This is a photo of Dante in September of 2014 taken during the day (believe it or not!). The back yard was almost completely shaded by the crab apple and maple trees except for a brilliant spot of light where the sun broke through the canopy of leaves.
For this version, I used a filter which added some 'soft noise'. You can see that the photo appears to have some texture.
And in this version, I used the 'Watercolour Pencil' effect, so it looks more like a drawing.
Today is Dante's Dada's 64th birthday and since Dante is not with us, we would like to relive a memory from Dada's birthday in 2012.
Dada had always wanted a BMW and in 2012 he got one. It was second-hand and a 2009 model, but had low mileage and he loved it!
As if the car wasn't enough Dada and Dante got some BMW purraphenalia, too. They are both wearing BMW-branded shirts!
Dante and Dada were very close. Dante always waited for Dada to get up in the morning, and positioned himself on the penultimate bottom step to await his pats. Dante would mew like a kitten as Dada descended the stairs.
Dante always preferred Dada's rougher petting to mine, although I'm sure he appreciated my more gentle touch as well.
I put together the birthday card, above, on the computer, and wrote a poem. Here is just one of the verses:
"At least you have the memories of
Our Dante and his kitty love
He was such a remarkable cat
Who delighted in your manly pat"
Dante gave his Dada and I the best gift possible -- fourteen and a half years of pure joy and wonder! And his pictures enable us to keep that joy and wonder in PURRpetuity.