This is kind of a gratuitous extra post for the weekend pet carnivals, but I just couldn't pass it up. Last night and this morning, I was fumbling around with the camera, trying to get pictures of Jacob the Syrian Hamster and our Maximum Leader for some pet blogging. I wanted a cat's-eye shot of K T. Whenever you try to get one, she walks over to see what's going on. It's hard to get a decent shot of her. You end up with these odd, blurry photos, most of which you just delete. This one in particular came out great. I love the geometry and colors of the shot.
Hamsters love to be on the move. This is both their charm and a problem for photoblogging. The constant, fuzzy rushing about gives them an aura of joy and cheeriness. It also makes nearly every photo come out blurred. The hamster's skeletal structure is designed to allow them to pass through tiny openings, giving them an almost fluid feel as you watch them. This photo captured a sense of that as Jacob flowed up the kickboard of the bookcase towards his favorite hiding spot behind some paperwork.
For more critters creatively captured on camera, visit this week's Friday Ark, Carnival of the Cats and the photo section of Hamster Heaven's message boards.