All About Jazz

And All that Jazz!

And All that Jazz! © 2008 Bo Mackison

Black kitties, I have found, are incredibly hard to photograph. Especially this sweet girl who is still adapting to her new home and isn’t quite sure what that strange woman is holding up to her face. I’m sure in good time she’ll figure out it’s a camera. But after many attempts, here is a photograph to introduce Jazz. I think she’s happy to be away from all the other cats in the shelter. And I’m happy to have her for a new companion.

Now if she will soon learn to keep off my face while I’m trying to sleep. Seems that’s the only time she wants to become friends. Hmmm.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Oh, what a sweet kitty! A wonderful capture of your black kitty, Jazz. 🙂

    I have a black kitty named Boo. I rescued him right before Halloween 15 years ago. And yes, it is very difficult to photograph a black animal.

  2. Gandalf says:

    Did you post the missing cat in the Wizard’s Directory? Perhaps one is missing.

  3. Barbara, what a gorgeous black kitten and a fantastic photo of her which made me melt. It’s wonderful that you have rescued “Jazz” and I can relate to a cat sleeping on your head at night as I have one who does exactly the same thing!!! I think maybe cats who do this have “issues” or anxiety problems as Domino, my cat (suffering from stress as diagnosed by a vet) who does this has a lot of nervous issues. When she is particularly stressed, she will sleep on my head and lick my face, eyebrows, mouth, nose etc which is really annoying and I put this down to why I am permanently tired!!

    So Barbara, you are not alone – keep persevering and hopefully “Jazz” will relax more as time goes by and she builds up the trust and bond with you.


  4. Good for you! Kitty from the Shelter. Jazz will probably take the best pictures of black cats you’ve ever taken.
    She is a very pretty kitty!

    Thanks for sharing not only her picture, but the great thing you did. adoption.


  5. Jazz looks like a sweet kitten. She will surely grow into her ways alright. What other names will you have for her? Anna calls Boo many names like when he is sad; Boo who who, his greek name is Boodsesus, his african name is Alabooboo, when he gets into trouble his name is Oh Boo. Lots of times we catch Boo Being Bad. Hehe

    I have a time photographing black dogs. Need lots of light.

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