Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

Honey has a head full of thick, luxurious hair which he likes to keep cut very short. I often tease him about being a Chia Pet because his hair seems to grow straight out from his head, resulting in some type of white man’s afro in the span of 3-4 weeks.

Karen was surprised the other day when I mentioned that he used to have long hair when he was a child. I know this because of the plethora of pictures that he has produced during our time together. I promised to post a photo for her, so without further ado, here’s the little fellow who grew up to become my valentine:

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Meet Macy Gray

A guy walked into my office this morning carrying a darling kitten and announced, “If no one wants this cat, I’m going to kill it.” Yeah, real classy.

I asked where it came from and he said it was in his truck this morning when he got to work. Apparently, one of the many cats that he owns (and allows to breed uncontrollably) decided to put her kitten in the back of his pickup during the night. After he reaffirmed his intentions to “knock the cat in the head”, I, completely appalled, told him to hand it to me.

Within a few minutes, my foreman came into the office and told me that if I didn’t want to keep it, he would take it home to his son. That was fine by me, since I simply don’t need another pet to take care of.

It soon became apparent that this kitten wasn’t weaned yet, even though it has a nice set of baby teeth. My attempts to get her to drink milk from a saucer resulted in her nearly drowning herself, and she constantly tried to nurse from the tips of my fingers.

After talking to my foreman about this development, we decided that I should take the kitten home and bottle-feed her until she is on solid food. Then, if I’m not too attached, he can take her to his son.

After taking her home, bathing her, and giving her some formula through a bottle, she settled in for a nice long nap. She’s a real cutie and I’ve decided to name her “Macy Gray”.

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Spring awakening

Spring is in the air, so I thought I’d share a really cool photo that I took on May 9, 2003. This baby American Robin was perched under my carport and didn’t seem frightened at all. I was able to get some really great macro shots of him before he flew away.

Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4300

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This is a pair of baby hummingbirds that I photographed a few years ago while they were still in the nest. They were just beginning to get their feathers and were gone a few days later.

I noticed a female hummingbird would always fly to a specific tree after visiting the feeder and wondered if she might be nesting there. After a quick check, I spotted the tiny nest in a branch that was probably 10 feet off the ground. It was situated perfectly so that I could lean my ladder against a nearby garage and take photos without disturbing them.

This is one of the favorite photos that I’ve ever taken. I love the way that the picture is focused on the birds while the surrounding foliage is blurred. I have also included an image of the nest and eggs before they hatched. Yes, that’s a toothpick for size comparison.

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot 5.1-Megapixel 3x Optical/2x Digital Zoom Digital Camera (DSC-W1)

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