MtLawleyShire’s Fattee cattee – For Nia

Some of the moods of my darling Fattee Cattee over the last month:

Relaxed, lying on the driveway:

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walking up the driveway:

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waiting for me in her favourite position – underneath the car:

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sitting, waiting for me to finish sunset photos:

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in a dry part of the garden (wanting her lemon grass):

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Looking sulky because there is no lemon grass:

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in the evening:

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Sprawled, sleeping on one of her favourite perches in the house – on a low table:

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and on those 40 degree F days, lying on the kitchen floor because it’s cooler than outside:

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Luminous Sky Calligraphy over MtLawleyShire

Clouds are an integral part of a magical sunset and these, in the east and the south-east, were wonderful examples of Sky Calligraphy.

These two are pre-sunset clouds – with their own magic and waiting to be transformed by the lowering light:

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It was fascinating to watch this cloud transform through the range of colour as the light descended:

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This swathe of cloud was intriguing

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and the East was striped by lines of cloud that resembled distant waves

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& finally – with explosion of Sky Calligraphy from the south=east as the last of light departed the sky

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A shrouded moon over MtLawleyShire

Enclouded even in the late afternoon, the moon tonight, three quarters full, was not to be swallowed entirely

 

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The early evening merely pulled in more cloud:

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from a distance, she dominates the sky:

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and almost clear in the early evening, she gleams;

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only to be almost swallowed by cloud in the next moment:

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then the glorious light from departing day gilded her face through the light cloud:

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and as light departed, despite the cloud, she gleamed stronger.  Here she is almost clear of cloud:

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But it didn’t last, though the cloud made a lovely halo

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and this last one – almost clear in her proper dark – tonight’s beautiful moon

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A Summer Sunset over MtLawleyShire

It start gold and uncertain

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swathes of cloud offered promise

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and soon became great sweeps of gilded cream against the wash of crimson on the western horizon:

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and the light lowered, the sweeps of cream became gold and powerful

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dominating the sky in powerful washes

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as the light departed, they deepened into waves across the sky

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a desert upended

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rolling and rich

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the sky washed clean light blue and green is a wonderful contrast against rich reds and golds

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and across the evening, the ibis flew home

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even in detail, the sky retains the sand dune appearance

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as day departs, the hues alter, become richer, more vibrant,

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luminous

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the untidy tatters of neon pink to the north-west contrasted with the red golds of those sweeping clouds

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but all things end, especially sunsets and as light departs, it gives a rich gift, deepening the colours

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changing them in some areas to crimson, and leaving the sky beneath the tattered veil of receding crimson and red, almost green and pale blue.

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All clean for the next day.