MicroMacro World


Her body tense, tail twitches softly.
Eyes focus. Not one blink.
Bird watching from
this side of the
window is
for the



Little cat, what do you see?
Birds you don’t catch?
They don’t tempt you
but they do intrigue.
Birdwatcher more than
huntress. Little Po.

I am hosting at dVerse, and for the past two days we have been playing with macro photography, and with micropoetry. I had a hard time choosing from my photos and finding inspiration. Then Po decided to sit next to my computer and bird watch. The light was perfect and she was so still. So here you have a macro of our cat, Po, and micro about her.  


  1. ambroseanthonythompson said,

    March 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Perhaps for cats bird watching is a spiritual endeavor expressing their inner murderer in the warmth of a sunbeam

    • shanyns said,

      March 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      I have never thought of it that way…and when they kill for fun rather than food I can see where they are murderous. I think she is being curious, and engaging in her natural instinct to track prey. Even if she never hunts more than toys and dog tails!

  2. Bryan Ens said,

    March 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Love this! Yes, for a cat, I’m sure that birdwatching from *this* side of the window truly IS for the birds 🙂

  3. March 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful photos of an adorably kitty… I loved the poems, especially the first one.

  4. March 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    LOve these pics…and love the words. Hmm…I am feeling poetic. But I will have to see what I do. Is this at dverse?

  5. March 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    oh wait, I see the bit at the end…sorry! Coolio on the hosting. I will see if I can get myself focused to participate!

  6. March 12, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Ah what an exquisite set. I truly believe that bird watching for fun is a great compensation..

  7. vbholmes said,

    March 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Wonderful photos of your very photogenic Po, whose birdwatching you’ve captured so well with your words. Also, thanks for the great prompt.

  8. Truedessa said,

    March 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Enjoyed these two poems and the pics so precious..thanks for the prompt and the use of your photo’s.

  9. Brian Miller said,

    March 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    ha. my cat is the same…he is more stealth than teeth though…he sneaks up on the deer…and then walks out among them…lol….very cool shanyn…and nice job on the prompt…

  10. whimsygizmo said,

    March 13, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Love love LOVE these photos, and your piece.
    I adored this prompt. Thank you so much!

  11. March 13, 2014 at 1:12 am

    These are incredibly exquisite. Now, I dare you to use him for MTB and do a contour drawing, too. Ha!

    • shanyns said,

      March 13, 2014 at 2:16 am

      Okay I’ll take that dare, what are YOU going to contour draw? Hmmmmmm 🙂

  12. kkkkaty1 said,

    March 13, 2014 at 1:16 am

    You captured the enticement and readiness wonderfully! The macro picks up her individual hairs and I believe they are tempted by anything that moves and twitters….

    • shanyns said,

      March 13, 2014 at 2:15 am

      She for sure is, and she has such long whiskers! I think they got longer after her ears froze, maybe giving her some extra sensory help. 🙂 She is ever curious.

  13. Toni C. said,

    March 13, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Cool photos and piece – love the idea!

  14. Abhra Pal said,

    March 13, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Hey – how come you wrote so late when it was your prompt 🙂 I am just curious.

    Loved the clarity of the shots – specially the eyes, they were great.

    The is cute and lovable – enjoyed both equally.

    • shanyns said,

      March 13, 2014 at 2:14 am

      Mostly because, as my husband would call it, I was ‘bush hiding’ (me staying behind the stage so you all could shine!)

      I like to do that sometimes, see how everyone approaches the prompt before I jump in. That way, in my mind, my pub tending is about you all and not my poetry. If that makes sense.

      Thanks! I was trying to capture her just right, and the sun was in my favor today.

      Glad you enjoyed them.

  15. heidi said,

    March 13, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Poor kitty! Bird watching is for the birds!

  16. rmp said,

    March 13, 2014 at 2:54 am

    oh, she definitely looks completely entranced. bird watching is for all types, but she seems quite the expert. lovely pieces.

  17. Barry Dawson said,

    March 13, 2014 at 3:41 am

    That is a very intense expression on kitty’s face (do cats have expressions? )

    Excellent capture of the moment and great poems.

  18. claudia said,

    March 13, 2014 at 4:58 am

    what a great pic – and i’m glad that bird is on the other side of the window…there’s something in those eyes you know… smiles… thanks for your great prompt shanyn

  19. ramblingsfromamum said,

    March 13, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Gorgeous photos of Po and loved the micro’s equally. Thanks for the prompt this week.

  20. kaykuala said,

    March 13, 2014 at 9:47 am

    That’s wonderful Shanyn! Po makes a great subject.He should even deserve a macro tribute! Great write!


  21. ManicDdaily said,

    March 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Super charming and great pics . Thanks, Shanyn. K .

  22. Mama Zen said,

    March 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Marvelous, Shanyn!

  23. March 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I had a cat who looked like this once. Her name was Ramanda or RCputtytat. She was extraordinary in many ways. My children wrote many tales about her and her offspring. I love your contemplation here. Very satisfying.

    PS I think you went to the wrong blog for me. Just in case, my response to you is here: http://beachanny.blogspot.com/2014/03/macroviews-from-home.html I often post one place or the other as the topic seems to suit. I know it’s confusing. Sorry. I am still reading the links to your article and am way behind. That’s just me these days.

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