A Furry & Feathery Merry Christmas

Spunk helping Laurie wrap presents.


I photographed all the animals Christmas Eve, trying to get them to have a “Merry Christmas” look about them. The birds and Spunk were more than willing participants, Diné was okay with it as long as she didn’t have to get off the heater vent under the bed, but Rosencrantz and Guldenstern took quite a bit of coaxing. Blue, the Boa, opted out because she is getting ready to shed — she has milky-blue eyes and she’s a bit cranky — it’s best to leave a 7 foot long boa constrictor alone when she doesn’t want to be photographed.

Beaker is still looking great after 22 years.


Guildenstern thinking about making a mad dash to get away from the pesky camera.


Søren was more than happy to get in some time in front of the camera.


Rosencrantz was like “You bothering me boy!”


Diné wouldn’t budge from the heater vent under the bed.



Rail Yard Cats


Merry Christmas! You have probably heard of “junkyard dogs” — rail yards have cats. I stopped by the yard where the Santa Fe 292 locomotive is being restored, and there were lots of cats in the rail yard. Most of the cats hid when they saw me approaching the fence —  one cross-eyed kitty was curious, two sat at opposite ends of an old loading dock, while two others watched me from the safety of a stack of railroad ties.