Kelly lazily observes something high up the sunny window as the sun’s warmth both shines and reflects on her, from 2008. The light is so warm and the various patterns of hammered glass in the window create a feeling of seclusion and solitude, and all these reasons drew Kelly to this window regularly in all her years here.
This is what the bathroom window looked like before my bathroom renovation with the nice new double-hung window. That steel-frame casement window was quite ready to be replaced as I tried in earnest to paint over rust on the muntins and keep the window panes in place with glazier’s putty. Years of the siding chalking down onto the outside of the glass had left frosted areas on the outside. But in a photo like this all the details of the disrepair only add to the interest, and ironically it even matches Kelly’s tortoiseshell coloring. Early on in photographing my cats and other subjects I would never have shown this because I would have been embarrassed for my housekeeping, of all things! But I like the rough, weathered look and saw details like this in photos by others. Along with Kelly herself it’s part of the familiarity that makes it look like home.
Below is a close up of Kelly with her head in a resting position, soft in a near-silhouette. I loved it when Kelly was relaxed.
And one more shot, nearly the whole window with tiny little Kelly in the corner, a feline silhouette in an old window with the old sun of autumn.
After I lost Cookie and Kelly in 2012 I began reposting images from previous years as they come around on the calendar just to keep new readers and current readers up on the members of my feline household and to continue to enjoy photos that were popular; this was when the “From this date in previous years” tradition began. But in 2012 I also discovered that in the three years I’ve been posting on The Creative Cat I hadn’t posted anything at all on October 1. That was when I began posting photos “From the Archives” and “Vintage Photos”, from the digital image archives in addition to the ones I’ve posted from the vintage film archives. At first it was to fill in the gaps, but then Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday came along and I regularly use them then.
In black and white
I do love the subtle colors in these photos—they are what give the photos their warm feeling, and I love remembering Kelly’s amber and tan spots. But these are also the sorts of scenes I love in black and white—contrasty, detailed, plenty of different patterns. So here they are below in black and white, still a sweet memory of Kelly.
Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.
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What other photos from the archives have I shared on this date?
From the Archives: Cat Laundry, 2005
That’s an interesting item in my laundry basket. Wonder what it is?
Perfectly fills the basket.
I should have guessed. I still get this expression when I disturb my cats with this silly habit of taking photos. Too bad it’s so blurry!
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From the Archive: Hide and Seek, 2011
Tortie Cookie blends in with the autumn abundance of overgrowth in my garden last year on October 1, 2011, the golden late-afternoon sun contrasting with the deep patterns and giving Cookie the perfect camouflage. She is well aware she is camouflaged and is looking right at me because she wants me to find her. If I did not, she would find me, or she would emerge from her hiding place…
Funny, that’s pretty much what it’s like today, weatherwise and catwise…some things never change.
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