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Scottish Games

A few weeks ago I went to the Scottish Games here in CNY. I had never been to anything just like this. Renny fairs sure, but this had way more … Scottishness… To it lol.

The pictures really are all I need to say.

Raven

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Worlds Best Cat Toy

What. you think i’m joking right?

I’m not sure I am lol.

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Ok so it starts with the fact that I volunteer at pet-smart/CNY cat collation on Wednesdays. That means I play with cats, clean cages etc for 2 hours every week. Often this is also means I’m being introduced to 4-5 different cats each week.

We have a bunch of different wand toys. but only one toy seems to matter.  Its a wand toy with a rubbery end that lets it bounce, and has a mousy looking end with leather.

It makes ALL the cats go crazy. They all want to play, and pounce. I pull out a different wand toy and they might play a minute but then get bored. Well 2 weeks ago it broke, was taped back together, broke, tapped, etc. So i thought i’d try to find a new one. And I did, its on Amazon. ( link: https://www.amazon.com/PURRfect-Cat-Toys-Leather-Bouncer/dp/B00G90773S)

I bought two, thinking maybe my cat would like it to.  It didn’t just LIKE it. He’s fucking obsessed with it.  as soon as it came out of the box he was meowing. We played. I went upstairs to get work done. He dragged it up the stairs and meowed. We played. I went downstairs to make lunch. He dragged it back down the stairs and meowed, we played. Later I am skyping with friends, and he drags it and lays it *on my foot* and meows. I kid you not.

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This morning, he drags it into the *bathroom* and meows at me while I am showering. Let me tell you, my cat has never done any of this before. He also doesn’t get bored of it. other wand toys eventually he lays on his back and expects you to just play with him in that position. here he continues to chase the toy endlessly.  … Maybe he’ll finally lose wait.

So I just HAD to share with you all about this great toy your cat may love as well.

 

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Babies!

children are not what I love to photograph primarily.  Honestly I prefer adults and cats. But when a beautiful child enters into my view I can’t help but to pull out my camera and capture that beauty.

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Look at that face! so sweet!

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it just makes me wish for a nap, you know. Lets laze about in the sunshine dreaming our days away.

xoxo,

Raven

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Beauty Untold

Is it really untold, if i’m going to tell you about it? haha. probably not.

You ask anyone, anyone at all, and they can tell you that I do not like to be cold, that I loathe it.

So of course I picked up my bags and moved to central new york.  But kats, this place has a wild wonder about it. The snow is stunning. So yesterday I decided to go stomp around in my backyard(ish) area. I took my Lomo Instant camera and my macro lense and just spent some time with the white fluffy stuff.

 

 

And then I keep taking pictures, of cats and downtown Syracuse.

 

 

The Blue Tusk is a lovely bar that lets us get together on monday nights and boardgame. Such epic times are had at this lovely establishment.

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I hope your winter is as full of inner warmth as mine!

xoxo,

Raven.

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Zooland

What can I say, I went back to the zoo this weekend. When you can get in free with your camera, it is just so tempting. maybe what i mean is wonderful.

The red panda came back out to say hi, and i spent an enormous amount of time with the penguins.  Also this cute little Fennec Fox.

I sat on the floor next to a lion. At least, that’s what it felt like. I have never been so close. Only two glass panels between me and its growling. I could’ve sat there for hours just basking its its awesomeness.

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peace and love

Raven

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Zoo Stars!

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Today in balmy 40 degree weather, I meet up with a group of photographers and went to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.  In January every year, they let photographers in free and run a photo contest.

My favorite parts of this zoo were the red panda, penguins and the SLOTH. I mean, HELLO, this was my first time seeing a real life, in my face sloth. And he was moving around and being sloth like. It was fantastic.

 

As always, more (and generally the best images) will be put up on my patreon. 

Happy Weekend,

Raven.

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Paradise Island

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I recently returned from my first trip to the state of Hawai’i. Most of my time was spent on the island of Kauai.

As soon as I stepped off the plane, I felt worlds more peaceful and happy. Full of sunshine, beaches and “Aloha Spirit” this place sung to my heart.

I was there to see sights, take pictures, go to a

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wedding and just experience the love of an island that is so encased into my magical beliefs it felt like seeing the face of my Goddess.

I stood on the beach and watched the moonrise. I layed in the waters and watched Honu (turtles) bob heads up and down. I drank the nectar of my favorite brewery, Kona, from the source (when I went to the big island)

I watched the dance and story unfold of a lūʻau, the fire and spirit. I spent money on goods made by locals, from food to hand blown glass. And spent money on some cheap tourist goods when I struggled to find the “made in kauai” label. Hawai'i - 2018 -1942

 

I searched for sushi.  I mean, hunted, googled, drove…. Most of my dinners were pre-planned, and lunch sushi on the islands seems non existence. 4 times I found a restaurant that spoke of sushi, but never at lunch time. I ate one of the BEST burgers of my life, cut from a local cow, topped with bbq and pineapple.

At one point I tried to get our rental stuck in a road full of potholes as I followed google to what was supposed to be a popular public beach (that being said, we found a great beach full of campers but I don’t think it was the beach we were looking for lol)

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I saw cats, everywhere. It was awesome. sweet, friendly things that lived in stores or hung around our airBnB. And the roasters! I think the locals find them annoying but I found them fucking delightful.

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The worst part of the trip? Leaving. And I mean that in more than one way. Leaving made me sad, but a broken down plane, 2 days of flights, 4 hours of sleep because of it — caused me all kinds of jet lag and insomnia for days.

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But I hope I can keep Aloha with me always, and maybe run a little bit more on island time than new york time.

Most of the photos I took will be posted to my patreon. Support me now to help keep the beauty flowing. ❤

Raven.

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Fresh Baked Winter

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What a beautiful day.

Its snowing. Im drinking a delightful beer by Big Ditch called “fresh baked winter ale”. I am watching Santa Clause with Camdon and his mom, a movie I’ve never seen.  A whole chicken from the farmers market is roasting in the oven

Earlier today we took a trip to downtown Syracuse in the deep of snow. It was a storm of white fluffy goodness. It was heartwarming on the inside and frozen on the outside. I thought i hated snow. But i don’t. I love snow as long as I don’t have to drive in it. But it’s so much fun to play in.

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May your days be bright and warm (at least inside), as the sun grows deeper.

Raven.

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