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From The Archives: The Little Four on the Bed, February 27, 2008

four black cats on bed
The Little Four on the bed.

Okay, it’s all in the eyes. At seven months old they were still sleeping in a heap, and I was hooked. Clockwise from the top: Mewsette looking at me, Mr. Sunshine looking up, Jelly Bean looking at me and Giuseppe in the lower right corner.

I had to photograph this heap of black kittens. But it was quarter to 5 p.m. and the light was bright enough for me to see what was happening, but not bright enough to get a good photo. I took several other photos before this one, but when I saw them all laid out and saw all those eyes, I knew something had changed…and the rest is history.

When I turned on the light I saw that Cookie was with them too! The light wakes them up.

four black cats and tortie
I woke them up!

They had all been sleeping on the bed with big little tortie sister Cookie, who they adored. In fact, I saw them on the bed with her so frequently that I have no doubt they began sleeping on the bed because that was always Cookie’s afternoon napping spot, and they always joined her. That old digital camera was really having issues and not centering images (as you see in the one above and the lead photo), so I barely caught Cookie in any of these photos. Now they are awake, but she decided to keep on sleeping.

four cats and tortoiseshell cat on bed

I walked around to the foot of the bed to use my chest of drawers to rest the camera and get a clearer photo of them all.

four black cats on bed
We’re awake.

To my surprise, 12 years later, I am still photographing them in a heap, on the bed, but this one was really the first intentional one. Are they looking at me because they like me and trust me, or because they’ve already conditioned to look at me when I have the thing in front of my face and call to them? However it happened, you see the echoes of this moment still today.


Photos From the Archives and Vintage Photos

Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.

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2 thoughts on “From The Archives: The Little Four on the Bed, February 27, 2008

  • It’s hard enough to photograph two housepanthers in one shot, let alone four kittens! So cute!

    • Oh, this is when the lessons began for me! I’d photographed one black cat previously, but more than that was a new game.


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