Observation Post

IMG_8982Two weeks in a mountain village like Zermatt is an opportunity for daily walking, but I always spend the occasional hour or two within the village on the look-out for something a little different.

I spotted this cat on an upstairs windowsill on one such walk. He/She was sitting upright surveying the neighbourhood in a way that only a cat can; until I approached when the cat adopted a more wary poise and my every move was scrutinised with a fixed stare.

An hour later the cat was still on the windowsilll, motionless. The upper left window is open giving the cat a means of access to the interior of the house (when finally it became bored), although I would have thought that accessing the windowsill via that window would have been a somewhat trickier manoeuvre. (What a strangely spelt word that last one is in the English version – the American version ‘maneuver’ doesn’t look much better either).

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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107 Responses to Observation Post

  1. slayknoxslay says:

    Love this shot! The angle and colors are almost as good as the caption! 🙂

  2. The perfect predator…..

  3. 21student says:

    Great photo !

  4. I love your photography ❤️ u did such a good job taking the picture. I only wish to be as good as u one day

  5. I like how you have focused on the cat

  6. There must be something about Zermatt and cats, we saw the hugest cat while vacationing there a few years back. HUGEST cat, with the tiniest head. I’ll have to see if I can dig up the photo. Lovely pic btw!

  7. Sparky945 says:

    Ninja cat, always watching

  8. turningpaper says:

    Wonderful photography! Such a beautiful cat.

  9. Cats are so mysterious and ominous…this post captures that feeling. Lovely picture.

  10. niftyhive says:

    Cats are very observant and hence their reactionary speed is very fast as well. Wonderful shot, by the way. I love the composition.

  11. rubenvicuna says:

    I wonder if there was a moment of silence where both of you just stared at each other for a while before going about each others’ business.

  12. srladv says:

    The credit should be given to the photograper.Hence it was he who was constantly watching the cat until he clicked it.

  13. Le ptit blog says:

    This cat is so cuteeeee!!!

  14. Jason Graff says:

    With a glance I feel I know this cat. Indoors a lap loving, purr machine. Out of doors a ever ready killing machine

  15. Tushar Ghatta says:

    lovely ❤

  16. aquariosa says:

    How can the cat even get here? Awesome animal!

  17. Treyce Montoya's Blog says:

    I am a photo-hobbyist and also a cat lover. This fits both of my “loves”. Great photo! Thank you for sharing your talent and skills with the world.

  18. kerbsnoems says:

    i like your posts! ❤ Followback pls

  19. TalkaholicMe says:

    Amazing photograph.. And really I can’t help wondering if the cat is looking at you or you looking at her.. It seems like either she is too daring to stare in your eyes or she’s lazy and saying do whatever you wanna do, I am safe up here..haha

  20. Cat sighting, always a plus to the day…bonus that the cat had the patience to hang with a world observation stance

  21. shope9365 says:

    Cats always watch what is going on in their world. Some are considered guards to their homes and families. Perfect picture!

  22. It takes a fresh eye to notice cats in a place like Zermatt!

  23. geoch1 says:

    Definitely the cat is misteriously and watching the photographer in the annoyed way only cats can get!
    Nice blog! I am following you!

  24. I am not a cat lover but this photo makes he or she to be adorable.

  25. Khanum says:

    This was an interesting post. Truly, even the minor observations are quite important for the photographers.

  26. Louise says:

    The inscrutable expression of a cat 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Absolutely – that stare, so intense, that encompasses so much. You can’t stare a cat down! Lovely to welcome you back on-line, you’ve been missed by many I am sure.

  27. What a beautiful, elegance. The cat is learning watching. The mystery around and of the cat is so alluring.

  28. Quite an eye you have, sir!

  29. monte says:

    such a minimalistic shot, but seems like the cat loves to pose for camera 🙂

  30. Sadhana says:

    That’s one adorable cat. I loved this piece – It’s important to just stop and observe the gloriously ordinary aspects sometimes.

  31. dennyho says:

    Mesmorized with this cat. A nice photo…

  32. Ever notice that one cat’s “wary” stare is exactly the same as another cat’s “what can you do for me” stare? Either way, you’ve done a terrific job capturing a soft subject quite at home in a vastly rough and stark background. Good job!

  33. And the kitty is so cute😍

  34. I love cats. They take some of the most beautiful pictures.

  35. I really like this photo…the perspective is really good and I find it very appealing, good job!! 🙂

  36. Beautiful candid shot of the cat!

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