Archive for the ‘Luna’ Category
My wife and daughter do storytime. Since Luna moved in nearly three years ago, she has joined them. Presently, they’re working their way through Harry Potter. She lays there, listens, and occasionally purrs.
She skips some days. Other days, she’ll realize she missed it, and run in and chirp. Once in a while, another chapter is read, just for Luna.
My wife related to me today that Luna enlisted Beso in trying to get out the current book. He’s bigger, and better able to help. I wonder what she would do once they got it out–I’m not sure she can read herself.
The are no longer kittens, though we still refer to them as such. Beso and Luna are three years old. Beso has deep thought sometimes.
Luna is still a hacker-ninja-princess, bounding through life.
It’s hard work to look this good. Don’t you just love her pedicure?
Beso is also a handsome cat.
Happy birthday, kitties!
It’s Mardi Gras! Time for the annual photo session for the cats. Luna checked out the beads.
Eddy is ready. “Throw me something, mister!”
Luna, of course, looks good in anything.
I look…goofy (perhaps because I’m not a cat).
But Beso just isn’t in the spirit.
Happy Mardi Gras!!!
This weekend, I set about taking a new profile picture for all my internet presence.
I got a couple options.
I kept goofing around with that…
…when Beso showed up.
Let’s face it: he’s cuter than me.
Luna also appeared, and I took a picture with her, too.
She was thrilled!
They wandered off. Luna checked out the snow.
Beso hung out on the bed, annoyed I was still taking pictures of him.
I try to pull out my camera once a week and take pictures. This was an interesting session, with fun results.
We started the Christmas Snow Leopard tradition for our cats two years ago. I had ordered a couple of plush mice from the Snow Leopard Trust. The Snow Leopard Trust works with folks living in areas where snow leopards like to roam. They provide income through the production of a variety of things, such as the felt mice, in exchange for protecting the cats. Where before the snow leopards were viewed as a threat to their flocks to be killed on sight, now they are guarded by the herders.
A good example of the effects of this program was recently demonstrated. A snow leopard cub was found on the roof of a home in Mongolia. Before it would have been shot and killed on sight. Now, the only shooting took place with cell phone cameras. The cub was safely relocated to the mountains. I think it is great that this organization looks at how to look at the impact the endangered species is having on the humans it shares a territory with, and helping solve problems to minimize conflict, rather than dictating what should be done.
Last year, I gave to the Snow Leopard Trust through work, as the cats still had their mice. The Christmas Snow Leopard still came, bringing new Beastie Bands for the cats. This year, my wife actually adopted Devekh, a radio-collard wild snow leopard, for me. I have my very own snow leopard!
That’s not Devekh but another snow leopard on the cover of the folder–there was a good picture of him inside. Naturally, our new plush friend now shares that name.
The cats, however, got three cool gifts from a local store called Confetti Cats, specializing in cat toys and products. They had a grand time unwrapping everything.
One, a “Luna Loop,” was a small, simple toy. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures of it. The other two were well received and photographed.
My wife noticed Eddy really liked this shaggy plume on te top of one of the other toys, which also had a big base. We sound something similar but lighter.
He loved it!
We also got a Cat Crib, a hammock designed to attach under chairs. The box was the first part of that toy.
Then they each took a turn sitting in it.
Beso eventually figured out he could play with both toys at once, while Eddy sat up top.
It was a great Christmas, and a fun continuation of our little tradition.
They can keep the light from interrupting your nap.
I’m not always allowed to get to bed on time.
I got into photography as an all-digital guy. I’ve never had the space for a wet darkroom, and patience, at least when I was younger, was not my strong suit. When good DSLRs became more affordable, it seemed more do-able to me. I got a Nikon, along with my own “digital” darkroom.
Coincidentally, my late father had a Nikon. He mentioned wanting to get into photography from time to time, but probably had the same limitation. Unfortunately, he never got the opportunity to try out a DSLR to really explore the hobby. He did had a Nikon N80, which he did shoot family events with.
My mom came across it, and asked if I was interested in it. I thought it might be fun to go retro, and try some film shooting. All my lenses were compatible, so the only real expense is the film. Inside, there was a roll of film, half-shot. I finished it out, in part to test the camera.
Film has a different look from digital, though part of it may be because of the film’s age. There are actually filters for Lightroom to emulate various types of film. The roll was Kodak Gold 200, which I don’t believe is made any more.
As always, my cats were
eager ambivalent models.
As it turns out one hour film developing is no longer common–two to three days seems to be the norm, though I was told black and white would require more like two weeks. I found one place that still offered it to turn around this initial roll, and they said they would be discontinuing this service early next year.
My workflow was similar to my digital process. I had the film developed to a CD, and imported the images to Aperture. There, I made my final adjustments. Still, the distinctive look of film remained.
The roll of film was over eight years old–to some extent, I was surprised it came out at all. Some of the prints showed damage. I was able to fix some of it in Aperture, but artifacts remain. You can see signs in the doorframe, as well as just above Eddy’s eyes.
While I doubt I will shoot a lot of film–there is a bit of cost and hassle associated with it relative to digital–I think it will be fun to experiment with it from time to time.
As I mentioned, half of the roll was used by my father, and it was interesting to see what appeared. And, it would seem my dad and I got to shoot a roll of film together.
It’s become an annual tradition–at least since we got the kittens–to take pictures of the cats with the pumpkin(s).
Of course, the boys were more interested in the treats I got out for the photo shoot, rather than the pumpkins.
Which makes sense–black is really the most appropriate attire for Halloween.
Luna can really look the part of spooky cat.
Eddy, though lacking Luna’s black coat, can bring the attitude.
Clearly, he earned his title of “senior cat.”
What’s with the “Yes on 2?” Look here!
I spent the whole day writing emails referring to “Friday, September 13.” I was late making the connection. Even later did it occur to me: I have a black cat.
One does need to be careful with black cats on Friday the Thirteenth…they tend to steal your heart.
Well, she does that every day.
Truthfully, Luna wasn’t in a mood to pose. Beso always is willing to pose.
Especially when you mention chicken!