Vintage Photo: Spring Afternoon, 2000

tortoiseshell cat on windowsill
Kelly collecting sunlight on the windowsill.

As I was photographing my notecards this morning at the sunny window at the top of the stairs I remembered a photo of Kelly I’d recently seen among my boxes of photo prints. Wish I had a negative scanner so I could capture the details, but you just can’t miss Kelly’s big rounded ears alight with sun. The window is narrow and on a warm spring morning the sun pours in and is trapped in the narrow opening. It’s a casement window so the breezes are deflected and softened by the partially opened window, and Kelly has her paws on the window controls in case it gets too hot or cold. She’d been with us for three years and was just feeling kind of relaxed and confident. And looking sweet and pretty. I think she might actually trust me here.

Then I checked in my bedroom…

gray cat on bed
Moses pretty darned comfortable on the bed.

And found my formerly feral Moses completely unconcerned about anything getting her as she slept on the pillows on my bed. She kind of opened her eyes when I walked in. I loved it when I found her like this. Of course, she’d been with me for 13 years, but a careful cat never really knew what humans might do.

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From the Archives: Wrong Color Camo, 2006

cat watching birds
Cookie doesn’t really “blend” with her environment, but it works for her nonetheless.

Cookie truly believes she’s used her environment to her best advantage in stealthily monitoring the doves on the feeder. It’s unfortunate that Cookie’s feline color perceptions can’t really tell that pink and green does not mask black and orange, but what do I know, I’m just a human, and humans are famous for not seeing what’s important. I’m sure the doves can’t see her in any case, and most of the birds who visit these feeders seem to be aware that a window is between themselves and the cats who are watching them.

Because this is digital I know it’s from April 20, 2006. The ones of Kelly and Moses, I just know they are in April judging by some of the photos in the same pack of prints.

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