In the southeast US deciduous leaves say “So long” to chlorophyll as late as mid-November. Trees slowly add some reds, oranges, and golds to the remaining greens; the water grabs any hue that heads its way, and voila! Radiant bands of color ripple down the creek.
Leaf mats jazzin’ up the creek. The view from farther away:
The long view:
Sounds made by the water are soothing. Leaves got themselves in a jam.
Leaves drifting on their way.
Some leaves sink to the murky depths:
We have to step around twigs and stickers, commonly found in wild woods like these. We slap branches away at face level, too. These woods are dense and the going’s a bit rough, but I can still walk here. Some of the terrain alongside the creek is even more rugged.
We’re leaving it to you, Evergreen … for a time.
We hear owls hooting, first one, then another from a different direction, then a third hoot from off another way. A deer snorts as we move closer, rustles the foliage, snorts again. Dusk is on the way.
These wild waters and the forest are right out my door, in my yard, and I know them well. I have been fortunate to live here. Why would anyone want to tear down woods like these? We hear of it way too often. Here’s a link to my environmental essay, “Tributary”:
Up close and personal on a small creek: a chance to play with the visuals by zooming in close on the water. These photos aren’t truly in focus, but the rippling creates some color blends I find pleasing. Nature has ways of mixing and placing color that always has painters in hot pursuit. Cameras don’t capture the natural color data exactly as the human eye sees it, but sometimes retain a high degree of that balance, IMO.
The view upstream:
Coming in from the woods, we always face this question: “Where y’all been? I’ve been holding down the fort!”
The Bobcat in Autumn
Now we’ve had a night-long rain, and the creek is roarin’. The floating leaves washed away; trees just kept shedding. Nature, always in motion.
Your comment about how we see and how cameras see is spot-on; I almost always adjust digitally after shooting, not only because I’m a lousy technician but because (even, occasionally, when I’m doctoring a shot to a fair extreme) I’m trying hard to show others how I *saw* the scene rather than merely how it looked. It has long intrigued me that from early times many people have seen cameras as truth-telling, or at least, merely documentary, tools, when from the very beginning we have not only had the ability to manipulate the images (hello, tintype “ghost story” pictures) but have known that we are choosing what to show and what not to show. It’s so beautifully exemplified in your leafy photos here that composition is a key element to sharing our experience with viewers who weren’t present—but also in a very artful way. Lovely!
Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! You’ve made great points about photography. There’s always been photo enhancement, it just used to be done in the darkroom with almost every print. I haven’t ventured into enhancing actual images in photos partly because of time and knowledge constraints, but I am fascinated by what can now be done digitally. (I did ‘paint’ some bright colors on a few pics on other posts, but never tweaked the images themselves.)
Amazing how many of these photographs reminded me of Monet Impressionist paintings. Beautiful.
Thank you! That’s a flattering comparison and I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the photos!
Is Budster black or brown? He looks brown in the light I have tonight and there is a Siamese that’s dark brown like that. I have a seal-tipped beige Siamese. The slightly out-of-focus photos were my favorite.
Thank you for visiting! Budster is a dark sable brown, very much like the points on a seal-tipped Siamese. That’s very unusual in a street cat, so we think he may have some Siamese ancestry somewhere. Glad you enjoyed the photos!
Every snapshot is worth enjoying but this time ” leafy dreams and Budster, aka “The Bobcat” are the best:) you work is amazing:)
Thank you, I’m glad you are enjoying the pictures! Budster will be pleased you like his photo, he thinks I should get back to the subject of cats, with only his pictures!
🙂 he’s so adorable
Fall or autumn my favorite time of year, along with reflection photos makes for a good story
Thank you, glad you enjoyed the photos. I like fall a lot but probably like spring and summer the best.
Stunning photos! Outstanding colors and reflections! My favorite time of year is fall. If fall had looked like that where I lived in the south, I wouldn’t have been nearly as homesick!
Thanks, joeyfullystated, I’m happy you enjoyed my fall photos! The forest did fairly well for us last year, but I think 2013 may have had deeper colors. Our autumn color intensities vary, depending on rainfall, when cooler temps first come. Peak colors didn’t last long, I was lucky to catch them!
We had an unusually colorful fall as well, this last year, more so the yellows were VIVID!
What a wonderful series of images … Really well done! Thank you for liking my View od Downtown Peoria.
Thank you so much for you kind words, elmdriveimages! My pleasure on liking your photo, your pictures are nicely done and I always enjoy seeing places I have never been to.
hello budster and catwoods,
thanks for the lovely posts and for your many visits. we felt like we were right there in the woods with you. which is great because right now its so cold here and we have a foot of snow on the ground, and no one wants to venture outside.
o and om
Thank you for visiting, eyes Of Odysseus! I’m so glad you enjoy coming along for the woods walk. I really feel for everyone getting hit with so much snow and cold right now! Everyone stay safe and warm! I’m hoping for spring to hurry and get here!
thanks for your well wishes. we are so looking forward to spring this year too. we’ll hold down the fort and do hot chocolates til then.
o and om.
Thank you for liking my posts Training The Whole Animal, and Make Not Break Our Horses; your work is awesome! X
My pleasure, animallogic, I am enjoying your posts with their insights about animals. Thank you for visiting, and I’m happy you enjoyed this post!
I love reflections and the photos are wonderful… but, of course, the “bobcat” is the best!!!!
Thank you RMW, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! Oh, and the bobcat completely agrees with you!
Beautiful shots, and thanks for the getaway!
Thank you Lydia Bess! I’m happy you enjoyed the photos!
Truly beautiful shots…
Kiwiskan, thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures.
beautiful representations of our gorgeous part of the world. each one a painting, inspiring!
