On the Alabama side of the alley shared with Mississippi, Goose surprised by pussyfooting along a roof and fence before entering eves of a carport. The sighting was chance, as my wife and I walked that way seeking shade. But he wasn’t alone. Goose pursued a stunning shorthair seeking distance in what appeared to be an odd territorial skirmish—strange since he lives elsewhere on the block.
I hadn’t encountered the newcomer before that day, Aug. 4, 2021, or since. Because of the side of alley seen, he (or she) becomes the seventy-first Alabama Street cat—and I wouldn’t be shocked to discover that the beastie belongs somewhere else. For rich fur color, the Siamese earns nickname Mocha.
The Featured Image and first companion show Mocha emerging from under a parked vehicle, with Goose closing in (but unseen). Vitals, aperture manually set for all: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/400sec, 28mm; 9:43 p.m. PDT. The other is same, but 1/320 sec. The last shot shows Goose, not long after we saw him skulking about the carport. Vitals: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, 28mm; 9:41 a.m; Leica Q2 for the set. The pair disappeared down the alley—cat-and-mouse style, among parked cars.
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