Vintage Photo: Kelly Birdwatching, February 2000

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Kelly birdwatching

Little Kelly intently watching a bird just outside the window, so intently that she paid no attention to me at all. This casement window, the one that’s still at the top of the stairs, has a protruding hinge at the top and bottom corners, just right for a mourning dove to catch some warmth from the rising sun just as Kelly was while sitting on the windowsill on a cold February morning. She sat and patiently watched that dove, and others at other times, for whole minutes at a sitting, a real achievement for a busy kitty like Kelly. She had been with us four years but could still be a little nervous of me with my camera because I stared at her with it, and that might make any cat nervous, but especially a formerly feral kitty.

In that day, and in this, I felt this caught little Kelly pretty well, petite, guileless, intent, just a sweet little cat. I liked it so much that I sold framed prints of it and donated them to shelter auctions too, where Kelly was pretty popular with people who had cats who also did just what Kelly was doing. In fact, I still have framed prints of it in my display when I’m at an animal event, and here in the house, and when I built the new website, I added Kelly there too.


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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One thought on “Vintage Photo: Kelly Birdwatching, February 2000

  • February 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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    Oh my word, I thought Kelly was a kitten! So tiny, and adorable. Reminds me of our Sweetie, who probably was a kitten herself when she first had kittens, so she never grew very big. I adore her, and I have new plans to bring her inside; details to follow!

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