Kaden ~ 9 Months

This adorable little guy came to see me on Thursday for his 9 month pictures. He’s just the sweetest thing, and he has the most gorgeous eyes.  Here are a few of my favorites…the kid seriously can’t take a bad pic!

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Bronson’s Birth

Last Monday my 4th grandchild made his entrance into the world, it was a long labor, I think he started having 2nd thoughts, but at 9:26 pm he finally made his grand entrance.

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Winter Visitors

I love to photograph the array of visitors that come to my feeder in the Winter. I’ve had far more Blue Jays this year than in the past, and lots of Dark Eyed Juncos this week, which means Winter will be here for awhile, even though they are cute little birds, I am never sad when they go.

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Frosty Tranquility

I am a person who finds great peace in nature, no matter where I can find it, even in my own backyard. I love the quiet serenity that the mornings bring, so it should be of no surprise that mornings are my favorite time to shoot. Winter is a challenge to any photographer, but that’s part of the fun…finding beauty in the drab grayness of Winter.

The textures used on some of these photographs are the work of the talented Joel Olives!

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Christmas Chloe

Last week, I got to spend time with this lil cutie,  and much like my own grandchildren, I fear she’s getting sick of my camera in her face, but she’s just so cute!

I had to include the dog, that face just screamed…blog me too!

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The Weaver Family

Last weekend I went out to photograph this gorgeous family. It was cold…much colder than it was supposed to be, but they toughed it out and we got some great shots along the way.

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Ming’s Story

Last week I shared some photos and told you about  FFRC, the rescue center where I found my cat Ming, but I didn’t tell you much about Ming. This week I’m sharing his story.

This is what Jacci (the woman who runs the center) had to say about Ming soon after he came in.

 Ming–a wonderful cat, but with many problems.
Who knows what happened to him before his arrival. My first thought when he arrived was that he was “put together incorrectly”. His eyes are very deep seated and very narrow on his face. He’s a crypt cat–meaning one of his testicles was retained (this does happen, but another aspect of his physical build), his hips are not correctly placed which means his legs and feet (rear) are at 90 degree angles to his body. His tail has two severe malformations in it. It very much appears that he is “lost in his thoughts”. This was again evidenced yesterday while Dr. Darcy and I was observing him. If a blind cat gets in a corner, they figure it out pretty quickly how to move out of the corner. A cat with brain trauma has more problems–there’s a constant back and forth, simply moving within the corner and having a hard time exiting it. It took him 6-7 minutes several different times yesterday to get out of the corner. He also constantly paces–having a hard time settling down. Only once have we seen him bat at a toy, sometimes he lays down only to immediately get up again. It appears that he has trouble “settling”. When he’s awake, it’s a constant pacing for him–another indicator of brain trauma. He seems to be “within himself, in his own world”. Dr. Darcy believes these things are all related and to a cerebrum trauma (not a cerebellar problems like the CH cats–it’s completely different). This morning he purred and kneaded! He also is painfully thin with no appetite. He does try to eat now, but it takes him so very very long to eat just a little. It’s like his desire for food is not there. This also, according to Dr. Darcy can be from brain trauma–the signal for hunger is not there. So…..what does this all mean? We’re not sure, other than we love him and want him to be happy in his own world. Time will tell–it’s not thought there will be much improvement, we just don’t want any progression of this. We’ll love him and help him.

As you can tell it didn’t sound like there was much hope for my boy :( but what a difference a year and a half makes. He really shows no sign of his brain trauma anymore, although he can see, his vision is limited and he will always be knock knee’d. It just adds to his charm.

He is loved by so many people, and when I call him King Ming, it’s because he really is…no..really, he is. They had a Catapalooza fundraiser for the center, and the cats with the most donations for their story got to be King and Queen,  my sweet Ming was crowned King that day. I’ve been overwhelmed with just how many people love and want to know how Ming is. I think people connect with him because they saw all the things he overcame, to become the beautiful, loving boy he is today. It makes me happy knowing his story brings hope to others and makes them happy.

Here is Ming a few days after he was brought to the center. Photo credit to FFRC

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The King’s Coronation with Queen Zelda

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Friends of Felines Rescue Center

Soon after my beloved Daisy passed away, my youngest daughter started watching a webcam in a cat rescue center. Every day she would tell me about all the cats, and that the center was right here in Ohio. My oldest daughter started watching the cam as well, and decided she wanted to adopt a kitten from there. The girls went and fell in love with the center and all the cats that were there. My oldest adopted a tuxie kitten that she named Megan, after the person who had rescued her.

I would watch the cam off and on and became intrigued with one cat in particular. He’s a little bit of a loner, has poor vision, and he’s knock knee’d, but he’s loving and full of personality. I figured with his problems, (which aren’t problems for him) that he was a resident of the center and not up for adoption, but he was, and the girls kept telling me that he would be the perfect cat for me, but my heart was still broken over the loss of my girl.  This went on for months, and slowly but surely, being the animal lover that I am, I knew that I would need another pet in my life, which brings us to yesterday…

Yesterday, 2 of my girls and I , took a trip to the Friends of Felines Rescue Center in Defiance, to pick up Ming! Ming was a mess when he came in and even though he has some noticeable differences about him, he is a healthy, happy, loving boy today, and it’s all due to the work of the wonderful people at FFRC.  They are a non-profit organization, that takes in cats who would otherwise be doomed. These cats are all loving and happy because they know they are in a safe place, that is full of love. They are not kept in cages there and are free to be themselves. Many of the cats there are residents, mostly due to health issues and for their own safety, but there are also many that are up for adoption. If you’re interested in checking FFRC out, they have a webcam, where you can see the kitties in action, you can find it here FFRC Webcam. Places like this are able to do what they do through donations and support from others, so if you’re looking for a worthwhile cause, this is certainly a place that’s worth your time and support. If you’re interested in seeing my boy Ming’s story, you can find it here, it’s the first one. If you have time, please listen to some of the others stories, to see what a wonderful place this is, and how it’s touched so many lives.

Of course, while I was there yesterday I took photos of many of the cats. The cats with collars on, are permanent residents of the center, the ones without, are up for adoption.

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Winter Birds

We always put a feeder out in the winter for our feathered friends, in addition to helping them, it helps me, since I get to photograph them :)

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Cute (but chilly) Family Session

After several indoor shoots, I finally got this family outside! It was a little on the chilly side, so I may never get them out for pics again. I hope they venture out with me again cause this is my favorite session with them so far. Little Daven is just adorable!

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