Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Cat and the Cruise Ship

This image is from the back of the Hotel Keti on the Greek island of Santorini. The cat here is the same pregnant female I highlighted in an earlier post.

It was late afternoon, and my wife Melissa and I were relaxing in preparation for what was sure to be another glorious sunset over the water-filled volcanic caldera that fronts the main town on Santorini. Along came the female cat we had befriended earlier - hungry for a little attention, and as it turned out, for food as well.

Melissa implored me to go into town and get some cat food. So I did - climbing up, up, up, and up some more to reach the main town level. I was back in 30 minutes or so, and we popped open a can of food for the cat. After all, she was eating for many, not just herself. She consumed an entire can of food in less than a minute, and the picture you see here is basically 'cleanup' time.

Now for the cruise ship in the background. What you can't really get a sense for in this photo is the scale of things here. That rather large ship is hundreds of feet below the level of Hotel Keti. Just beyond the cat is a fairly sheer dropoff to water level.

In later posts I'll add a few non-cat photos to provide a better sense for scale and context about the 'Santorini experience.'


Lynda said...

Hi David,
I just discovered your blog (via Twitter). Your photos are wonderful and bring back some fabulous memories. I lived in Greece (Athens) for nearly 3 years back in the early 80's and was fortunate to have visited many of the islands as well.

I went back in 2006 and 2007 and couldn't believe all the changes, post-Olympics. I also loved the island cats, and took a few cat pictures on the islands as well as in Ephesus. Do you live in Greece full time? Is that where you are currently? Anyway, I enjoyed reading about your adventures there.

David K. said...

Hi Lynda -

Thanks for your positive feedback on my blog and photos. I don't live in Greece, though I have been fortunate to have traveled there a few times in recent years - most recently in 2007 and 2008... a bit of island-hopping each trip. My wife and I really like Athens also. I think it would be fun to live there for a while, use it as a base for more exploration, etc. We visited Ephesus on a trip in 2002. That's an amazing place, too.

Thanks again for your comments (and Flickr photos), and stay tuned for more Greek cats, etc.!