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Thaddeus in repose, Thaddeus hears the camera shutter, Thaddeus

These photos were taken in our backyard, but Thaddeus is not our cat. He belongs to a neighbour who lives on the opposite side of the block, a couple houses over (I know this because of the address handwritten on his collar). However he’s become such a regular visitor (almost daily, usually for hours at a time) that I’ve come to think of him as our part-time cat. The full-time cats live indoors; Thaddeus hangs out in the yard. He naps on the back steps, in the deep shade under the old rhododendron and, as you see here, stretched out on the patio table in the sun. He sits on the table or perches atop the back fence to watch birds (my only concern about his presence - but his collar has a bell, which helps), he occasionally darts after squirrels, hunts the rodents that sometimes appear at the back fence (seldom seen since Thaddeus began visiting), and follows me around while I fill bird feeders and garden. He’s good company, loves to be skritched, and a handsome boy, to be sure.

I’ve seen Thaddeus interacting with a couple other neighbours, spied him peering into their windows as he sometimes does our own, and observed his ongoing rivalry with another outdoor cat who lives down the street. I wonder if his humans have any idea about his active social life.

Portland, OR, May 2014

Shot with a Holga 120CFN
Ilford XP2, exp. 09/09

“The farther you go…the harder it is to return. The world has many edges and it’s easy to fall off.”
—Anderson Cooper, Dispatches from the Edge
Coyote Wall, Columbia River Gorge, Washington side, June 2014
Shot with a Diana F+Kodak Ektachrome E100S, exp. 06/01, cross-processed

The farther you go…the harder it is to return. The world has many edges and it’s easy to fall off.”

—Anderson Cooper, Dispatches from the Edge

Coyote Wall, Columbia River Gorge, Washington side, June 2014

Shot with a Diana F+
Kodak Ektachrome E100S, exp. 06/01, cross-processed

“Maybe, in some distant place, everything is already, quietly, lost. Or at least there exists a silent place where everything can disappear, melting together in a single, overlapping figure.”
—Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart
Coyote Wall, Columbia River Gorge, Washington side, June 2014
Shot with a Diana F+Kodak Ektachrome E100S, exp. 06/01, cross-processed

Maybe, in some distant place, everything is already, quietly, lost. Or at least there exists a silent place where everything can disappear, melting together in a single, overlapping figure.”

—Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Coyote Wall, Columbia River Gorge, Washington side, June 2014

Shot with a Diana F+
Kodak Ektachrome E100S, exp. 06/01, cross-processed

“Passion isn’t a path through the woods. Passion is the woods. It’s the deepest, wildest part of the forest; the grove where the fairies still dance and obscene old vipers snooze in the boughs.”
—Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Coyote Labyrinth, Columbia River Gorge, Washington side, June 2014
Shot with a Diana F+Kodak Ektachrome E100S, exp. 06/01, cross-processed

Passion isn’t a path through the woods. Passion is the woods. It’s the deepest, wildest part of the forest; the grove where the fairies still dance and obscene old vipers snooze in the boughs.”

—Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

Coyote Labyrinth, Columbia River Gorge, Washington side, June 2014

Shot with a Diana F+
Kodak Ektachrome E100S, exp. 06/01, cross-processed