A vision quest is a Native American ritual in which a young man embarks on a spiritual journey often led by an animal spirit.
If ever there was an example of what, exactly, one of those spirit guides would look like, its the Maine Coon cats photographed by Robert Sijka.
They are stately. They are majestic. They are little bit creepy. And we’re pretty sure they hold the secrets to the universe.
The giant, gentle Maine Coon has long held a special place in Sijka’s heart. Before he became a photographer, Sijka, along with his wife, became Maine Coon breeders. In fact, his venture into photography stemmed from his need to present their purebred cats to the world.
“I decided that my pictures shouldn’t look like all other beautiful cat pictures, they must be something special,” Sijka, who is originally from Poland but lives in China now, told CatBehaviourist.com. “I started experimenting with light, backgrounds and retouching. After several thousand photos I ended up with my current style.”
The end result is striking. One look at the cats’ piercing eyes and we can’t help but imagine what words of wisdom these magnificent creatures could bestow upon us if they were our spirit guides.
1. “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.”
Good point, but a wolf is still pretty big to begin with.
2. “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
We are all fools. Noted.
3. “It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.”
Keep calm and carry on.
4. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
Some people can be so blind.
5. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
Such a cat thing to say.
6. “It’s OK to eat food that has fallen on the ground if you pick it up in less than 5 seconds.”
Wait, was that the 5-second rule?
7. “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
Truer words were never spoken.