Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – A Lazy Turkish Cat

Sunbathing Cat in Southern Turkey

I’ve always felt like we should look to cats for lifestyle inspiration.  After all, as a human walking through a back alley in a small Turkish town near the ruins of Myra it’s easy to notice a junk’d car and either ignore it, or grumble about it being ugly litter. For a cat, on the other hand, it’s a warm place to relax and enjoy the weather…and this wasn’t just any weather.  It was a small window of warmth and sunshine just after some of the worst weather Turkey had seen in more than 25 years.  So, when you find yourself out and about, remember to take some time to pause and bask in the warmth and beauty of the moment. After all, you never know when some annoying tourist (or other life challenge) is bound to amble by, decide they need a photo and rouse you from your blissful reverie!

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Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Up Close and Personal

Copenhagen Zoo Mother Cat

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a little time nose-to-nose with this mother Caracal.  Caracals are a type of mid-sized wild cat which are easily identified by the black tufts of fur at the end of their ears. This has historically led to a number of nicknames including the Persian, Egyptian and African Lynx.    While not actually a species of Lynx, they are fast, agile, and incredibly graceful.  The female Caracal you see in the photo above was just inches (and one sturdy piece of glass) away from me at the Copenhagen Zoo.  She recently had several adorable kittens (additional photo here) which she decided I had spent enough time around.  After her not-so-gentle warning/snapping this photo I decided to back off and leave them to their nap.  Have you ever seen a Caracal?  What did you think?

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