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Garden Cat
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Garden Cat
Garden Cat
He melted my heart. It was love at first sight on my part...but not his. Try as I might, he wouldn't let me get close to him no matter how sweetly I coaxed...if only I had a sardine in my pocket... :) This little guy was found at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens happily playing among the many flower beds. Hopefully, he was a neighborhood cat enjoying the Gardens for the day just like us.

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Gord MacEachern
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    Hi Val, very sweet capture of this little guy. At least he posed for you.
Beautiful work as always!!

12/27/2010 5:03:55 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Valarie,LOL!My friend did you try and jingle car your car keys in front of him.Cats love shiny objects,Beautiful capture.Excellent detail and clarity!!!!

12/27/2010 5:11:22 AM

 
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Wonderful composition and colors, Valarie. Picture perfect!

12/27/2010 5:17:19 AM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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He is so sweet looking...I would love to have watched the two of you! He certainly posed nicely for you in the long run...his coat looks amazing and those eyes! Terrific capture, Val!

12/27/2010 5:20:26 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Oh...stuffed cats are so lifelike nowadays!!!! He even looks like he's looking at you. Freaky!!!

Gorgeous capture and wonderful clarity and detail!!!!

12/27/2010 5:30:47 AM

 
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Amazing cat and picture!

12/27/2010 5:56:02 AM

 
Maria A. Gonzalez
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Beautiful portrait of him,Val..Excellent pose and composition,the eyes are so incredible clear and amazing...Like your story,it makes for a nice imaginary picture of you trying to coax this cutie to interact with you..Cute story and and adorable portrait from your encounters with him.
Have a great day.

12/27/2010 5:59:23 AM

 
Melinda F. Schneider
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He's a beauty! I've always loved black cats... ALL black (and I love the chocolate highlights in his coat).

12/27/2010 6:36:49 AM

 
John Benway
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Fantastic shot Valarie, along with a perfect exposure.
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12/27/2010 7:08:54 AM

 
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Beautiful portrait Valarie. ~Pat

12/27/2010 7:21:37 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Love the black ones, Valarie -- this one's just beautiful! I'd have spent almost all my time here trying to get him to let me pet him!

12/27/2010 7:37:52 AM

 
Jillian Danielson
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Oh how cute he is!!!!

12/27/2010 7:48:51 AM

 
Marcie A. Fowler
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Beautiful. I have a black cat . . . used to have two but the 18-year-old passed away recently . . . and they are not easy to photograph . . .at least not for me. You did a wonderful job.

12/27/2010 8:01:40 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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The eyes have it. Beautiful capture Valarie.

You are right about the river Valarie, it would have been nice. I am always strapped for time or I probably would still be up there LOL

12/27/2010 8:20:38 AM

 
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love this shot

12/27/2010 9:08:06 AM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Wonderful capture of this enchanting cat, Val!! Super excellent exposure, too!! Soooooo fantastic!! Glad to hear your Mom's good news! Yeah!!!

12/27/2010 9:08:47 AM

 
Ann Coates
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I'd be the same, trying to coax him for a pat. He looks too well looked after to be a stray. I figure you're right, he's just a frequent visitor. A stunning capture of this beautiful black cat with the most amazing eyes.

12/27/2010 11:08:51 AM

 
Freddy Bland
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Hi Val!! The fact that he sat and posed for you says that his judge of character is "right-on"!! Wonderful image that you've captured of this little black visitor, Val! I hope that in one of his next nine lives he realizes that you have made him famous!! lol :-)

12/27/2010 12:08:42 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Just a beautiful image, Val! What a real cutie he is! Great comp, detail, and color! I can see how he melted your heart. What a wonderful frame!

12/27/2010 12:29:02 PM

 
Karen Slagle
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Oh Val, what a gorgeous cat. I love cats and I hope this stray will be OK. I have a black stray that looks alot like this one that we feed. He's a tom and I fear the coyotes or horned owls will get him some night while he's prowling.

