Hermit crab crawling over an apple fritter. "Crab Crawls into Contrast." Photo by Jeffrey Luke.

Hermit crab crawling over an apple fritter. "Crab Crawls into Contrast." Photo by Jeffrey Luke.

I have a picture of that little tiger in a cage. I took it years ago, but since I can never get myself to throw out photos, I know it's floating around on a hard drive somewhere. So I'm going to look for it now.

I'm writing this on May 31, 2017. If you check back by June 7th you'll see that very first little tiger in a cage, the the first Animal Donut photos I took with the tiger. Jeff

Shooting atop a Sea Turtle.

Shooting atop a Sea Turtle.

Animal Donut.

Q: “How did you get started photographing animals and donuts?”

A: I teach tennis and as part of my lessons I shoot video so students can see their strokes. I needed to protect the video camera from errant tennis balls, so I built a cage for it. There was an extra space between the bars of the cage, and the friend who shared advice about the cage construction said, “It looks like a tiger cage — you should get a tiger for it."

So I bought a little plastic tiger and put it in the cage. I carried that little tiger in my pocket all week and took pictures everywhere I went.

During a serendipitous moment in a Seattle cafe I put the tiger on top of a donut and Animal Donut was born!