Uploaded: May 18, 2011 01:26:31


The way cats sprawl across any available surface and go to sleep never fails to amaze me.
I used PhotoFiltre's "more shadows" and the clone tool to remove distracting background. Saturated color and sharpened photo.

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/2400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 46.80 mm, Model: FinePix S7000


Kirsten Kiki Kjaer May 18, 2011

Oh, it amazes me too, Mary. I could really learn something from them.
This is SUCH a lovely image. In every way fantastic! #1377901

Tiia Vissak May 18, 2011

a cute capture! #9409896

Avril Young May 18, 2011

Fantastic DD work on the background...just so cute, they sure do know how to relax dont they...beautiful Mary.. #9409900

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe May 18, 2011

Fabulous capture, Mary. Great light and comp. #9409904

Douglas Pignet May 18, 2011

oh what a #9409917

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe May 18, 2011

This is Outstanding Mary - Great capture of the moment!! #9410006

Jack Gaskin May 18, 2011

NICE WORK love the position
What I find AMAZING is that they can go to HIGH ALERT and be RAZOR SHARP at the slightest sound out of the norm and do it INSTANTLY...

Happy Shooting
Jack #9410161

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic May 18, 2011

This is such a great shot Mary. Love the light and the pose! :) #9410193

Robert R. Goodman May 18, 2011

Hi Mary,Excellent capture my friend.Fantastic treatment,I'm off today to see what I can find to shoot!!!!! #9410229

frank w. degenhardt May 18, 2011

You have yourself a winning picture here my dear friend. This is so cute and adorable the way the cat is spread out along the blocks. I love how long and sleek its body is and you are so right about the way they can sleep anywhere and on anything. The blocks add a beautiful design to the picture. Love the gorgeous colors and details and the finishes that you use worked beautifully. Gorgeous, winning work my dear friend. You take care, be safe, have a wonderful day. #9410297

Kerry Hill May 18, 2011

Excellent work Mary, a wonderful capture! #9410886

Barbara Waldoch May 18, 2011

What a terrific cach, Mary!
Is this planking? LOL


Mary K. Robison May 18, 2011

Kiki, Tiia, Avril, Tammy, Doug, Jeff, Jack, Becky, Bobby, Frank, Kerry, and Barbara, thank you for taking the time to comment on this. I appreciate it! #9412678

Phyllis A. Houghton May 21, 2011

(S)he makes me smile. What a catch. And he looks comfortable too. Thanks for sharing. #9420898

Mary K. Robison May 22, 2011

And thank you, Phyllis, for your friendly comments. #9421107

Debra R. Harder May 22, 2011

This is so FABULOUS, Mary! Fabulous lighting and composition. I suspect basking in the sunshine is his favorite thing to do! Deb #9421889

Mary K. Robison May 23, 2011

Thanks for your enthusiastic response to this, Deb! This is one of several cats who "walk the wall" in our backyard. Sometimes one cat meets up with another --- an exciting time is had by all! #9423031

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 28, 2011

Like others my first response it that I MUST begin my comment with "OH!"...

Oh, how I would love to be able to relax like this kitty! :)))

That was my thought. :)

Now for technicals!...

OH! How I would love to sit with you and have fun in DDR! Removing distracting BG's and making masterpieces! :) !

You did a great job, Mare. You made us all dream!


-Pommy-doodle. :) #9433281

Mary K. Robison May 28, 2011

So nice to see your smile(s), Pommers. :-D
OH! BTW, thanks for your always friendly comments... Glad you like this!
I agree about the DDR. We could play "Dueling DDR players", with a time limit to produce the best digital image ever! ;-D #9433288

Nadia Paul May 29, 2011

Beautiful capture with wonderful lighting Mary! #9434201

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 29, 2011

THAT would be FUN!


Kay Beausoleil May 29, 2011

A wonderful lesson in living in the moment! A great capture, MAry. #9434515

Mary K. Robison May 30, 2011

Nadia, Pom, and Kay, thanks very much for taking time to comment on this. I appreciate your supportive words!
And, Pom - I love the animated and artistic duo.:) #9434791

Marijana Fajgl June 22, 2011

Big congratulations on your fantastic finalist, Mary! #9473753

Tiia Vissak June 22, 2011

Congratulations! #9473817

Phyllis A. Houghton June 22, 2011

Fantastic Finalist, Mary!!! Congratulations. #9474263

Renee Doyle June 22, 2011

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Mary! #9474727

Robert R. Goodman June 22, 2011

A big congratulations,My Friend.WTG!Mary!!! #9475539

June 22, 2011

The crop really emphasizes the sprawl! #9475591

Mary K. Robison June 22, 2011

Thanks for your Congratulations and comments, Marijana, Tiia, Phyllis, Renee, and Bobby. So nice to get your feedback!
And to the Betterphoto judges: Thank you for taking the time to comment on this, and thanks so much for selecting it as a Finalist! #9475813

Phyllis H. Burchett June 22, 2011

Congrats on this terrific finalist Mary! #9476086

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe June 22, 2011

A wonderful finalist ... congratulations! #9476180

frank w. degenhardt June 22, 2011

I'm so happy for you Mary. What a charming picture and I congratulate you on the Finalist. Way to go my friend. #9476741

Avril Young June 22, 2011

just love it, congrats on this awesome finalist Mary!! #9476751

Ellen Hodges June 22, 2011

Huge congrats and verrrry best luck in the next round, Mary, with this adorable finalist!! #9477026

Barbara Waldoch June 23, 2011

Congratulations, Mary, well done! #9477222

Mary K. Robison June 23, 2011

Thanks very much, Phyllis, Agnes, Frank, Avril, Ellen, and Barbara, for your kind words and Congratulations!

