This is Shadow, the kitten Marissa brought home over a year ago. We kinda have a love/hate thing going on. Sometimes she can be a real turkey but I've grown to love her. It's also the way I feel about the rain, I know we need it, love to see it, (especially when you don't have to be driving in it) but hate how dreary it becomes on the 2nd day (& the 3rd, especially the 4th...). The morning after a rain is amazing though, so I guess I gotta love it,...sometimes.
The other day, I decided to take advantage of her holding still at the window. She usually jumps away at the sight of the camera but I got a few lucky shots before she flashed me the evil eye & jumped quickly off the couch.
Most of the time she's a completely 'normal', calm cat but she still has her little wicked side (don't we all), like when she sometimes hisses at us, for no reason. Lately, she's been climbing on Jon's lap for some lovin & warmth (I think she secretly likes him but still playing hard to get, lol). He's like a furnace that runs every season & she's recently decided it's the best place in the house to sit. She makes a break for the couch as soon as he sits down.
Sugar really stepped up to the plate (when Shadow entered our already full family) & really earned her name. Not that I was planning on getting a 2nd cat (MARISSA!!!!) but everything happens for a reason. There isn't a better cat in the world better than Sugar & who knows, maybe she secretly wanted a little sister. We rescued Sugar from Haven Humane in Redding, CA, where we also adopted Missy (our border collie) a few years back & Lady (our golden retriever, we got at same time as Sugar, which was totally not the plan). I'm still missing my boy Shane & I'm so sad for my niece Amanda & Geoff, for losing one of their dookies recently. But how can you not continue to love how our 4-legged critters get us out of the sadness funk in no time at all & we're blessed more each day for receiving their unconditional love.
The photo of Sugar above was taken in May 2011, not a great photo of her but it shows her intense, loving eyes. I'm trying to embrace the rain & love it just the same. The plants & trees deserve a drink too & this gloomy time should be spent practicing with my flash & PocketWizards....that brings on a whole new subject of love/hate, lol. I just wish I had someone besides Lady to photograph. You can't ask her to turn her head or show me pouty, it's just not the same without an actual person. I'm going to start looking for people who will model for me & you can have some photos in return. I think it's a win-win situation. Any takers?....Shoot me a message, I'm totally serious.
PERSONAL NOTE: I found a new wedding photographer that I'm absolutely inspired by, especially his images he creates with light (he's amazing trust me). He even has a technique named after him called the "Brenizer Method" http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/. Check him out, he's an awesome artist & you won't be disappointed. I really can't believe how many photographers are out there but glad I found him. It's great to get inspired by positive creativity. I'm having a great start of the year!!!