Saturday, June 23, 2007

Pablo by torchlight

This was me on Thursday night, June 21st.
The shortest day of the year (that is, the day with the shortest amount of daylight).
The day when Hobart had its lowest maximum temperature for two years (6C/43F).
At around 9pm on this, of all nights, we had a power blackout.
By then, the temperature was around 4C/39F.
I know that's not amazingly cold for some of you (like Jack and Persephone up in Canada), but it was pretty cold for me, and even colder for Nick and Kate, who don't have the benefit of my luxurious furs to keep them warm.

So, with no light and no heat, they rugged up and found torches and candles. I followed them around, because I wasn't sure what was going on. Then Kate asked Nick to take a photo of me by torchlight (that's it, above).

Then things got a bit experimental.

Nick found his little pen torch and he and Kate did some 'light painting' with timed exposure shots:

This one's a cat; you can kind of tell. I'm there to the right.

Here's Nick trying to do a 'P' for Pablo (I'm there on the right again).

Kate tried to draw some cat ears on her head...

... then Nick gave me two heads. (Don't worry, it's not real!)

Kate was thinking that she was going to have to give me a candle-lit meal, but then the power came back on. The 45-minute blackout was fun, but I was glad to be able to see my food and have the heat back on.

Injury update: I'm totally on the mend. The antibiotics have worked a treat and my would is healing beautifully. My furs are even growing back! Thanks for all your good wishes. Fighting might be tough, but it's not fun when you get hurt. I'll try to control myself in the future.



Anonymous said...

Pablo, I'm so glad you are healing up well! And wow, it sounds like you had fun during the blackout! I really like those light paintings. Very artsy!

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

Daisy said...

Oh, cold and dark?! That sounds very scary. But you had FUN making those pretty light paintings.

ps: Anything below 70 degrees F feels very very very cold to me!

Phoebe said...

I really like your artsy photos, Pablo. Especially the one of you by torchlight. It is very romantic. I wish I could have had the candlelight dinner with you.

Monica said...

Once again your people are demonstrating their appreciation of you by creating Pablo-related artwork. I like the abstract Pablo tribute shown by the P over your head. Kate looks quite good in cat ears, don't you think?

Ali & Fiona said...

Those light shows looked fun, we like the cat ears. We are very happy to hear you are getting better and yes try not to fight too much.

Zoey and the furballs said...

Wow it looks like you guys found a good way to pass the time until the power came back.

Anonymous said...

That were nice pics with the torch!
Now your days are getting longer again and mine getting shorter.
Good that your wound is healing!

Parker said...

Nice to see that all of you made the best out of a bad situation! I am very happy to hear that you are on the mend! Peace!

The Cat Realm said...

Those pictures are very pretty!
Hard to believe that you have such a short day when we of course up here have the long sunshine day with 100+ degrees...

Just Ducky said...

No heat? That is not good but at least your beans were smart and put on warm clothes.

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

That's furry cool ... I don't think that I'd hold still for all of that time-exposure stuff. I like the idea of havin' less light (we have to wait until the winter solstice 'cuz we just had our LONGEST day of the year here in the northern hemisphere) ...

Happy solstice!

Karen Jo said...

Cold and dark doesn't sound good, but you all found a great way to pass the time until the power came back on. I really like the light paintings. Kate looks good in cat ears. I am glad that you are healing.

MaoMao said...

Wowie kazowie, that light painting's way kool! And I'm so glad you're healin' up good. Fights might make a feller feel tuff, but the owies sure aren't fun!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Frodo said...

Great pictues on your blog here. My lady loves cool photography! I am very glad to meet you. I am counting you as a friend and adding you to my list. Thank you for welcoming me to this blog world!
Your friend -
Ciao Ciao. Meow.

The Crew said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend!

You know, 43F doesn't sound so bad considering it gets below zero here in Whisk-onsin. I guess it's all in what you get used to.


lordjaders said...

Fantastic photos! I love it when it is cool, and calm at night. It looks like you had some fun. We watched a bean movie the otherrr day, about a fighterrr named Rrrocky something--oh Balboa, it rrreminded me of you. Glad to know yourrr wounds have healed.

Christine and FAZ said...

Pablo, Firstly, glad to hear you're healing well (even though I like a cat with scars). I have to say Kate was very creative with that torch light. Christine and I were most impressed and we both think 4 degrees is cold everywhere! FAZ