Sometimes you have to say goodbye

I know, this is not a black and white picture and this is black and white Wednesday but I need to post this picture today. If you remember a few weeks ago, I posted that amazing (seriously, it’s one of my all time favorite pictures that I have ever taken) picture of my cat Blackberry? Well, today Blackberry, who has been struggling with cancer, died… and I am really sad. Obviously she was really old (18 years old!) and she was such a good cat to our family for that long. I have all these happy memories of her from all those years too. So I can’t hold it against her for dying. But it still makes me sad.
Cobalt took this picture of me saying goodbye to Blackberry in person last month right before we came back to Colorado. The whole way to the airport and back to Colorado, I couldn’t stop thinking about how soft her ears were and how happy her purring in my arms made me feel. I don’t think I will ever forget that. I’m going to miss you Blackberry… I love you.

Red sky in the morning…

Sailor’s Warning…
For those of you wondering, no I did not take this beautiful sunrise picture with my cell phone so yeah… no cell phone picture today. Wow… I am breaking all sorts of rules right now. I just want to point out the plasticity of this blog. I had pictures planned for both yesterday and today that just got totally pushed out of the way by this picture and the orca picture yesterday. I guess it’s good – keeps the blog current and up to date. No worries… You’ll see those pictures soon.
Anyway about this picture. Funny story as I am not usually one to be awake during the sunrise (unless lab requires it, which it didn’t this time). So yesterday, I was happily asleep when I woke up because I heard a strange sound outside my house. I got up and looked outside the window to see if I could find the source of the sound (pretty sure it was just the wind trying to blow my house down… it does that a lot) and saw this gorgeous sunrise instead! Forgetting that it was about 6:30 am and I still had an hour and a half until my alarm went off, I grabbed the DSLR and started shooting pictures of the prettiness. Freakin gorgeous… I love the oranges and the reds… and how the trees are just silhouettes. I also like how you can tell that it was a bit windy outside because the tree in the center of the picture is a bit blurry. Awesome.

Haven’t done this much this week as I really haven’t had that much to edit. I just wanted to tell you about it today in case you are wondering if I severely photoshopped the orange colors. I did not. If anything, they are a bit paler than they were originally because I used “Shadow/Highlights” to get the sky a little more blue. Otherwise, that is as shot.

Craziness today! Harry Potter 7 (part 1) comes out (I saw it last night at midnight… Ha!) AND my friend Janet is giving her thesis defense! Woooo GO JANET!!! :D