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From the Archives: Autumn Sun

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Autumn Sun

Kelly lazily observes something high up the sunny window as the sun’s warmth both shines and reflects on her, from 2008. The light is so warm and the various patterns of hammered glass in the window create a feeling of seclusion and solitude, and all these reasons drew Kelly to this window regularly on all her years here.

You’ve seen the new window in many photos and sketches, but this is what it looked like before my bathroom renovation; indeed, the steel-frame casement window was quite ready to be replaced as I tried in earnest to paint over rust on the muntins and keep the window panes in place with glazier’s putty. Years of the siding chalking down onto the outside of the glass had left frosted areas on the outside. But in a photo like this all the details of the disrepair only add to the interest, and ironically it even matches Kelly’s tortoiseshell coloring. Early on in photographing my cats and other subject I would never have shown this because I would have been embarrassed for my housekeeping, of all things! But I like the rough, weathered look and saw details like this in photos by others. Along with Kelly herself it’s part of the familiarity that makes it look like home.

Below is a close up of Kelly with her head in a resting position, soft in a near-silhouette.

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Autumn Sun 2

And one more shot, nearly the whole window with tiny little Kelly in the corner, a feline silhouette in an old window with the old sun of autumn.

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Autumn Sun 3

Just to keep new readers up on my feline household and to continue to enjoy photos that were popular, last year I began reposting images from previous years as they come around on the calendar. But I discovered that in the three years I’ve been posting on The Creative Cat I hadn’t posted anything at all on this date, October 1. Rather than let you go an entire day without your dose of multiple cat photos (I do have a lovely daily photo for today), and because I knew there were a few nice ones in the archives, I’m posting this series of photos and will from time to time post photos from the digital image archives in addition to the ones I’ve posted from the vintage film archives.

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