focus. I was about 50 feet from these birds and the picture metadata shows a shutter speed of 1/250, which is why I got such good motion in the wings and legs. It was taken with the 150-600 lens but the focal length was 150 and the f/stop was 5.0.

I will have more pictures in the next few days of wildlife from the San Diego Jetty, including, of course, the Jetty Cats.

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

Advertisements

Who are you and what are you doing here?

Out & About

This morning I took my new Tamron 150-600mm lens out to the the most southwesterly point in the lower 48 states. I visited Border Field State Park, International Park (where there were great views of the border wall which was built here a decade ago), Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tijuana River County Open Space, and Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. Lots of interesting sights, and some of the Border Patrol agents thought I was an interesting sight…………….

Over at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve I saw a couple of wild dogs. All by themselves (it was 6:45 a.m.). They were quite afraid of me but with my lens I was able to follow them for quite a distance. They knew where they were going. Sadly, the bushes and grasses prevented me from getting any good pictures of those two.

Later on, over somewhere in International Park, I came across a feral cat. All alone out in the wilderness. Very pretty but very afraid of me. I used every mm of that 600mm to get two pictures, and as I got closer s/he quickly took off into the cover of the bushes and trees.

Feral cat, Tijuana estuary, San Diego CA

Feral cat, Tijuana estuary, San Diego CA

I think I caught her taking a cat nap in the first picture but the shutter noise woke her up. Look how big those eyes got in the second picture, like, “Who are you and what are you doing here?”

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Out & About—They had cats!

Out & About San Diego

I delivered packages for Amazon Prime Now from October 2015 to August 2016. During that time, most of the orders to be delivered were just a few of sacks of groceries. One day, though, I only had one order, but the complete order of over twenty sacks filled the trunk and the interior of my car to capacity. Everything was going to what I now know is a Buddhist temple. Looked like this:

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

The temple actually was split in two with the other half being located a block away:

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

I know absolutely nothing at all about Buddhism so I went to Wikipedia for help.

Buddhism is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. Buddhism originated in India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia, whereafter it declined in India during the middle ages. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada (Pali: “The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana (Sanskrit: “The Great Vehicle”). Buddhism is the world’s fourth-largest religion, with over 500 million followers or 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.

Buddhist schools vary on the exact nature of the path to liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices. Practices of Buddhism include taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, study of scriptures, observance of moral precepts, renunciation of craving and attachment, the practice of meditation (including calm and insight), the cultivation of wisdom, loving-kindness and compassion, the Mahayana practice of bodhicitta and the Vajrayana practices of generation stage and completion stage.

In Theravada the ultimate goal is the attainment of the sublime state of Nirvana, achieved by practicing the Noble Eightfold Path (also known as the Middle Way), thus escaping what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth. Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

Hmmm. I fear that I still know absolutely nothing about Buddhism….

While I was roaming around, I got pictures of four cats making their homes on the property:

Buddhist Temple cat

Buddhist Temple cat

Buddhist Temple cat

Buddhist Temple cat

I don’t care who you are or what you believe, if you are a kind enough human to take care of the most vulnerable among us, including wildlife but especially cats and dogs, you’re alright with me.

Following are some other pictures of the Temple buildings and grounds:

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

Buddhist Temple in San Diego, California

I admit that when it comes to religious buildings, I find most of them interesting but gaudy. With the money that it took to build them, I wonder how many homeless could have been sheltered, how many sick could have been cured, how many hungry could have been fed.

Do the all-powerful, all-knowing gods of the world’s religions really care so little about people worshipping differently, or worshipping others? Are they really sitting there watching television and rooting for their favorite football or basketball superstar?

This touchdown is for you, Jesus

This post approved by
This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Home Depot cat

Caturday — Business cats & dreaming cats

Cats

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I am thrilled whenever I visit a business and find that the business and its employees have adopted a feral cat.

Recently I was shopping at a Home Depot that I don’t normally shop at.

It’s actually closer than the one I prefer but traffic is worse going in that direction.

However, they have adopted not one feral cat but two! I think I’ll be shopping at that location more often.

Home Depot cat

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Home Depot cat

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Home Depot cat

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Home Depot cat

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Both cats trusted me enough to let me pet them, especially the orange one.

In the wee hours of the morning today, I was successful at getting a video of Zoey the Cool Cat in the throes of wild dreams about catching birds. Not the best video but so far the only one I’ve been able to get of her dreaming. When you see it, you’ll understand why I’m trying to get a good video of this little princess in her dream state.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend
James Frimmer, Realtor
Century 21 Award, BRE #01458572

If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!Real Estate Solutions

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos