Flickr a Week 7a: ‘Lotta Love, ‘Lijah”

Valentine’s Day is for (cat) lovers—isn’t it? For the purpose of our series—and an additional posting, between the two regular entries—yes is the answer. Timing is motivated by something else: Last week, on Nextdoor, one of my neighbors issued the “challenge of posting a picture of their pet…The goal is to flood NDoor with positive pet pictures instead of negativity”. Let’s bring some of that positivity here, and even more.

With that introduction, please meet Lisa Zins and her photographic feline in self-titled “Lotta Love, ‘Lijah’“. She explains, about the portrait: “Elijah is always ready to pose for a picture. The little bottle of hearts are ‘sprinkles’ for cookies. I thought that a ‘Lotta Love’ is something that we all need. :)” Indeed it is.

Lisa made the moment on Feb. 3, 2020, using Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Vitals: f/4.5, ISO 250, 1/60 sec, 35mm.

Gotta say, if not for the holiday, we would have featured another shot of Elijah: Self-titled “Uh-Oh !! Did she say ‘Vet’ ??“, which is such great art you might think that it’s fake (I don’t). What a fantastic expression and accompanying caption. But the day surrenders to pink and white hearts and to a cat whose posture says that he is the unequivocal king of this castle of love. I sometimes wonder who owns who in these putty-tat and human relationships. People train dogs. Cats train us, I swear.

Lisa, who joined Flickr in April 2013, must be doing something right with her photography, based on the number of comments and favs to pics posted to her Photostream, which features much more than cats. She explains:

We live on Old Hickory Lake in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. There are many different species of birds, insects, and wildlife. We have quite a few hawks and owls living/nesting in our immediate area and eagles and vultures that are nearby…Most every picture that I take/post was taken in my yard, my neighborhood, or out a window of my house…I have found that I like taking macro photos the best. I can’t believe that I actually like to see what bugs look like up close!

Lisa says she suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which means she “cannot spend a lot of time on the computer, so for now my photos have limited editing. Very basic. I would like to be able to spend more time taking photos but that is also limited. This is why most all of my photos are taken at home”.

Photo Credit: Lisa Zins