January 2, 2011
Meirion says: I was looking after my parents' home whilst they were away on holiday. You know, the usual thing -- watering the plants, feeding the fish in the pond, filling the bird feeders. The first day I turned up and started to fill the watering can and this kitten dived from the undergrowth, scaring the living daylights out of me in the process. My parents’ garden is very lush with far too many hiding places… ;-) The kitten proceeded to entertain me for over an hour. His antics were hilarious. He was obviously practicing his hunting skills with me as his prey, though during breaks from his stalking there were times of pure play. His "lair" was my mother’s blue bench. From there he could keep a good view of me and dive into several areas of cover in order to set up an ambush amongst the various terracotta pots and flower beds.

I'm so glad that I was carrying my camera on this day. We had a lot of fun together and he was a very cooperative “model” with quite a few cute poses. He appeared to be very well cared for, clean and well fed. He was wearing a pretty little collar with a name canister attached so I was happy that he wasn’t a lost stray or abandoned. When I rang my mother that evening and mentioned the kitten, she put my mind further to rest, saying that he was a regular visitor over the last few weeks and was a neighbour's new “baby” from just up the road.

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Meirion Matthias
Meirion is a semiprofessional photographer based in north Wales, UK
Please visit his Web site at Meirion Matthias Fine Art Photography to see more of his stunning work (don't miss Scruffy Dog!)
Much of his portfolio is available as stock photos via Shutterstock
And of course his Flickr photostream is always available for you to peruse and enjoy

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IttyBitty96 -
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He's a stunning little baby!
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"Peek-a-boo!" What a darling little visitor! I'd be spending a lot of time in the garden, knowing this little guy is a regular visitor.
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What a photogenic little tyke!
Chris -
Peek-a-boo! I see you!
Some cats just seem to naturally pose/photograph so well, don't they?
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The "dignified look."
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I see you!!

What a gorgeous baby!
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so cute photos and what an extraordinary kitten; fantastic markings and gorgeous eyes, thanks.
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What a darling little visitor! I'm so glad he's not a stray, but just a visiting playmate - so sweet!
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This baby proves that catties go their own way and that a good one has many "owners" or none.
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LOVE the eye color here! What a cute baby cat!
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His markings are gorgeous. What a beautiful kitten!
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These are such great pics of this cutie pie! Definetely very photogenic!
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I love the way they can just make themselves at h.ome anywhere they please. Good little neighbor
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Look at the markings on this beaty.
>^..^<
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What a great story to start this new year! Lovely photos that are postcard quality all on their own! Sounds like this kitty has a heavenly playground! Good job!
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he's a very handsome cat! makes you want to cuddle him. i love the one of him peeking. : )
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This little kitten is the prettiest flower in your Mum's garden. Just adorable. So happy that he has a home. Thanks for sharing.
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thank you all for your kind words, he is a little treasure, that's for sure ;)
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Very beautiful pictures of a handsome kitty.
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Beautiful cat, stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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I have a tabby girl who looks just like him, except more spotty than stripe-y - she won't pose though!
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Those are some amazing photos, and I can tell they are VERY high resolution.
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All of these pictures are STUNNING!! This little kitten is certainly adorable.
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Your camera is incredible! The sharpness of the colors is magnificent. Not to mention the adorable subject you're photographing :)
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Heather -
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These pictures are absolutely stunning, and this cat is adorable. I'd love to know what camera you used!
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