Friday, December 1, 2023
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Daily Photo: Chocolate Cake

Smokie is very sweet, when he wants to be
Smokie is very sweet, when he wants to be

A little pun on “cheesecake”. Well, Smokie is just a kitten. And that’s what I think when I look at the sun in Smokie’s fluffy feathers. Smokie’s gray early kitten fur has developed into a luxurious sable brown with mocha highlights, especially in the sun. Even in natural diffuse light you can see he is a soft brown. Along with those amber eyes he is one handsome kitten.

Smokie looks like chocolate cake!
A contemplative profile.

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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?


Divine Spark, 2013
Giuseppe and I exchange the "Divine Spark"
Giuseppe and I exchange the “Divine Spark”

More where this came from later today!

I so loved the photo, “Divine Spark”, which I posted for Wordless Wednesday, but there were 16 shots, all interesting and the choice was darned difficult! I decided to choose another to feature tonight, and decided instead to do a little animated GIF slideshow of them all.

16 Shadow Kitties Animated Gif
16 Shadow Kitties Animated Gif

And here is the thing I want others to think about in capturing a photograph, whether it’s your cats or your family or your garden or whatever: always have your camera ready, and also be aware of interesting scenes. In this case it was less than an hour after Morning Mousie Mayhem and the Four Housecats of the Apocalypse were still prowling around and acting up, even though the mousie was moved to the back yard and they had had breakfast. But the day was brightening, a hazy early morning turning sunny, and the cats were very animated so I carried my camera on purpose.

I was putting on my tights, sitting on the only seat in the bathroom and noticed Giuseppe’s shadow. I love shadow photography, whether it’s cats or flowers or tree branches, I love the silhouette of a familiar subject in various colors and degrees of opacity. So I quit with the tights and got my camera, snapping photos while Giuseppe looked around the room and out the window, as he does when he sits on the sink. When he sat still, I held that big DSLR in my right hand as steadily as possible and reached my left hand way over my head, reaching for him so he’d start to move around again, then I thought I’d pet him.

Then the sun went behind a big cloud and there was no shadow at all, and I took the opportunity to remove that annoying speck of white primer that’s been in the middle of that panel in the door for about three years and gets in the way of all the shadows cast on that door! Then the sun came out in full force and the soft shadows changed to clear and contrasty shadows.

This slideshow is an animated GIF so you can’t stop it or slow it down. Each of the images appears for two seconds then moves on; the last image sits for five seconds so you know it’s the end, then it starts over.

I have names for most of them, but they are all “Shadow Kitties”. I numbered them in the upper left, so if there’s one that’s your favorite let me know!

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Bean Counter, 2014
black cat watching beans
Mr. Sunshine watches me count out beans into a measuring cup.

Mr. Sunshine takes his responsibility as a detailed supervisor very seriously, and here he helps me at bean-counting time. I tried to explain about income and outflow and profit and loss, but he was a little distracted by all those pretty little beans. Still, I’m sure he understood perfectly.

Below he gives me one of his killer head-tilts and tells me he’s not sure why people make such a big deal out of bean-counting and taxes because this was relatively easy. But then, all is right with the world when Mr. Sunshine looks at me like that.

black cat with head tilted
Is that all there is to taxes?

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My, What A Big Kitty I Am!, 2013
black and white of blakc cat with shadow
Such a big kitty I am!

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Chocolate Cake

  • dood…yur chocolatez furz bee awesum…sauce had chocolatez furz az well…de food gurl never had de fone
    cloze bye when him laid in de sun just rite …. { sigh }

    happee wild whitefish wednesday ♥♥♥

  • bluemoonalone

    Such sweet chocolate he is…love the shadow show..that tilt of the head is precious B..


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