Lucy was a little beauty, and as she gazed out into the back yard through the basement yard we enjoyed a little beauty together.
This series of photos is on film; in an earlier post I had a series of photos I took on film where I’d mentioned I’d been experimenting with lenses and exposure times and other techniques just before I’d gotten my DSLR and found these “lost” prints of Lucy in her last month, some black and white and some color, that were haunting in their intentional distortions of light and color. These are some of the color prints. The photo above is not modified in any way, just taken with the 50mm lens with a magnifier and a filter that diffused light areas, so the sunlight on Lucy’s sides is flashed out. It was taken in June 2007, and Lucy really was that slender; she was a slender kitten, but was just beginning to lose weight.
Below are a few of the things we were looking at out that basement door, as I took some time on a lovely morning to wander the garden and let my eye and my camera do what they would. Sometimes magic happens that I don’t even know about, and that was especially magical when you had to wait for photos to be developed.
The fleabane having a celebration.
The columbines looking like a cloud of fairies above a swirl of blue forget-me-nots.
White daisies, symbols of childhood innocence, and purity, floating among shadows and light.
A dandelion poof…for a wish to come true, perhaps?
And then I wandered back to Lucy, sleeping on the steps, waiting for me.
I wish this photo wasn’t blurry; I know she had sat up, then crouched back down again, and with a manual-focus camera I couldn’t catch her fast enough, but I love her shadow in silhouette, and perhaps it’s blurry for a reason. She has cast a long shadow on us, but in a good way. The photo tells its own story.
We celebrate her today, July 10, for though we lost her on this date, she brought us all together on this date as well. Below is the water bowl Mimi drank from, with forget-me-nots gently floating in it. Today is the date Mimi entered my heart, when I saw her in my garden, and perhaps I entered hers as well.
Lucy is always with us, and though her loss was heartbreaking, her age, the illness, and coming after the losses of four elderly cats in one year, but she changed the lives of five other cats—Mimi came here, was spayed, had no more kittens, and is my best friend now. Her half-siblings have a life they likely would not have had if I hadn’t taken them all in as newborns. And together they all healed me from the devastation of my loss. I will never forget that I can heal. Lucy joined with them on the day they came here, and is part of them forever.
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