Along Madison near Park Blvd, I observed a fine black-and-white shorthair looking out from an apartment window on Jan. 17, 2021. I snapped a couple of shots and planned to add the animal to the series. He reappeared scrunched in front of the same blinds on several subsequent occasions but never with light as right for a portrait.
Then came the unexpected meeting: February 26, the cat romped about on the same property, nearby sidewalk, and parked cars. He sure looked like an escapee to me, which is why the nickname Alcatraz—for the infamous California prison from which no one (supposedly) successfully made a break and lived.
I used iPhone XS to capture the Featured Image and companions. Vitals: f/2.4, ISO 16, 1/585 sec, 52mm (film equivalent): 10:36 a.m. PST. The second is same but 1/733 sec. The third: f/1.8, ISO 25, 1/1748 sec, 26mm (film equivalent); 10:37 a.m.
After the last shot, he suddenly scampered across the street and down an alley. My heart nearly stopped. That’s a wicked busy intersection, and cars coming up the hill often round the top with too much speed. I haven’t seen Alcatraz since but also no postings to suggest that he escaped.
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