Cat Under Autumn Birch by Jordan Selha

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Carob decided to pose for me while I was taking pictures of our Birch tree. After chasing leaves and rolling around in them, I captured this shot with the heart-shaped leaf on his head (not staged). We took Carob in off the streets in my parents’ small town and tried to make him an indoor kitty. But once Spring came around, he wanted his freedom and was off wandering. We didn’t see him for a long time until one day, he showed up on our porch again and he hasn’t left since. He now has FIV (the feline version of HIV-ironic because I was the director of an AIDS organization), but does pretty well.


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At age 39, Jordan Selha quit his job as Executive Director of an AIDS Service Organization where he had worked for 13 years. He is currently a returning grad student at his alma mater, Iowa State University, from which he holds a BS and an MS degree. Jordan is enrolled in courses through the College of Design and is using this forum to document his progress in creative expression.

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  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 1 year ago

  • Jordan Selha
    Jordan Selhaover 1 year ago

    Thank you for featuring this image. Have a Happy New Year!

  • Sandra Foster
    Sandra Fosterover 1 year ago

    How sweet – a creative capture ♥♥♥!

  • Sally Kate Yeoman
    Sally Kate Yeomanover 1 year ago

    There’s just so much to love about this photo. Absolutely beautiful capture!

  • quiltmaker
    quiltmakerover 1 year ago


  • Thank you all so much!

    – Jordan Selha

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 1 year ago

    Great shot, Jordan . . . sweet!

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenover 1 year ago

    Great capture and timing a lovely looking cat well done. Good story as well glad he has a forever home now :)Pat

  • vic321
    vic321over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous !

  • teresa731
    teresa731over 1 year ago

    So adorable.. I love the yellow heart leaf on her/his head.. we have a cat that looks exactly like this!! Great capture!!

  • Jordan Selha
    Jordan Selhaover 1 year ago

    Thanks again for all of the feedback!

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