Dougy and I had a sweet time with a favorite wand toy early in the morning, and he enjoyed my enthusiastic “Good boy! What a clever kitty!” praise each time he snared the lure as it passed by.
Later, after the sun came up – yes, it was a sunny day! – Dougy lounged on the kitty lounger by the back door and enjoyed the warmth of the sun. I might add, it really, really, really showed how beautiful his ruff is at this point. Dougy and his brother are boy kitties, but I think they are just plain beautiful. Not handsome, beautiful!
Here’s another look at that ruff:
Let’s not forget Andy. I tried to get a photo of him on the walker by the back door, but he was still a bit skittish because of the medicine episode documented in yesterday’s post. (This post and yesterday’s were both put together on the same day.) When I tried to get an angle that shows how pretty he is, he hopped off the little red chair and never did let me photograph him at his best.
Of course, after I came home after I took a little road trip to dry my car off after running it through the car wash, Andy greeted me at the door, all friendly and loving and huggable! I picked him up three different times, and he love, love, loved me rubbing his whiskers, nose, and tummy! The difference from when I tried to take his photo at a good angle? Beats me!
Yep! Same old problem! Andy (or Dougy – same difference) is being cute, posing nicely, looking like a potential subject for a blog post, but…he’s in the dark. Oh well. I took the photos anyway, hoping Photoshop would rescue them. One turned out subtle because his whiskers were highlighted by the sun behind him. The others had to be manipulated beyond a reasonable point, turning Andy into an extraterrestrial alien kitty: “Come to the light!”
Here’s the subtle “highlighted whiskers” Andy.
This is pretty much what the rest looked like after typical Photoshopping.
Then, one last effort to bring out detail in Andy (exposure) resulted in this…
Oh well. I kind of like the “highlighted whiskers” Andy. In the meantime, I’ll try to catch him in good light for future posts.
Some days I am lucky to get photos of either kitty because they are hiding in the dark. Dougy chose by the front door. Andy, who was hiding from his daily dose of medicine, hid under the computer desk. Grrr! I don’t have time today to play black-cats-in-dark-places games, but the kitties are doing their best to be difficult!
Here are my heavily Photoshopped results:
Dougy in the dark. No idea why.
Andy in the dark, hiding from his daily medicine dose….
I’ll catch you boys yet! And you, Andy, if I can take my medicine like a big boy, so can you!
Here’s an Andy photo from another day, one when he was enjoying the sun coming in through the back door.
Once again, I am fighting the process of taking photos of black cats in dark places. Thanks to time constraints, I’m putting up two photos I don’t care for because of how I had to get them to a “passable” state, but not a great one.
(Dougy”s rubbing against my leg just now, petting it with his tail, his way of saying, “…but I love you anyway!” Awwww! Thanks, Dougy!)
Andy sits in the dark for his portrait…
So does Dougy! Oh well, his eyes were open for a change.
The kitty boys have spent the past week sorting out which is top cat, with the attendant extra fur clumps on the carpet. No harm done, of course, other than to egos. (I think Andy won this round.) With that in mind, I was surprised when Dougy came onto the computer desk through Andy’s territory, stepped over Andy, and joined me on the lower shelf, Dougy’s spot since he was a wee fart.
Shortly after Dougy arrived, they both watched birds out the back window.
I had to take this photo!
The flash alerted the boys to my intentions, so Dougy closed his eyes for this one. Of course!
I almost got a shot with eyes open. Well, close enough!
I’ve told you before how Dougy ruins most photos by closing his eyes just before the flash goes off. He’s pretty cagey that way! Unfortunately, though, that means you see far fewer photos of Dougy than you do of his brother, Andy.
Here’s a selection of today’s Dougy photos. I think I caught him with his eyes kind of open in one!
Dougy poses nicely till he realizes the flash is about to go off. Then he closes his eyes.
The flash brings on refusal to pose. Dougy turns his back to me!
In low light, the camera assesses how much flash and open shutter are necessary to get a “readable” photo, then takes the picture.
I anticipate how long that takes, then try to attract Dougy’s attention so that he turns his head (with open eyes) at the right time to get a decent photo.
Oh well! What a lovely washed out shot of Dougy’s butt.
Dougy wanders off, and I say to hell with it for one more day!
Dougy reveals his eyes…!
I thought I had some photos of the boys ready, but didn’t. Here’s a quick shot of Andy, however, since he (reliably) showed up and took his spot on top of my PC. Good kitty!
Andy’s horns are up, but I think today that just means he’s interested in what I’m doing. I hope!
Other times, it’s a sign of mayhem to come. LOL!
I guarantee every photo I post of my kitties is one of several taken to get to the one that’s adequate to post! I also guarantee that there are times (all too often) where “adequate” is “barely so”. Kitties just aren’t that easy to photograph when they aren’t in the mood to cooperate!
Then, out of the blue, one or the other will pose nicely and hold it.
Andy is a sleepy boy…!
Andy just stopped by to take a cat bath.
…or to keep an eye on me in case I plan to put out kitty treats.
While Dougy watches me from afar.
Andy loves the top of the computer. He can watch the scene with ease, even see around corners, thanks to a full length mirror.
Andy didn’t miss the electricians who came to fix the smoke alarm.
Yeah, he keeps a watch on me, too! Andy needs to know the who, what, when, where, and why of everything. Amazingly, he doesn’t even have a journalism degree!
“Eyes of the news”! Well, he would be if he shared what he saw with Dougy or posted a blog. (Horrors, that!)