Naturally, when I later saw the themes here at Ziva's...I could have kicked myself...but since I recently had ingrown toenail surgery...I didn't. I instead looked around for something else which might portray "waiting"...so I waited...until another opportunity would come along.
While you're waiting to read what I came up with...check out these other participants and don't make them wait too long before you do: MikeWJ, Nicky and Mike, Mo, Meleah, John, aka nonamedufus, Bryan, aka Unfinished Person, Malisa, Nora, LaughingMom, Tanya, Elizabeth A., 00dozo, Cheryl, Kristen, Katherine, and Ziva.
Day 10: Waiting
This is our cat, Chupie (short for Chupacabra). Chupie, since he is orange and I hold a disdain for all orange cats, he doesn't get a whole lot of attention here. You see, we have a bunch of cuter cats and they end up "winning" us over based on looks alone...so, yes, the orange cat comes in last...there's always a cat that comes in last and in our house, it's poor Chupie. Because of this, Chupie swells with happiness if we even look at him...and he can purr so loudly, I swear it can be heard from a couple rooms away.
So the other evening as it was getting late, I noticed him just staring forward, not moving a muscle. Usually, if I would have called his name - he would have come running...because any opportunity to be pet is foremost on this cat's list. But he just stayed...eyes fixated in front. I got a little worried that maybe he was hurt in some way...maybe an animal attacked him - or maybe he was hit by a car...or maybe he was just waiting for something to pop out of a little hole which was about one foot directly in front of him.
For at least three hours he sat and waited. Persistence like this, I thought, should not go unnoticed...so I finally grabbed my camera and took about 10 shots of him before the battery died. He, staying true to cat stalker protocol, didn't budge an inch. He might have looked at me a little...but only his eyeballs moved. His head stayed steadfast and unwavering...waiting...waiting.
Me...I gave up after the shots - but he remained for a couple more hours. Whatever was in that hole must have been the stuff that cat dreams are made of...and, the next day...he was at his post again. Now, that is quiet determination.
Whether this is a better shot than the I-85 standstill would have been...eh, I have my doubts; but this one (yes, wait for it) was definitely the more purrfect.
(The hole, if you cannot find it...is the dug up bit straight ahead of his gaze...next to the tiny clump of grass.)
Cat's aren't persistent. They just know how to sleep with their eyes closed.ReplyDelete
Feeling a little like Linda today. Third time lucky in getting my comment posted.
No...cats are very persistent.ReplyDelete
I don't know what it is - but I only managed to get in maybe FOUR comments today at the other blogger sites. Less than yesterday. I have no clue why. I'm going to try again a little later (do some waiting of my own) and try my son's computer...see if it works better. Maybe mine is just too damned old...who knows.
Same thing happened to me on 85 trying to get to ATL on day because there was a jumper on one of the overpasses. It can be a real bitch.ReplyDelete
Love the kitty! I can sense his focus.
What a cutie! Cats are amazing hunters, probably because they can remain so focused for so long. I'd fall asleep.ReplyDelete
Our cat wouldn't be this persistent. He'd grow bored after at least an hour. :)ReplyDelete
As for the commenting, I know if I sign in with openID or with a Google account, and a Blogger site has word verification, it doesn't work as well. Try shutting off the word verification.
Cute idea! We often see our neighbors orange cat perched just like this under our bird feeder. I think that the cats think they are invisible if they don't move.ReplyDelete
Oh, more cats! There can never be too many cats, or beavers, on the internet. I don't think our lazy cats would have been that persistent, they would have fallen asleep after five minutes. ;)ReplyDelete
In some ways, as I also hate orange and dislike cats, I'm waiting for an orange cat to invade our house so that I can neglect it.ReplyDelete
I'm kidding of course. I actually quite like oranges...
I'm sick of cats, sick of beavers. The Internet's chock full of both. But it's amazing that any animal, let alone a house cat, would sit crouched beside a hole in the ground for that long. Good eye, Mariann.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure if chipmunks live in little holes like this, but my son told me there was a dead one outside the kitchen door today.ReplyDelete
I guess I'll have to see if he's hanging by the hole or not.
I really like this photo - I understand the persistence - or should I say, "stubbornness" - of cats. It really fits today's theme.ReplyDelete
(Oh, and I hope this gets posted - having a helluva time with Blogger's veri codes.)
I have a half orange and white cat and he's awesome, of course! He does the stalking thing indoors, and I'm usually the target.ReplyDelete
Love the photo :)
Oh yes. Cats are very persistent! And sneaky!ReplyDelete
I hope the poor little guy finally gets some results for his patience.ReplyDelete
(You don't need a photo of that Twilight Zone traffic. You painted it perfectly with your words.)
LaughingMom - I swear they all think they are invisible, too! What's funny is when they "go invisible" underneath something and their tail is still sticking out. ;)ReplyDelete
Silly kitties! :)
Cheryl - I think it might have been the chipmunk. :( I don't mind moles and voles and things that are vermin-ish - but the other day it was a frog with its front arm chewed off and today a chipmunk. I mean, honestly, we feed these things a LOT of food - there is no need. Oh well...at least at this rate I'll have a "bird" photo (for the theme) in the next day or two. ;)