Daily Photo: Dramatic Lighting

A very sculptural Bella with the curtain.
A very sculptural Bella with the curtain.

All this lovely sunshine we’ve been having has been glorious! I actually had to shut my cafe curtains for a few minutes while at my computer because it shone right in the window, and after all this cloudy weather my eyes just aren’t ready for it! Bella made the most of the lighting. I really like all the reflected colors on the side of her face. Here’s another dramatic view of lovely Bella, who knows how to pose.

Dramatic lighting with the curtain and Bella.
Dramatic lighting with the curtain and Bella.

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From Instagram and Facebook today

Good morning! Apparently a certain family of housepanthers think vegan banana walnut bread from the Homeless Cat Management Team’s spaghetti dinner is an appropriate feline treat, but actually it’s my breakfast. I love it when they line up like this. From the left it’s Mr. Sunshine, Jelly Bean, Mewsette, Giuseppe and their little mom Mimi.

Five for banana bread.
Five for banana bread.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

Looking Up, 2015
Amber eyes.
Amber eyes.

Basil spends a lot of time by the basement door now that it’s open nearly every day. Everything out the is SO EXCITING. And it’s RIGHT THERE. He just can’t get over it. But when he looks up at me and the light hits his eyes just right they look like pure, warm amber.

I also see that he achieved a membership in the One White Whisker Club for his first birthday.

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Posted on Facebook

The rain has passed and the sun is out. Mimi is happy.

The boss is happy.
The boss is happy.

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Other Photos Posted On or Around This Date…

A Busy Day at Work, 2011
two tortoiseshell cats greet person
Morning Greetings from Cookie and Kelly, Cookie first, of course.

It began in the morning with the boys slacking off in an after-breakfast nap so the senior torties had to take over the greeting detail at the door when a customer came in. Kelly waits her turn as befits a less-senior tortie, but it’s a big step for a kitty who used to vaporize when a human other than me approached (even me sometimes if I was moving too fast).

Every human has to be approved before they can approach Mama Bernadette. This guy has been dropping off work for about ten years so he was okay.

Then Big Brother showed up and while Mama Bernadette finished up with a conference call. Jelly Bean made the most of his visit. Uncle Mark has big hands and they can cover a lot of a kitty at one time, and he knows just how to scratch a kitty’s back too.

black cat being petted
JB nearly stands on his toes for his back rub.

A little later in Mark’s visit he sat down again and Giuseppe, a little less brash than Jelly Bean in his approach, tried to make it look as if he was desperate for some pets as well. My brother is one whose hand lifts and pets the cat without his even realizing, and though he’s 6’4″ with a heavy step and a deep voice, my cats have always trusted him immediately.

black cat lying on his side
Giuseppe wants a belly rub.

Then it was naptime all over again, Giuseppe settling down first, and Mr. Sunshine on top of him, necessitating Mom’s mid-afternoon break since she couldn’t work with the boys all over her papers (she moved them, but they came right back).

two black cats on desk
Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine command my work area.

After their turn came Jelly Bean who is a little smaller and useful for holding papers.

black cat under papers on desk
Jelly Bean can make himself comfortable anywhere.

And finally, Cookie, exhausted, settled where she’d make the most impact.

tortoiseshell cat sleeping on desk
Cookie is exhausted after a day of work.

How much work do you suppose I got done today?

(About as much as I ever get done…a very sweet little memory of my household on a typical day in 2011.)

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Straw Hat Day, and More, 2014
black cat with straw hat
Jelly Bean snuggling with my hat.

Jelly Bean will snuggle up with just about anyone—or anything, like my straw hat which another certain black cat had knocked down from atop the entertainment center. Entertainment for Mr. Sunshine, that is. The hat landed on a stack of stuff that’s been part of the feline entertainment center lately, and where they can nap and also look out the door. Jelly Bean usually recruits a relative to nap with him, but here he made do with the hat. The hat did not try to wrestle with him unprovoked.

A couple of years ago, in approximately the same spot, Mr. Sunshine himself became the subject of a cat and a hat, and a mat…

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Black…Mats? Hats? Cats? 2012
black cat on box under hat
Black mats?

I make the mistake of curling up for a nap on a box that happens to say “black mats”, and mom gets all excited and starts tossing things on top of me.

You can’t see, but first she tossed her black straw hat on top of me because she’d worn it that day. Then she decided it wasn’t enough so she tossed her big straw hat on top of that because “you could see it”. Why would you want to?

Then she laughed.

Then she got the camera.

And I will always be remembered for this.

Thanks, mom.

And then, of course, this is how those hats end up down there…

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The Cat and The Hats, 2013
black cat with hats
Mr. Sunshine joins in the fun of National Poetry Month.
Where did these hats come from?
I knocked them down a while ago!
Could it be that my human
Keeps replacing them just so?

 

How DID they get back up here?
I knocked them down a couple of times!
It’s all becoming very clear
That human has set me up for rhymes!

 

Hey, it’s National Poetry Month! Might as well have a rhyming post that’s also a little Seussical!

And Mr. Sunshine really did knock my hats down a couple of times. They were in his way.

Really, here’s another thing that hasn’t changed. Those are my sun hats to protect my eyes when I’m out walking or painting on a very sunny day. I try to keep them looking nice, but Mr. Sunshine has other ideas. All but the one I was wearing were on the floor when I came back home from errands today.

 

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What other photos have I shared on this date?

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Nothing to See Here, 2013
two black cats
“Go away.”

Looks like Jelly Bean is about to knight Giuseppe with that characteristic paw on the ear.

Or perhaps they are about to cuddle with their paws wrapped around each other.

Or the boys are getting set up for a little wrestling match, one of Bean and Giuseppe’s favorite activities.

Whatever it is they plan on doing, they’d really like it if I left them alone so they could carry on without some human trying to get all the attention with her stupid pictures.

Okay, guys, I’ll go away, but just be careful what you ask for!

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Wordless Wednesday: Beautiful Moment
two black cats
Mewsette and Giuseppe intertwine faces, paws and tails in a sweet moment.

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Interlocking Kitties, 2012
two black cats in hug
Interlocking Kitties

Giuseppe and Jelly Bean perform an interesting mid-nap conjoinment of paws and faces and tails. It’s another one of their gratuitous displays of brotherly sweetness that makes my day go by in an instant.

 


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One thought on “Daily Photo: Dramatic Lighting

  • May 25, 2016 at 10:55 am
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    AWESUM fotos two day guys !! we N joyed each one

    { we had sum trubull trying ta ax cess yur site yesterday ??? if ewe were online shoppin at de pet toy store; we willna say nothin ta mom B….. :)♥♥♥

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