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer June 23, 2011

I'm so glad to see this beauty again, Mary. Huge congratulations on a wonderful finalist. I hope to see gold on it soon. #9477267

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe June 23, 2011

Congrats on your great finalist, Mary. #9478026

Patrick Rouzes June 23, 2011

Congratulations, Mary! WTG! #9479160

Patrick Rouzes June 23, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS on your WINNER, Mary! WTG, indeed! #9479380

Laura E. Swan level-classic June 23, 2011

Mary! Your beautiful sleeping model WON!!!

I'm so happy for you!

-Pommaloveakitty-kitty. #9479381

Ann Coates level-classic June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your fantastic Gold Mary. #9479568

Michelle Alton June 23, 2011

This is jusg GREAT, Mary. Congratulations! #9479865

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic June 23, 2011

on your very deserving
2nd PLACE WINNER! 8o) #9480009

Barbara Waldoch June 23, 2011

Way to go Mary, congratulations! #9480227

Amy M. Wilson June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your awesome winning image, Mary!! #9480303

Claudia Kuhn level-classic June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful winner Mary! Kitty looks so comfortable on those hard surfaces #9480641

Phyllis H. Burchett June 23, 2011

Congrats on this fabulous winner Mary! #9480826

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe June 23, 2011

Congrats Mary on your great winner. #9480834

Mary K. Robison June 23, 2011

Patrick, Laura, Ann, Sabrina, Michelle, Nancyj, Barbara, Amy, Claudia, Phyllis, and Tammy ~ Thanks very much for your comments and Congrats on this. I really appreciate them!! #9480908

frank w. degenhardt June 23, 2011

My dear friend Mary. What a joy to see this get to the Winners Circle and bring home the gold for you. Way to go girl. #9481108

Jill Odice level-classic June 23, 2011

Congrats on your well deserved win! This is really nice, funny how cats can sleep anywhere :-) #9481147

Renee Doyle June 23, 2011

Congratulations to you Mary on this wonderful winner!! #9481190

Mary K. Robison June 23, 2011

Thank you, Frank, Jill, and Renee, for taking time to congratulate me on this shot. It was a lovely surprise to see this with gold under it! #9481299

Karen Engelbreth June 23, 2011

Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Mary... #9481329

Raymond Pauly June 23, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Mary! #9481340

Stefania Barbier level-addict June 24, 2011

congratulations on your wonderful winner!!! #9481588

Katarina Mansson June 24, 2011

Outstanding and cool image! Congratulations on your winner! #9481718

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 24, 2011

Congratulations on this adorable Gold Winner Mary!!!

jo ann c. #9482050

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer June 24, 2011

And my wish came true!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO gold!! What a thrill, Mary. Huge congratulations!!! #9482174

Robert R. Goodman June 24, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful win,Mary.WTG My friend!!! #9482270

Tiia Vissak June 24, 2011

Congratulations on your Winner! #9482716

Marijana Fajgl June 24, 2011

congratulations on your well deserved winner, Mary! #9482973

Ermanno Radice June 24, 2011

Congrats on your well deserved 2 place win! #9482989

Ellen Hodges June 24, 2011

Hi Mary, Am in awesome of this fabulous and very relaxed winner!! So happy to see this in the winner's circle!! #9483602

Carol Teal June 24, 2011

Awww I love it Mary! Congrats on your win! #9483993

Mary K. Robison June 25, 2011

Karen, Ray, Stefania, Katarina, Jo Ann, Kiki, Bobby, Tiia, Marijana, Ermanno, Ellen, and Carol ~
I appreciate each and every person who has taken the time to comment on my photo, and who has congratulated me on my winner. Thank you so much! Your support means more to me than you'll ever know!

Debra R. Harder June 25, 2011

Happy to see this fabulous image win GOLD, Mary!! Love this! Huge congratulations!! Deb #9484870

Mary K. Robison June 25, 2011

Thanks so much for your
Congratulations, Deb! #9485819

Ujjwal Mukherjee June 25, 2011

Haven't seen such a wonderful presentation before,Mary! Huge congratulations on your SUPERB Winner!! #9485975

Stanley C. Sims June 25, 2011

Congratulations Mary on such a well designed image. I love it. #9486036

Stanley C. Sims June 25, 2011

Congratulations Mary on such a well designed image. I love it. #9486037

Mary K. Robison June 26, 2011

Thanks for your friendly comments and Congrats, Ujjwal and Stanley. I'm glad you like it! #9486100

Gail Sullivan June 26, 2011

Congrats on this winning image, Mary! #9486169

Mary K. Robison June 26, 2011

Thanks for taking the time to send Congrats, Gail! I appreciate it! #9486210

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic June 26, 2011

HUGE CONGRATZ on this terrific Gold Winner, Mary!!!

