Tag: Cats of University Heights

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The Cats of University Heights: Scout

On a March 22, 2016 Campus and North Avenues Cat Walk, I spotted Scout—well, my nickname for him. I’ve looked for, but not seen, the furball since. I shot both photos at 6:12 p.m. PDT using the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR lens. Another capture was botched, despite best composition of the three, because the focal point fell on the grass instead of the animal.

My guess, looking at the colorization of the images, I used the camera’s Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode, which is a delight. If I rightly recall, Fuji introduced the filter first for the X100T, which I owned before buying the X-T1 in July 2015. 

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The Cats of University Heights: Frenemy

Neighborhood tortoise Morla shares residence with four other animals: Pair of dogs and cats. She has a little house at the end of the driveway, while the the black, whose name I don’t know, moves between the front and backyards. On Nov. 4, 2016, I spotted the feline, as she intently watched birds. Presumably the mammal tolerates the reptile—hence today’s title.

I used iPhone 7 Plus second lens to zoom 2X for both photos. My expectations, with distance to her and head in the shade, were low. But bright green eyes piecing from the shadows make the shot. I present a second, to demonstrate two different characteristics of Apple pic processing. The Featured Image, captured at 9 a.m. PDT, is a 100-percent crop, auto-enhanced in Apple Photos. The second, shot three seconds earlier, is an in-camera HDR composite that’s a little dark for my tastes but reveals more detail. 

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The Cats of University Heights: Jumper

There nights ago, I spotted a neighborhood feline that’s new to me, lounging in an apartment building parking lot on Campus near Meade. While the kitty goes there often, she apparently resides in a house behind. I nickname her Jumper, because she repeatedly leaped in the air chasing something—presumably bugs. Hehe. Naturally, I missed capturing the activity.

The Featured Image is the last of 20. Lying down, Jumper presents a good view of her coloring. I captured the moment at 6:12 p.m. PDT—about 20 minutes after sunset—on Nov. 3, 2016. Before embarking on the photo Cat Walk, I attached the Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR lens to the Fuji X-T1, anticipating low-light shooting. 

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The Cats of University Heights: Fess

My favorite neighborhood cat is an old-timer. Fess (his real name) is at least 12 years-old (that’s how long he has been with his owners). At one time, the Tom Cat roamed a wide territory around Cleveland Ave. and parallel street Maryland. In his youth, he was known to scale fences to poach from other animals’ food dishes.

Now he stays fairly close to home. I often see him, in the driveway of the apartment where he lives, waiting for the master to come home. The gent drives a pick-up truck, and Fess jumps up into the cab when the door opens.

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The Cats of University Heights: Bonded Pair

This is bit of a double repeat. On Oct. 26, 2016, the series featured the cat on the right as Stretch. Two days later, I spotted the pair together, and in rare occasion captured them both looking out, rather than one of them turned away. BTW, both beasts also appear in March 22, 2016 post “Here, Kitty, Kitty“.

Or am I mistaken? Because further comparing the photos from March and October, the cats do look somewhat different to me. Location is the same, but what is the chance that two different pairs hang out at the same place?