In photographing the current crop of black cats on an overcast morning that suddenly turned sunny, causing us all to drop what we were doing to celebrate, I remembered a series of photos from January 2007 featuring their daughter and half-sister Lucy in the same setting we were using this morning. Lucy constantly found ways to play hide and seek with me, and I always obliged! It took some planning and patience to capture this image through the leaves and stems of the Lucy kitten who never stopped moving—unless, of course, she was posing as you see below.
You may recognize much of what’s in this photo since it provides the setting for many photos of Lucy’s immediate family, as well as her extended family in the form of the cats who’ve lived with me through the years, but when Lucy was here she spent so much time in it I called it Lucy’s Garden of Lucy’s Jungle, depending on how she was acting. You may notice there is a faint rainbow to the right of her on the wall; I did have crystals suspended in each window at that time, but in truth rainbows followed her everywhere.
At this time we were caring for Stanley, who was in his last month, and spent much of it in the bathroom, right around the corner. Seeing young and happy Lucy in her garden when I went to check on Stanley was heartening for me, and I’m sure she understood her role. You can see that somber expression on her kitten face. Read about Lucy.
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