UB. #9486440

Bojan Bencic level-classic June 26, 2011

Congratulations on your win, Mary. #9486652

Wm Nosal June 26, 2011

Beautiful Shot, Mary!
Congratulations #9487546

Avril Young June 27, 2011

congrats on this outstanding win, loved it the first time I saw it... #9488624

Mary K. Robison June 27, 2011

I really appreciate your supportive words and Congratulations, Usman, Bojan, Wm, and Avril. Thank you! #9488651

Neal D. Hatcher June 27, 2011

Beautiful---CONGRATULATIONS #9488658

Mary K. Robison June 27, 2011

Glad you like it, Neal. Thanks for your kind comment and Congratulations. #9488673

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic June 27, 2011

Just so adorable and love the pose, Mary. Huge congrats on your outstanding Gold. #9490047

Mary K. Robison June 27, 2011

Thanks so much for your friendly words and Congrats, Mary Beth. #9490796

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic June 27, 2011

Ever since I retired, I feel like this cat all the time. Congratulations on this win Mary. It is soooo expressive! #9490946

Mary K. Robison June 27, 2011

Thank you, Reynaldo, for your kind comments and Congratulations. I really appreciate your friendly feedback!

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe June 29, 2011

Congrats on your win for this awesome image Mary. I think we all feel like this from time to time. The lighting and pose are wonderful. #9494314

Mary K. Robison June 29, 2011

Thanks for taking the time to comment and send Congrats, Heather. I agree --- that's why naps are so important! #9495661

Merna L. Nobile June 30, 2011

Congratulations to all of the Award Winners for May 2011. Merna


Nadia Paul June 30, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful winner Mary! #9498494

Mary K. Robison July 01, 2011

Thanks for your Congratulations, Merna and Nadia. I appreciate them! #9498580

Toni Riggs July 09, 2011

Congrats! Beautiful capture- great lighting and such a cute kitty :) #9517493

Mary K. Robison July 09, 2011

Glad you like it, Toni! Thanks for commenting! #9517568

Christine Pentecost July 28, 2011

I love it!! #9560733

Mary K. Robison July 28, 2011

Thanks, Christine! #9560959

Karen Slagle July 30, 2011

Cats rock and so does this fabulous winning image, Mary. Belated congrats...Thank you so much for leaving your comments on mine. #9568832

Mary K. Robison July 31, 2011

Thanks for your kind words, Karen. Glad you like it. Congrats again for your horse buddies getting a First Place Gold. #9570793

November 23, 2011

Isn't this what cats do best!! Congratulations on your win. #9827327

Mary K. Robison November 23, 2011

I agree, Tony ~ sleeping cats have such activity developed into an art form! Thanks for your Congrats. #9827528

Karen Bacon January 21, 2012

I wish I could fall asleep this easily! A fantastic capture Mary and a much deserved win! #9933148

Mary K. Robison January 22, 2012

Thanks very much for commenting, Karen! #9934729

Nancy L. Green level-classic July 22, 2012

Now that is one relaxed kitty cat, CONGRATULATIONS on a wonderful winner!!! <>< #10240462

Mary K. Robison July 22, 2012

Thanks so much for your nice words and Congratulations, Nancy! #10240610

Thomas E. Hinds December 11, 2013

Great Winner, Mary! Exceptionally captured and rendered! #10919995

Teresa Burnett level-deluxe August 26, 2014

Love this Mary!! Wish I could be that relaxed and sprawled out right about now!! LOL!! Wonderful composition and light!! Congratulations on your win!! #11117254

Mary K. Robison August 27, 2014

A very belated Thanks to Thomas, and thank you, Teresa, for taking time in the midst of travel preparations to send comments and Congrats. Again, have a safe trip, and enjoy it to the fullest! #11117306

Nadia Paul March 30, 2016

Another wonderful ATEP Mary - congrats to you ! #11454385

Mary K. Robison March 31, 2016

Thanks, my friend! #11454420

Ray level-classic April 14, 2016

Love this, Mary! Congratulations on your double Gold...certainly well deserved! #11461485

Mary K. Robison July 01, 2016

A VERY belated thanks for commenting, Ray! #11490755

Mary K. Robison July 10, 2016

Thanks very much, Jim and the BP Staff ~ Being an All-Time Winner makes me feel really good! #11494362

Nadia Paul July 11, 2016

So glad to see this wonderful image sporting an AT Winners badge - congrats my friend! #11494404

Mary K. Robison July 12, 2016

Thank you so much, Nadia! #11494935

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