We’ve been busy. And now we’re kaputt…

After having two weeks of holidays, starting last Monday we’ve got new windows built into our flat – the whole flat, so all the furniture, computers etc. which was in the way had to be moved, all things which had any value had to be covered, and so on and so forth. A first time for me to actually live in/on a construction zone…

Anyway, we’re almost done. And now we’re kaputt, even our small visitor from the neighbourhood is as you can see:

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Having new windows built in is sooo exhausting, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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Sooo kaputt, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

As you can see, I can take photos and also type again, and my computer has internet again (no WiFi on this machine). The rest will follow…

As always, thanks for reading.

A Cookie on my chair

Today someone had let “Cookie” the neighbours’ cat in, and so first he woke me up, and later when I came into our living room he had occupied my chair. So I took a chance to take his portrait:

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A neighbour’s cat which we named “Cookie”, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

As always, thanks for viewing.

Another chair, another cat

Took this with my employers’ iPhone while having breakfast this morning – “Cookie” on my new/old computer chair:

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Another chair, another cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

“Out-of-camera image” from the iPhone SE (2020) with 4mm, f/1.8, 1/17s, ISO640. As always, thanks for viewing.

Edit: here’s the same photo with a Kodak Tri-X film simulation added in RawTherapee 5.8 on my employers’ notebook (just before I had to start working):

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Another chair, another cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

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Cool :)

One of the neighbours’ cats just walked over my notebook, pressing the key combination to take a screenshot. So he’s an IT cat… interesting…

… and yes, we’re open for visitors. Both human & feline… 🙂

Image by: https://bestanimations.com/gifs/pretty-orange-cat.html

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

Partly in the shade

Took this one of “Cookie” today, with a Panasonic 35-100mm zoom lens (set to about 64mm) on my camera:

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Partly in the shade, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

I used an Ilford HP-5+ film simulation within RawTherapee, and corrected the exposure about hald a step down.

As always, thanks for viewing.

A proper cat fight

Today the two neighbours’ cats who sometimes visit us got into some kind of turf war – don’t know if it was the weather, or us treating them all nicely, but somehow they wanted to check out property questions, or whatever. Zuleikha made videos short before it, and when they finally decided to argue, I was sitting there with my camera in my hands, with the 17mm Olympus lens mounted and the camera set to black & white:

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Cat fight 1/4, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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Cat fight 2/4, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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Cat fight 3/4, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/wjlonien/51257472374/in/dateposted-public/

Don’t assume from this last photo that “Milka” (the white and colourful one) somehow “won” this fight – perhaps it hasn’t even ended or even begun yet – because he/she was the first one to leave after a while. But “Cookie” as Mitchie called that Asian brown one went just a few seconds later, so maybe they fought it out somewhere else as well. Or they are kind of friends, who knows?

Anyway, it’s nice to have those visitors, we’re always glad if one (or both) of them show up.

As always, thanks for viewing, and for reading.

More visitors

I’ve written about the neighbours’ cats already, and that some of them are now visiting us – which they do on a more or less regular basis now, at least two of them, “Milka”, and “Cookie”. They even come inside now that our old friend isn’t around anymore to turn them away. But we won’t ‘lure’ them in, or bribe them with food – we’re sure they would be missed by someone… anyway, here are some photos I took since late April:

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“Milka”
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“Cookie”
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It’s nice to have them visiting us, but as I wrote above, no food, and the cat toilet and other stuff are packed away as well. At the moment, this isn’t a home for cats, sorry… still missing our Tuna too much…

As always, thanks for viewing, and for reading.

Rest in peace, Tuna

Oh man – it’s so hard to write this…

On Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at 10:30am, our little furry friend of 11 years passed away.

Tuna (which was the name Zuleikha gave her) chose us as her family, not vice versa. She must have “belonged” to someone else before since she had a flea collar when in July of 2010 I took the first photo of her sitting on our fence like this:

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A cat with no name (yet), Mörfelden-Walldorf 2010

About three months later she came in, ate, slept, and stayed pretty much forever. Until that Saturday 2 weeks ago.

I have countless photos and also some videos of her, some of which are in an album on Flickr, so go there if you want to see them. For here, and for now, I’ll only show you our “Easter Greeting” photo from last year:

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Easter greetings to all cats and humans, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

And the one which is still my background wallpaper on this Debian Linux machine on which I’m currently typing this, and also the company’s work notebook which runs Red Hat Linux. It’s Tuna on a hot day on our veranda, taken with my 25mm lens wide open:

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Tuna enjoying 28 degrees, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

We buried her last Wednesday at an animal cemetery in Frankfurt Rödelheim, which is the closest to us with a distance of about 20km.

I’ll add a photo of the grave when it has a surrounding like the others.

Don’t know what else to say except that I’m deeply grateful for the 11 wonderful years that she’s spent with us. Thank you my little friend, and rest in peace…

A short walk with Tuna (our cat)

Today I wanted to take a walk again, so I took my camera as usual, and headed out. A few minutes before I did, I had let the cat out at the opposite side (our veranda), so she was through the fence… and when I went I thought why not head into that direction, maybe I’ll see her? And sure, I did. So instead of walking very far, I waited what she was about to do, and simply followed her around some other house, and so on… so here’s Tuna, outside:

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Let’s sharpen our weapons a bit…, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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Another house, another fence, another hunting ground, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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Is anyone looking?, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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Let’s go!, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
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Intruders? Where?, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

After returning home I let her in again – she was waiting in front of our veranda door when I came into our living room – fed her, and the she seemed to think about what just happened…

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In retrospect…, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

And of course, after eating, and cleaning up herself a bit, a cat has to rest…

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Ok, now let’s rest a bit…, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

That was a nice short walk. Interesting to see where she’s roaming around…

And as always, thanks for viewing.

17mm

Last week was my birthday, and I got a new lens: the Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 which is wonderful. Here it is on my camera, took that shot using the Google Pixel 4a phone:

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New (to me) lens, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

Some first images taken with that lens:

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Flowers, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021
Just a little ad…
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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2021

As always, thanks for viewing.