12/27/2010 2:49:03 PM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Great job of holding so much detail in the rich black tones of the cat's fur. Love the eyes, too.

12/27/2010 3:01:22 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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A great capture!! I feed three wild cats around my home. Last night one was looking in the patio window like,
" Ok , time to eat, where's my food?" They all run from me too...Yours is so sweet looking!! :)

12/27/2010 3:43:20 PM

 
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BEAUTIFUL kitty cat, Val! At least you were able to capture it wonderfully well in your camera! :-) k

12/27/2010 5:03:03 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Beautiful capture, Valerie. So sweet.

12/27/2010 6:06:30 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Exceptional clarity, tones, detail, pose, & captivating eyes here, Valarie! To near perfection , my friend! Lovely-looking animal! WTG!

12/27/2010 6:21:32 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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He's a beauty, isn't he, Val! And very nicely caputured as well!

12/27/2010 9:21:15 PM

 
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Wow what a shot Valarie, Fantastic colors, comp, lighting and details, superb shot!

12/27/2010 10:56:16 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Wowzie, Val, he is a cutie and a great model! You captured him beautifully with great clarity, POV, light and treatment!
Happy New Years to you and yours!

12/27/2010 11:32:18 PM

 
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Wow, super portrait of this cat. :O)

12/28/2010 9:17:01 AM

 
Marty Straub
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Well, you certainly managed a beautiful capture of him with your camera, Valarie. What an excellent pose. You bring out all of the cool textures that you probably wanted to sink your face into, like the redish tint to his cuddly fur. The background, which might be too busy for many other creatures, is perfect for this guy.

12/28/2010 10:46:41 AM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Marvlous capture of this beautiful cat, Val! Love his eyes, so intense. You did a fabulous job capturing him - it is not easy to hold so much detail in the coat - I know from my sable burms - particularly with such a colorful background, which is wonderfully complementary BTW. He looks too well-fed to be a stray, and he certainly posed nicely for you. Love it!

12/28/2010 10:00:16 PM

 
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What a beauty Val! Great job..beautiful cat..

jo ann c.

12/29/2010 4:55:33 PM

 
Nadia Paul
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Amazing detail in the black fur Val - I can see why your heart melted - he's gorgeous!

12/29/2010 10:19:34 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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Oh my, what a beauty, gorgeous capture and treatment, simply amazing, Val!!

1/1/2011 7:28:59 AM

 
Julianne Bradford
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So-o cute!!

1/4/2011 1:42:03 PM

 
Dianna Murphy
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What a beauty. Hopefully you're right and he has a home nearby. I found a Corgi in the road right before Christmas. Poor thing was sooooooo dirty and crusty that it took two weeks to get the smell out of my car and a whole bottle of shampoo to get him clean. We had to keep him over night until I could take him to a shelter.

1/10/2011 9:46:54 AM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Wow Val~ Gorgeous Garden Kittie...
Love your story- and his beautiful shining black fur... love that you could show the details of the brown throughout him- awesome hightlights!
Happy New Year to you and yours~
Smiling Christine

1/11/2011 5:17:47 AM

 
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Congratulations on your finalist Val...a really sweet capture and now he's famous!

1/18/2011 8:03:08 PM

 
Patricia A. Coblentz
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Congratulations to you and the kitty that sat still for a moment..wonderful finalist, Val!!

1/18/2011 8:04:51 PM

 
Ann Coates
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You do black cats so well Valarie. Congratulations on your stunning finalist award.

1/18/2011 8:20:18 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your great finalist! :)

1/18/2011 8:29:22 PM

 
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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!

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1/18/2011 9:17:29 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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A big congrats on your beautiful finalist and best of luck in the next round, Val!!

1/18/2011 9:29:39 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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I can only imagine how proud you must be feeling right now. What wonderful news! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna

1/18/2011 11:10:59 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your finalist, Valarie.

1/19/2011 12:13:36 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations Valarie, on your Finalist. :O)

1/19/2011 2:19:32 AM

 
Sarah A. Christian
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Way to go, Val!!! Congratulations!!!

