Weekend Cats: Muhraqa – Israel

Forget Caturday – it seems I am always to busy or preoccupied to be diligent with an actual cat post on Saturday – so I’m renaming it “Weekend Cats!” And once again, I feature a few of these furry friends in Israel (although many are not too friendly, since they are mostly feral). These three cats were roaming the beautiful grounds of Muhraqa Sanctuary and Monastery in Israel.

This feisty cat was pacing the parking lot (1st photo: when we got there, 2nd photo: as we were leaving).

This orange tabby was just chillin’ near the saddled horses.

This cute kitten was actually quite curious – but it wouldn’t come quite close enough for me to touch!


A Photo a Week: Palm Trees with the Rule of Thirds

Nancy Merrill’s topic for her A Photo A Week challenge is “the rule of thirds.” She explains it this way:

The rule of thirds is a standard photographers use to frame their images. You divide the frame into a grid of three across and three down, and then don’t put your subject in the middle square. It’s also best if you can put the focus of your image on one of the grid lines. Just like any really good rule, it’s also fun when you know when to break it. 

For anyone who needs it, here’s a grid for reference. If you want to do portrait orientation, just flip it.

Here are some photos of date palms (photos taken in Israel and Egypt) using the rule of thirds.

FOTD: Dutchman’s Britches

This delicate, tiny flower is called “Dutchman’s Britches” – it looks like (upside down) old fashioned pantaloons that Dutch men used to wear! These flowers are tiny and their bloom fleeting, so often one can pass by without even noticing them, as I would not have if my gardener neighbor hadn’t pointed them out.
Photographed with Samsung Galaxy S7 on April 24, 2019. Posted for Cee’s Flower of the Day, 4/25/19.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Creativity

Lens-Artists’ Photo Challenge #42 is the topic Creativity.

I love to visit cities where I get a surprise free art show! In Lincoln, Nebraska last May, after visiting tourist attractions such as the Capitol and the Sunken Gardens, I Googled restaurants and found Lazlos, in the old part of downtown. After lunch, we walked around and across from the restaurant was an alley that local artists had decorated with murals, whimsical sculptures, and more. It reminded me of Black Cat Alley in Milwaukee, which we had visited the previous November. There were a variety of styles and media.
The face sculptures were done by Mary Kolar and the stars by Ann S.
This family was created by Julie McCullough out of discarded miscellaneous objects.

Andy Peters created a sculpture (at right) using the theme of the painting at left.

I think these are boats?
This 1960s-style mural took up a large section of wall.
I like the way this artist used the contours of the windows when painting this mural.
Jen Gay was the creator of this piece.
And here’s a warning!
A few days later, we spent 3 nights at an Airbnb in Denver hosted by artist Marlene Feinholz. Most of her paintings have local themes, but there are some unusual pieces too.
This space, essentially a “garden apartment” below her residence, used to be her studio, but she decided to move her studio upstairs and rent out the apartment to visitors to Denver. Most of the artwork (with the exception of a couple of Picassos she apparently picked up in Spain) was her own.



Caturday Cats of Israel cont’d

On January 10 at the end of the day, we went to Yardenit Baptism Center on the Jordan River, where I got this shot of a fluffy-tailed tabby.

I saw this black cat perched on top of a bulletin board with photos of people who had been (re)baptized in the Jordan River.

I also saw this unusual looking duck swimming around the area where the baptisms took place. Hoping for tasty morsels, perhaps?