It’s been colder than usual this time of year. This is Franklin’s version of snuggling, his eyes ever-wild.
I’m going to declare October Gotcha month for all our indoor cats. We began bringing the kittens in around Oct. 10th last year and Franklin came in on Oct. 25 of 2018. I can’t recall exactly when the ferals arrived. We’ll just celebrate Gotcha for them too.
The cats do like the windows. When the hubs rebuilt their rooms he made the sills a little extra wide with cats in mind. We knew we’d always have a cat or cats, but we didn’t really expect the sudden appearance of five kittens in the yard. A case of “If you build it, they will come”.
My cell phone died and I had to have another, so we got one we hoped would have a good camera. I never learned photography basics, I was a painter and mixed media artist until the illness. I didn’t have photo knowledge to transfer to digital cameras. I’ve been writing since I was 12, and I always read a lot, so I still retained that framework mental practice and I wrote a two volume book. Without prior experience, I do have trouble learning new things. So I’m not using digital cameras or cellphones to the max, it’s hard for me to learn the settings and they are difficult for me to manipulate with poor fine finger coordination. I’m using an ancient Photoshop program to “fix” photos somewhat, or at least to change them to something I sort of like. I’d love to have really natural pictures with perfect balance of colors and darks and lights, but I know I’m rarely coming close. I’m never really satisfied with the pictures. But they do show the astonishing scenery I’m surrounded with.
With the cellphone I can now get a few of those cat pictures that show every hair in focus, mostly shipshape although I did work on this. Close-ups are best:
Our friend’s cat, Shelley.
Some are still way off in dark-light-color balance:
Boss looks clawsome here but he didn’t scratch me, he was just flexing his fine claws.
For landscapes I mostly prefer the camera. I find the cellphone shots difficult to frame, too. The pictures look much better in the cellphone than in the computer, where they look much more washed out. My lack of fine finger dexterity means I open up features I didn’t mean to. During one still shot of Franklin, the phone recorded me saying “Kitten, kitten”. LOL it really startled me when I scrolled through the pictures and suddenly heard it.
I was going to put early fall landscapes here – we’re still mostly green but there are a few changes – but I have so many cats to photo edit, I don’t even have any pictures of the ferals ready this time. Jack did start to walk up to me meowing the other day when it was feeding time. He stopped and froze like “Oops, what have I done?” but I felt honored all the same.
I may go back to the format of having Franklin as presenter with Shelley doing the wave-offs, for the nature pictures this fall, anyway. This post is long enough for now.
A huge thank you to all who have purchased my book Catwoods and read it! Consider getting it if you like to read about cats, both anecdotes and science! And a forest full of animals! And art, music, and some old sayings and language from the southeast US. It’s nonfiction but when I do “voice” the cats, I think about who they were living with before they came to us, as well as what books in our house they might have gotten into when we were asleep.