I created this photomontage this morning. It's made up of various photos taken on the Oregon coast (the bird, the sky -- which is part of a scratched aluminum fish container) and in Santa Fe (the tiles, the windows, various textures). I photographed the cat in Las Trampas, New Mexico, as it scurried past the mission walls.
The last thing I added was the cat, but now I'm wondering if it makes the picture too cutesy. I like the way the cat echoes the color of the bird and thus encourages your eye to move diagonally up and across the frame. The raven's fine, but I'm not sure about the cat.
Here are both versions. To cat or not to cat, that is the question! What do you think? And why? ©Carol Leigh