1/19/2011 3:08:45 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A big Congratulations,Valarie.WTG my friend!!!!

1/19/2011 3:57:51 AM

 
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o)

1/19/2011 4:20:59 AM

 
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WTG Valarie...Congrats on this well deserved finalist !

1/19/2011 5:01:47 AM

 
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Beautiful work, Valarie, congratulations on your finalist!

1/19/2011 5:46:24 AM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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Congrats to you Val- a lovely Finalist!
Smiling Chris

1/19/2011 5:49:53 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Heyyyyyyyyyyy, Valarie! CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible finalist! WTG!
Hope you are feeling ok!

1/19/2011 7:25:11 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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CONGRATS ON THIS BEAUTY!!

1/19/2011 7:49:02 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist and good luck next!

1/19/2011 7:50:30 AM

 
Richard B. Hallick
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round.

1/19/2011 8:12:18 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congrats on your fabulous finalist, Valarie.

1/19/2011 11:10:26 AM

 
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A beautiful portrait and story, Valarie! Congratulations on this finalist!

1/19/2011 12:36:20 PM

 
Terry Cervi
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Hope this is making your arm feel a little bit better, Val! Congrats to you on a wonderful finalist my friend!

1/19/2011 1:14:38 PM

 
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Huge Congrats and best luck on this absolutey gorgeous finalist, Val!!

1/19/2011 2:00:48 PM

 
Ron McEwan
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Big congratulations Valarie WTG

1/19/2011 2:45:19 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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This should brighten your day and make your arm feel somewhat better, Val! How great to see this wonderful Botanical Garden cat again! CONGRATULATIONS on your superb FINALIST and Good luck in the next round!

1/19/2011 2:51:17 PM

 
Freddy Bland
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Goshhh...Val...it took me 10 mins to get to the bottom of this list!!! Many congratulations to you on this spectacular Finalist!!!!!

1/19/2011 3:44:36 PM

 
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Congrats on this wonderful finalist Valarie!

1/19/2011 5:49:29 PM

 
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Love those eyes, Val!! Huge congratulations on your beautiful finalist!! Deb

1/19/2011 6:09:56 PM

 
Val Feldman
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You guys melt my heart, along with this kitty, too...Thanks so much for your kind congrats. Going to have a 10-12 week recovery period, so the ortho doc said today but I'm hoping to be "back in the saddle" before that...Fingers crossed! :) Thanks again...and take care! ~Val

1/19/2011 6:53:38 PM

 
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Valarie,a beautiful portrait!
Congrations!

1/19/2011 7:17:33 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Congrats on this FInalist!

1/19/2011 7:25:47 PM

 
Nadia Paul
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist Val!

1/19/2011 8:25:49 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Big congratulations on your well deserved finalists Val!!
Good luck next round!!

1/20/2011 2:56:17 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Beautifully done, Valerie... those eyes are so intense! Congratulations!

1/20/2011 3:57:52 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Terrific Finalist, Val! Great work!!

1/20/2011 4:41:43 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Adorable capture. Congrats on your terriic finalist, Valarie.

1/20/2011 5:14:33 PM

 
Karen Slagle
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Congrats on this black beauty and his finalist selection, no surprise as the composition and details are incredible...I would love to see it win, Valarie.

1/20/2011 6:02:36 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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WTG Valarie! Beautiful image and so deserving of the finalist badge!

1/21/2011 8:44:30 AM

 
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Such a cute kitty! Congratulations on your finalists, Val.

1/22/2011 1:59:01 PM

 
Julie Burnett
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Congrats Miss V on this gorgeous finalist, love that fur!! I hope to see it continue on, good luck, and rest up!!

1/23/2011 6:06:05 AM

 
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Howdy Val....it's been ages, I know....but when I saw the subject in today's bp snapshot section I just had to look....my heart belongs to kitties....all of them...not to say I don't love other critters too, but I'm a cat person. So glad to see the "oldies but goodies" here....all the best to you...hope to get back to bp one of these days....hugs =^.^=

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