Daily Photo: Halloween Silhouettes

"Silhouettes"
“Silhouettes”

This card features the Harvest Moon I photographed in September 2011, and the silhouettes of two of my five black cats in a wordless design. I wanted to incorporate the Harvest Moon in at least one design, and kept it simple with the solid black background and just the silhouettes of two of my black cats but in the pale orange of the moon, light against dark instead of dark against light.

Below is the full version of the card, which is available all year round on Portraits of Animals. I also have this in red for Valentine’s Day.

Shared on Facebook and Instagram

It’s Bella Yella! A warm sunny morning turned cold and rainy, just right for cuddling in your favorite yellow basket. Below, with the Instagram filter and then without.

Bella Yella from Instagram.
Bella Yella from Instagram.
Bella Yella no filters.
Bella Yella no filters.

What other photos have I shared around this date in previous years?

Daily Photo Reprises: Laps Full of Cats

two tortoiseshell cats on lap
Cookie and Kelly stacked again

Life’s always been a little difficult here with all these cats and just one lap, but somehow we get by, though I don’t get much actual work done. But my purpose here is really just to be a support for cats, and I guess I do that okay. These photos are from a few days in 2011 with Cookie and Kelly and just about all the Five.

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Stacked Tortie Girls, 2011

It seems Cookie is the perpetrator of the stackable torties in this house; the last photo of the two of them on my lap had Cookie on top, and the two of them in approximately the same position. All I do is change my clothes—from summery sun dress to cool-weather long-sleeve top and denim skirt. In this case, however, Cookie has incapacitated my right hand. Good thing I use the mouse with my left hand.

two tortoiseshell cats on lap
Comfy girls.

Though it looks like Kelly is losing out here by sliding farther down my lap. She realized this and readjusted, which in Kelly’s rule book necessitates a full bath. She was sleepy, however, and tortie fur is tortie fur—she and Cookie ended up vigorously bathing each other for about a minute, then drifting back to sleep.

two tortoiseshell cats bathing
Bathing each other.

The only thing I got done was to take a lot of shaky photos. My arms aren’t long enough for these.

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Today It’s Stacked Black Cats, 2011

two black cats
Mewsette and Mimi cuddle on my lap.

I can only think there’s some sort of competition happening after the reports of “stacked torties girls” from yesterday. Now, that may be true of Mimi—she tends to show up in any of Kelly’s or Cookie’s favorite spots, looking innocent—but Mewsette has no guile whatsoever, and she was the first on my lap this morning.

two black cats
Mewsette bathing Mimi. Happy.

Happily purring and big enough that I have to bend my elbows around her to get my hands to the keyboard, she apparently didn’t mind when her mom came along and first and walked all over her, then cuddled down in front.

This activated Mewsette’s bath gene and she immediately began bathing Mimi, who quietly enjoyed it.

A little later, they left for other activities and Giuseppe settled his large, heavy self across my lap, trying to expand himself so that I had to push away from the keyboard. Eventually Mr. Sunshine came along, thought we looked cozy and decided there was enough room for him, especially if he simply laid down on top of his brother. Giuseppe shuffled a little and this set off Mr. Sunshine’s bath gene and Giuseppe was treated to somewhat of a bath around his ears—after all, they couldn’t move too much or one or both would go tumbling off my lap.

two black cats on lap
Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine.

“What?” Too bad Giuseppe began to turn his face! I’m not sure what he was doing, but it made me reach for the mouse to make sure it didn’t end up on the floor.

two black cats on lap
What are you lookin’ at?

Again, the only thing I got done was to take a lot of shaky photos.

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Stacked and Mixed, A Lap Full! 2011

Kelly shows a little tortitude.

So first Kelly was happily cuddled on my lap after a good thorough bath. Then Mimi finished observing the neighborhood from the shelf at the front window and stepped down from the desk onto my knee, settling down, overlapping Kelly. Kelly was okay with this.

Then Cookie hopped up on my lap and discovered she had no place to go! She ended up walking on both Kelly and Mimi…well, she is the queen of the household but there was a little grumbling. Then she just grew tired of trying to figure it out and decided to simply settle down on both of them. At that point Kelly showed about as much tortitude as she ever does, sitting up indignantly and growling for about four seconds, glaring at Cookie’s tail. I am just a prop in the great drama of laptime.

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