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Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Polvadera, New Mexico
Date: Mar 5, 2008
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2008

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Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw -
For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime - Macavity's not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime - Macavity's not there!
You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air -
But I tell you once and once again, Macavity's not there!

Mcavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin;
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he's half asleep, he's always wide awake.

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square -
But when a crime's discovered, then Macavity's not there!

He's outwardly respectable. (They say he cheats at cards.)
And his footprints are not found in any file of Scotland Yard's.
And when the larder's looted, or the jewel-case is rifled,
Or when the milk is missing, or another Peke's been stifled,
Or the greenhouse glass is broken, and the trellis past repair -
Ay, there's the wonder of the thing! Macavity's not there!

And when the Foreign Office find a Treaty's gone astray,
Or the Admiralty lose some plans and drawings by the way,
There may be a scrap of paper in the hall or on the stair -
But it's useless to investigate - Mcavity's not there!
And when the loss has been disclosed, the Secret Service say:
`It must have been Macavity!' - but he's a mile away.
You'll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumbs,
Or engaged in doing complicated long-division sums.

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spaer:
At whatever time the deed took place - MACAVITY WASN'T THERE!
And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!

Macavity: the Mystery Cat, T.S. Eliot

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03/08/2008 11:48:32 AM
Dark on dark, shadow on black, I can hear him breathing, whispering, "That poem almost has it right . . . "
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03/07/2008 11:20:26 PM
Amazing series. I'm exhausted just trying to keep up with examining your talent, much less responding to the feelings. Intuitive, poetic scientists are the interface between logic and creativity.
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03/07/2008 09:21:45 AM
ok, now i have the cheesy Cats musical version of this in my head, thanks.

very nice image, the subtle colour works so well.
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03/07/2008 08:41:31 AM
I could look at your cats all day. I see them and get all gushy and awe struck ;~) Such an exquisite shot. I adore the whiskers and the DOF. And the eye! There is a certain je ne sais quoi about this one. You should make a book of just cat shots with cat poetry (I'll throw in my two for good measure) hee hee

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03/06/2008 09:10:56 PM
Wow, what a cat portrait! I feel like applauding those whiskers. And that eye...so intense.
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03/06/2008 08:20:43 PM
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Mcavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin;
You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in.
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed;
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed.
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake;
And when you think he's half asleep, he's always wide awake.

When I was reading the poem, I immediately had to think of this photo of yours.

I totally love this!! The image and the poem - too delicious. Thank you!!

The whiskers on the cat are amazing, as well as the lighting. Superb.
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03/06/2008 08:11:37 PM
and such a cat has never been seen :)
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