For some time now the mornings have all included a squirrel chase. I use the time to practice capturing better photos but I have not improved much since the lighting changes quite a bit. Also, I am quite unawake and in addition, the cat boys throw monkey wrenches in my way, one day they are cooperative and the next day, not.
More recently, early mornings have made room for two chases: first, the sassy squirrels and second, the persistent pigeons.
Not too many poses are as adorable as the kitty hunt pose. Mr Sweet Pants, after showing a good bit of patience, finally spotted one of the pigeons on the ground. He was sure that he had no desire to eat pigeons but chasing one was an entirely different story.
"O thou spiritual friend! Thou hast asked the wisdom of prayer. Know thou that prayer is indispensable and obligatory, and man under no pretext whatsoever is excused from performing prayer unless he be mentally unsound, or an insurmountable obstacle prevent him. The wisdom of prayer is this: That it causeth a connection between the servant and the True One, because in that state man with all heart and soul turneth his face towards His Highness the Almighty, seeking His association and desiring His love and compassion.
The greatest happiness for a lover is to converse with his beloved, and the greatest gift for a seeker is to become familiar with the object of his longing; that is why with every soul who is attracted to the Kingdom of God, his greatest hope is to find an opportunity to entreat and supplicate before his Beloved, appeal for His mercy and grace and be immersed in the ocean of His utterance, goodness and generosity.
When lovers meet it may be that they cannot exchange a single word, yet with their hearts they speak to one another. Thus do the clouds speak to the earth and the rain comes down; the breeze whispers to the trees; the sun speaks to the eyes of men. Although this is not actual speech yet this is the way in which the hearts of the friends communicate..." (Abdul Baha, Star of the West, Oct 1922)
This pleased the cat boys greatly. Ollie lied down enjoying. Augustus found his own space.