A one-chance shot in an alley of Chora, Patmos. The lady stopped in her tracks abruptly as she noticed the cat lying on a step. My sister and some of my friends have this habit and I often find myself walking alone down the street and speaking to myself as they have lingered at some fence to greet a cat:)
October 4th is World Animal Day but I just remembered it today.
World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned in locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October the 4th with a Blessing of the Animals.
World Animal Day, however, has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent animal chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.
Thank you for visiting, a lovely weekend to all
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Silvio1953 (106008) 2013-10-05 1:27
Ciao Ourania, delizioso bianco e nero, graziosa scena, brava, buon week end, ciao Silvio
yquem46 (35678) 2013-10-05 1:28
I like the conversion to b&w which gives harmony between the white cat fur and the the blond hair of the young woman
Much tenderness in this one and I like the arm as a circle which brings us back from the cat to the head again and again
bravo, have a nice WE
rbassin (13473) 2013-10-05 1:34
une belle vue plongeante sur le chat, avec une mouvement intéressant de la dame aux cheveux gris.
Un scène touchante de cette brève rencontre en N&B
jhm (128297) 2013-10-05 1:38
Why these nice picture in black and white, I think that in colour also very nice would are with the cat and lady.
My family are all cat friends, but I can not even keep cats, through the dove by fancier nearby.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (32748) 2013-10-05 1:39
Hi dear Ourania
Very lovely image full of affection.
NIce moment and angle you did get.
Soft and calm B&W color is also nice selcetion.
All the best and have a good Saturday! Takero
ikeharel (44349) 2013-10-05 2:12
The cat closed his eyes while he was petted, and probably was groaning in pleasure - as cats do.
Beautiful white cat spotted on the street, and approached by a lady who probably just return from the beach... this assumption made as saw the sun-marks of her bathing suit around her neck(guessing...).
Enjoy a nice weekend,
snunney (73038) 2013-10-05 2:21
A charming well framed composition. Good choice of black and white to emphasise the pale tones of cat and cat lover.
krzychu30 (12875) 2013-10-05 2:43
magnificent shot to commemorate the World Animal Day!
I like your high POV,well considered close-up and conversion into B&W,which in my opinion brings out much better the essence of the scene.
Your image transmits well this special,lovely feeling of the scene.
PS.I´ve just came back from Greece(was really magnificent).But I´ve also seen many stray dogs and cats looking for food and some attention from people.Sad and moving to see so many of them.It´s I think a different side of economy crisis we do not think in the first line.
Wish You a nice weekend
siudzi (27869) 2013-10-05 4:48
So cute one! Really nice scene observed and taken with a perfect sense of the moment. The b&w look fits very well and makes it more attractive. Well done!
Have a lovely weekend!
ChrisJ (91404) 2013-10-05 5:30
Good tonal range and downward pov in this superb b&w shot of the woman affectionately petting the cat. I like the graphism and tight framing. No oe in the highlights and excellent use of a shallow dof with good sharpness. The woman's multifaceted watch is interesting. Tfs!
Sergiom (45888) 2013-10-05 5:31
J'aime bien l'expression du chat qui donne sa confiance à la dame dans cette brève rencontre entre les deux.Mon chat est beaucoup plus sauvage que cela. J'aime bien l'utilisation du noir et blanc pour nous montrer ce moment.
Kugart (1776) 2013-10-05 7:01
Hi Ourania ,
Nice post today to commemorate world animal day. I will be commemorating it by paying a very large veterinary bill I received through the mail this morning. So used to your beautiful colours of Greece in your photos this B&W is something different but works very well. The pure white fur of the kitten contrasts sharply against the textured grey concrete step.
holmertz (31580) 2013-10-05 8:03
As a dedicated cat lover I really appreciate this picture. Not just for the cuteness of the cat and the gentle way it is caressed, but for the composition. The woman's head and arm and the cat form a kind of oval of closeness and love. I read your description of the original colours and I think the conversion to B&W was a good choice. There are very fine shades of grey, ranging from very dark to very light, everything still being perfectly exposed.
Nicou (106275) 2013-10-05 8:05
Charmante image de ce chat tout blanc quei se fait caresser par la dame blond il vont très bien ensembel et comme elle le cajole quelle scène et vue sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (13688) 2013-10-05 8:20
A very soft and tender moment that you captured here, the sense of gentleness in apparent in the touch of the womans hand on the cats head, as he looks so relaxed and pleased with himself. A one shot only opportunity, and you nailed it! Really nicely done.
All the best
pajaran (41981) 2013-10-05 10:00
Interesantan i dobar tekst o Svetskom danu zivotinja, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Interesting and good article about World Animal Day, with the given data ...
A good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated moment.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend.
Schnappilic (9144) 2013-10-05 11:42
Sweet daily life moment with this delicious cat. TFS!
lousat (64585) 2013-10-05 14:56
Ciao Ourania,i gatti...in Grecia ce ne sono davvero molti,si vede che c'e' molto pesce a disposizione..ehhee.bella idea dedicare una foto a questi simpatici amici,composizione molto originale,manca solo l'audio con le fusa..ehehe...buona Domenica e complimenti,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (21368) 2013-10-05 18:32
a nice and intimate scene. Like the mood of it. You spotted it nicely from an nice high angle. Excellent presentation in monochrome. Well done. Tfs.
mesutilgim (73189) 2013-10-06 3:21
Hello dear Ourania,
Very nice b&w capture with perfect pov and timing. A good dedication for this very special day for our four legged friends.
TFS and best regards,
abmdsudi (32759) 2013-10-06 6:50
Beautiful capture - lovely crisp shot with lovely details. Just has the all out cute factor for me and way toooo adorable!!!
A well treated shot in black and white, Congrats.
mcmtanyel (5556) 2013-10-06 12:12
Oh, that kitty is enjoying a good rub on the head. From the expression on his/her/its face, I bet you could hear the purring from where you stood.
gojo (1563) 2013-10-07 11:32
Simply lovely, the affection is so obvious. Very fine gray tones as well.
Cricri (92565) 2013-10-07 23:13
Une image pleine de tendresse et d'amour entre la personne et le chat blanc, qui semble apprécier les caresses
nikkitta (9205) 2013-10-08 16:18
So world Animal Day and you posted such a charming capture where we see the cat, happily enjoying the contact of the loving woman
Soft color in B/W obtaining a contrast between cat and woman's hair
Charming capture of a original subject
Congrats and thanks
Didi (51433) 2013-10-12 9:55
Intéressante scène Parfaitement cadrée le chat n'a pas d'expression figée, mais je souhaiterai une touche de contraste en plus
adores (31005) 2013-10-15 16:39
A very nice shot! I like the moment you captured here and the cat seems to be enjoying it a lot:)! It's very well framed and I have the feeling b&w was a perfect choice here!
elenimavrandoni (10131) 2013-10-22 21:09
Ουρανία, μα τι όμορφη και αυθεντική σύνθεση!!σκηνές πού βλέπουμε στήν καθημερινότητα και πολλές φορές τίς χάνουμε γιατί δεν έχουμε τήν μηχανή μας κοντά...η στιγμή δεν χάθηκε αυτήν τήν φορά, το μαυρόασπρο τήε δίνει χάρη και προσθέτει στήν ομορφιά τή απλότητας της..καλήσου μέρα σ' ευχαιστω πολύ για τα καλά σου λόγια!!
COSTANTINO (44317) 2013-10-30 12:30
no mores comments
simple scenery in sepia
lovely image full of