A Secret Garden

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

During a long visit to a local garden last week I sat down to enjoy the view when this sweet cat jumped on my lap, made himself comfortable and quickly dozed off.  Not wanting to disturb him gave me the excuse to sit and enjoy a deeply peaceful moment.  My reward?  He shadowed my movements for a while then made himself at home again, this time in my viewfinder.


  1. I met a friendly cat in Stockholm in one of the restaurants. He fell asleep on my sweater and he looked so cute I had a couple more beers. Not a bad trade off really. Love the photo.


    1. Thank you, Laura. The funny (or frustrating) thing is there was no cropping. The image was so crooked that I almost had to straighten the cat right out of the picture! I need a level on my camera…


    1. Cats have a way of taking charge of new friendships. This one was no different! The funny thing about this shot was it was totally off-kilter. When I straightened it I almost lost the cat. I have a few more really pretty shots from that day, but I’m having a time management problem. Its difficult to keep up with the blog sometimes. How about this weather! Texas is missing the terrible storm. We are as well in Georgia, but terrible wind!!


      1. I hadn’t thought about wind in Georgia, but that storm is 500 miles wide so I guess about everybody east of the Mississippi will get wind and rain? I think the photo is absolutely perfectly composed. It wouldn’t have been nearly as effective if you’d had the whole cat in it! (Sorry, Cat.) You’re using the new camera well. It’s always a little disconcerting until you get the feel of a new camera or lens. The last photo of the sunset looked like an HDR image. Was it?


          1. The truth of the matter is that I have to use my daughter as my editor, because sometimes I simply cannot tell which one is better (or worse) than the other. How sad is that? I saw a quote that read something like, the first 10,000 pictures a photographer takes are worthless. Actually, I think they said “crap.” And I thought, man, I don’t have enough time left in this world to get to 10,001!! I’ll just keep trying, George, and I am eternally grateful for the encouragement.


          2. In that case, all is lost here! Ha Ha. I like doing what I do regardless of the critical eye. It’s fun. I can see that you’re having a good time as you reach for the elusive 1001! I wouldn’t dump any of the ones you have in your portfolio … see? I’m getting the jargon even if I don’t get the technique! 🙂


  2. One shot wonder or not, it is a fabulous shot 🙂 Would love to see the cat…when you have mastered time management of course 🙂 (Do tell me the secret if and when you do)


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