Great Uncle Leo by Karen Scrimes

First Place in the Oddly Fantastic Challenge in the Woman Photographer Group – Thank You Hosts and Members!
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Searching through the attic the other day, I found this old photograph of my Great Uncle Leo. Even though he had a certain gruff exterior, he was a real pussycat. He used to chase all the grandkids around the backyard, and when he caught them, he would playfully rub his muttonchops whiskers against their cheeks. He would then roar with laughter at their squeals and giggles.
He absolutely loved eating fish, and was an absolute connoisseur when it came to tuna, herring and sardines. Not much fun for us kids, as he served us these fishy delicacies without so much as a potato or other vegetable as accompaniment. The most memorable thing was that we would always be served a huge glass of milk for supper. I always remember him looking as though he was the ‘cat that got the cream’ as he sat curled up on the sofa as he bid us goodnight, glass of milk on the sideboard, and the “Cat Fanciers Journal” next to his spectacles.

If you would like to meet another member of my family, please visit my Dear Aunt Wilhelmlemur

The inspiration for this image was a picture I had taken of a lion at Taronga Park Zoo and uploaded to RB over a year ago with the title Beautiful Boy
The vintage background was sourced as free stock from a Google search of vintage images. PSCS3


  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...about 6 years ago

    Beautifully stunning image if this old gentry!! Bless what a wonderful story too! – David :>))

  • Hi David! Thanks so much for your comment :)

    – Karen Scrimes

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...about 6 years ago

    sorry should have read “of this old gentry”

  • Deon de Waal
    Deon de Waalabout 6 years ago

    I like this one…well done. Great shot and great story!

  • Thanks so much Deon :))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • talidepablos
    talidepablosabout 6 years ago

    wonderful work! He looks puzzled :)

  • Thank you so much talidepablos : )

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    lovely job, well done

  • Thank you Antanas :))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldabout 6 years ago

    He he he…. I can see the family resemblance Karen….. the beautiful eyes of course!!

  • Too kind Barb, he he :)

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Melissa  Hintz
    Melissa Hintzabout 6 years ago

    What a great photo…and story too!! Great photoshop work! :)

  • Thanks so much Melissa :))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • Anji Johnston
    Anji Johnstonalmost 6 years ago

    Totally awesome!

  • Thanks so much Anji :))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • pepper08
    pepper08almost 6 years ago

    awesome image

  • Thank you pepper08 :))

    – Karen Scrimes

  • mowphoto
    mowphotoalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful piece, should enter in PRIDE mood and ambience group its fantastic work!

  • Hi Molly, thank you, and I’ve joined the group too :))

    – Karen Scrimes

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