A beautiful memory

Close up shot of cat sitting on couch back. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

It’s been two years since our very sick fur-baby walked out of the house and didn’t return. I believe she died on her own terms, but it took months, if not years, for us to stop seeing imaginary flashes of movement, and rushing to open the door to the sound of phantom scratching.

This morning I missed her particularly badly. Until my runny nose and sneezing began and I remembered how her (utterly wonderful) presence had started to trigger my allergies.

Posted to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | pet

Seven Day Black & White Challenge .. and on the eighth day, colour edits

Close up shot of bee feeding on yellow flower. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

During the Seven Days of Black & White Challenge there were a few comments about how various shots would look in colour. Well, here they are.

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Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Close up shot of snowflake christmas decorations with bokeh. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Twilight shot of Palais Theatre, St Kilda Melbourne, Australia. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

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Image: Su Leslie, 2017

colour shot of art deco building in process of being demolished. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Close up shot of cat sitting on couch back. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Both Elsie at Ramblings of a Writer, and Lucile at Sights and Insights invited me to join the Seven Days of Black & White challenge. The rules are simple:

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

If you haven’t already taken part, please consider it — especially if black & white is not your usual “thing” photographically.

Of cats and cameras

My fur-baby. Shot with 50mm f/1.8 lens. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

My fur-baby. Shot with Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

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My fur-baby. Shot with Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Practicing with my new lens. The boy-child told me it has a very shallow depth of field, but I don’t think I grasped quite how shallow until I shot these photos of our fur-baby. Am quite pleased with them though.

 

 

Travel theme: endearing

Now 14, it's difficult to remember that these two were once cheeky, bouncy kittens. Photo: Su Leslie, 2000

Now 14, it’s difficult to remember that these two were once cheeky, bouncy kittens. Photo: Su Leslie, 2000

There are few things more endearing than beloved family pets.

Except perhaps watching children interact with said pets.

A rare cuddle. The boy-child's cat allergy has made him wary of too much contact. Photo: Su Leslie, 2009.

A rare cuddle. The boy-child’s cat allergy has made him wary of too much contact. Photo: Su Leslie, 2009.

The boy-child has grown up with two cats in his life. We got them the year we returned to NZ and they are now 14. At the time, we didn’t know he has a cat allergy. It didn’t take too long to find out though, so it hasn’t really been a close relationship between the boy and his pets, although I think he loves them dearly.

Clash of the Titians? The two "reds" in the family. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

Clash of the Titians? The two “reds” in the family. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

Despite being brother and sister, the cats aren’t at all alike. The grey and white male has always been much larger (probably because he lives to eat) yet more timid — while his smaller sister is always keen to find a warm lap to snuggle in.

Making himself comfortable. Our male cat has always been much bigger than his sister - who compensates by being smarter. Although it's all relative! Photo: Su Leslie, 2005

Making himself comfortable. Our male cat has always been much bigger than his sister – who compensates by being smarter. Although that is all relative! Photo: Su Leslie, 2005

What happens when you sleep in a pile of sappy leaves and twigs. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

What happens when you sleep in a pile of sappy leaves and twigs. We had to snip off little bits of his fur to free him from this mess. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

 

In the (rare) absence of a human to relax on, she will settle for the rug. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

In the (rare) absence of a human to relax on, she will settle for the rug. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014.

Ailsa’s theme this week at Where’s My Backpack is endearing. Here are a few other bloggers’ take on the theme:

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/travel-theme-endearing/

https://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/travel-theme-endearing/

http://closetoeighty.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/travel-theme-endearing/

http://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/pandas-of-chengdu-travel-themeendearing/

http://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/travel-theme-endearing/

http://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/the-milky-way/

http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/travel-theme-endearing/

http://closetoeighty.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/travel-theme-endearing-2/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/travel-theme-endearing/

http://snapsandstories.com/2014/08/10/travel-theme-endearing/