Lens Artists Photo Challenge : Soft…

soft (1 of 7)_3966x2605When we went to the Queensland Garden Expo we stayed overnight at  Airbnb accommodation before going on to Maleny. There we had the pleasure to meet Sooty, a 17-year-old Norwegian Forest cat with the softest fluffiest fur. He joined us on the patio for breakfast and, of course, found the warmest seat to bask in the sun.


soft (4 of 7)_5184x3888I had never heard of this breed so I Googled him.

They are the National cat of Norway and adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation.

Norwegian Forest Cats were the cats of choice for the Vikings! They are very strong and durable animals, and that did not go unnoticed by the warriors of Norway. They could bring these amazing cats aboard their ships and have them stay healthy and hearty while eating any rodents that happened to be aboard. Legend has it that famous Viking warrior Leif Ericson himself even had Norwegian Forest Cats along on his journeys many centuries ago. ( for more facts go here.) 

soft (6 of 7)_3000x4000 This is Q1 the highest residential building in Australia. (I visited it in July 2015 and went to the top, the views are stunning. See them here. )

When it was opened in 2005 it was also the tallest residential tower in the world, but 13 years later it is now down to 6th. Since Jack cut the trees down we can now see it towering above all others. It is approx. 20 kilometres away in Surfers Paradise. In this image, that Jack took, it has a ghostly other-worldly look as the smoke haze from the Hinterland burn-offs changes the sky to a soft, smoky grey.

Finally I have to put in another image of the beautiful Grevillea Moonlight, this time against a soft focus sunset. (photo by Jack)soft (5 of 7)_2895x3601

I’m joining the Len’s Artist Photography Challenge


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Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/

Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/

Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/


  1. The cat is absolutely gorgeous and you’ve captured it perfectly Pauline. But the star on this one i hate to say, is Jack’s image of the Grevillea Moonlight. He caught it perfectly against that warm light. Now tell the truth, did you help him with this one ?!

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    • Thanks for the lovely theme this week Tina. I’m enjoying the weekly challenge the 4 of you are hosting. The grevillea is all jack’s, no help from me. He is very artistic with a good eye for composition.

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  2. Sooty is beautiful. But if the breed is adapted to a very cold climate, how does it cope in the Queensland Summer?
    I particularly like that last photo of Jack’s. The selective focus and beautiful light are gorgeous.

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  3. I am wondering how on earth a Norwegian Forest cat manages in a hot and humid Queensland climate! Perhaps they have him shaved in the summer! Still he has reached a good age and that fur does look very soft though in need of a good brush to my eyes!

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  4. Lovely choices, Pauline. Your Grevillea by Jack is wonderful and poor Sooty is very beautiful. That breed is the one I would have if I could have a cat. My husband says no…and I really think, if the summers are going to be this hot – that breed should stay up north.

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