We lost our Little Buddy last year, at age 19. We miss him, always.
I was going for the feel of a seasonal ‘spooky’ night when I intensified the colors in the above picture with photo editing. But the lighting is a mix of daytime solar and incandescent, just enhanced to look ‘unreal’. Along with the glitz I see our sweet rascally boy drowsing thoughtfully on his blankie.
(All pictures are copyrighted 2015 but were taken in earlier years.)
It’s the time of bright foliage shimmering in the treetops. Walking to the creek, looking down, there it all is again: reflections of the trees’ reds, greens, oranges, as well as the sky’s blues. So it’s like, you can’t miss it, no way! I love fall, the berries of violet and crimson that draw the birds, the arts festivals, the hayrides. I also love Halloween when it’s the fun and benign sort of spooky, the costumes, the characters, the glowing pumpkins, the iridescent decorations, the old movies we unearth or get from the library, Frankenstein, maybe an old vampire flick with Christopher Lee. Harvest, strings of purple lights, haystacks, pumpkin patches. Black cats. (!?) Well, in the traditional color scheme, cats black as a plush autumn night contrast fetchingly with the oranges and golds of ripening gourds and electrifying trees.
A misty photo to being with, this one has a ‘mysterious’ edge to me. The autumn air is dense with falling leaves, moods, remembrance, longing, thoughts of all those persons and pets we’ve lost. The “hue/saturation” slider always wants to shift LB’s eyes towards green when they were actually a deep gold. There were greenish areas close to his irises, which the editing program picked up on, I imagine.
Much as I love this season, I hate that I have to strongly advise: During the month of October and a few days after, keep your black cats, and cats and dogs of all colors, and all animals, inside, safe and protected from harm by depraved individuals! I hate that black cats are being adopted as Halloween props for parties, then abandoned or taken back to the shelter after the holiday’s over. Humans need to be careful these days, too. Like so many have said, what’s wrong with people!?
So do I want to see black cats in Halloween imagery?
BTW here is my take on the all natural beautiful, affectionate black cat:
While in the past I questioned the wisdom of using black cat imagery for the October holiday, it’s become commonplace. Now even black cat advocates’ social media sites are full of black kitties bringing glamour and grace to the pumpkin patch or the spooky scenery. Trying to keep cats out of Halloween decor would be a losing battle. Growing artistry in photo manipulation, and in imaginative prowess, has made for some highly effective spookiness. And I like spooky as well as anyone, as long as it’s kindly, benevolent at heart, well-intended.
So, these are my pictures of my sweet Little Buddy, jazzed up towards seasonal via editing. I can’t match what’s being done by real photo editing experts, but I liked making my little guy’s black cat beauties shine even more. Though I did tear up at times, missing him.
The eyes shift to green again. Season-wise it works, there’s green here in our trees yet, chlorophyll hanging in there with reds, yellows, and oranges.
Tried another technique, and somewhat restored the gold eyes.
He was a radial hypoplasia kitty, described more fully here:
He remains with me throughout all seasons, in heart though no longer in house.
“Pumpkin kitty” a jack o’ lantern I designed in 2005 while actually looking at Little Buddy’s face for guidance. My husband carved the pumpkin from my drawing, and added the ears.
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!