Thank you so much, leemalerich! I may actually brave the chill today and check out the creek at high water after last night’s storms.
I live in Tallahassee, FL. These photos look very much like my neighborhood! Very cool.
Thank you for visiting, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, nananoyz! I’ve never been to the area near Tallahassee; it’s interesting to know the landscape and vegetation is similar.
Love “Leafy Dreams.” Gorgeous!
Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed the pictures!
Beautiful reflections and leaves.
Thank you very much, pearlz! And thank you for visiting! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures.
This post has such a perfect and leisurely pace, giving me time to walk with you, taking in the beauty and sounds of the woods. I too walk in woods close to my home most days and hear the sounds you describe. But you helped me to see colours in the water around the leaves that I have never picked up on before. Gentle, pastel shades amongst the ever moving fallen and floating leaves.
I wonder if you would like the work of Andy Goldsworthy….one day you might google him and take a look at his work. Andy Goldsworthy, OBE is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.
Lovely to see dear Budster on your return. He is ADORABLE! Please dont be sad for me when I tell you this, but when my dear cat Ossie recently died, I felt his breath in my hand as he passed. I feel he breathed his soul into my hand. So now, when I am sad, I can hold it there, in my hands and he can be with me all the time. I often carry him with me on the walk in the woods. There is true beauty there and you captured all of that in your perfect, evocative photos.
Thank you, Karen
Karen, thank you so much for your kind and insightful words! I’m happy to learn that you also walk in the woods and that you find it a meaningful experience, as I do. I did look up Andy Goldsworthy after seeing your comment (I’m late getting back to everything today, lots of interruptions around the household). Absolutely wonderful art! Thank you so much for telling me about his work! It’s so innovative and imaginative. Budster appreciates your opinion of him 🙂 I am so sorry about your Ossie; I have lost two kitties this year, Anna and Little Buddy, at advanced ages. As you so beautifully stated, I feel they come along with us forever after leaving this world.
A very Happy New Year to you,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet cats, Anna and Little Buddy. Because we are so close to our kitties and they are part of the family circle, any departure causes repercussions which affect each member in different ways. Did you find that?
Ossie’s brother Josef has really missed him. He became very withdrawn, more vocal and then developed a heat murmur. He seems to have adapted now and can take comfort from me and the cuddles we have.But for Josef, the loss of his close companion has been hard.
I hope that your family is slowly adapting too. after two such a painful blows.
Like you, seeing my cats on my return home, is the most comforting and pleasurable experience I could wish for. And I really think that because of the close bond we have with them, that they feel the same way.
With every good wish for A Happy New Year to you too.
Karen thank you the kind message. My remaining cat, the big boy Bud, is very independent and territorial, and didn’t seem to be friends with any other cat. Anna was his mother but she had lived with my mother, and when reunited with Bud they weren’t close. I couldn’t tell that he missed Anna, but he did seem lost when Little Buddy passed. For awhile he would walk around and call out, missing him. This surprised us because the two boys hadn’t seemed to be pals, but apparently they were, in some way. So I wonder if Bud would benefit from having another cat friend.
I hope you and Josef continue to do better, I know it is so hard, and when the year turns over we all seem to think of those we’ve lost in the past year.
I so agree with you, I love coming home to a cat or cats. I feel bad now when we both have to leave because Bud is by himself! I know he’s always happy, just as we are, when we come back!
What a delightful visual journey-I really liked the images of the leaves and water too-very tranquil and restful-
Thanks for your kind words, littledogsslaughed! I’m always happy if others can also see some of the beauties of creeks, here, and everywhere.
Beautiful reflections! I especially like the ones with floating leaves. Delightful!
Thank you so much JoAnne! I’m happy you enjoyed the photos!
Nature is always in motion, but here it is the beginning of the dry season and nature take a siesta. A belated thank you for your visits to my blog. I’ve been amiss lately in visiting many of my favorite blogs – in a writers retreat – now looking forward to a leisurely holiday season of exploring poetry. feliz navidad y feliz año nuevo
My pleasure visiting your blog, John! No worries, I have myself neglected to go around and thank other bloggers as I should, due to health limitations. We were dry for an extended time this summer here too. Best wishes in your endeavors and your celebrations this holiday season!
Wonderful feasts of colour. I know a little how you feel as every day I cycle between the lakes taking my grandson between the lakes and back. Its great to be so familiar with an area that you appreciate the subtleties of natures changes. Love the photos!
Glad you enjoyed the photos, claire! Good to know you are able to get out and be near lakes every day! We are within walking distance of this creek, but health limitations mean we can’t get there every day. When we do go, there’s always something new, and the experience always lifts and refreshes the spirits!
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!
Thank you, Lori! Hoping you had a Happy Thanksgiving also!
I must have somehow missed this post, Leah — so sorry! Especially since you’ve shared some beautiful photographs here … the leaves in the water almost reminds me of an Impressionistic painting! Such a lovely locale — so peaceful and serene. 🙂
Thank you, cdog5! I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! This creek does indeed have a refreshing and calming effect every time we walk there. Now, a week or so later, leaves, colors, water levels, they have all changed.
Absolutely beautiful photos! Some remind me of an impressionist painting, but put the paintings to shame. Mother Nature triumphs again.
Thank you Susan, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I do feel I’m only transcribing instants of nature. Every second, light changes, and nature shows us another view entirely.
Thanks for visiting my blog and dropping a star on me! Your pictures remind me of the creek where I grew up. Glad you’re having that extended fall yet. Ours is blowing out this morning ahead of some wintry mix.
Enjoyed viewing your blog, arlingwoman! Glad my pictures could stir that memory of a creek! I had creeks growing up, too, but in another area. We are slowly losing more leaves, moving towards the winter scenes. Our temps went way down but now they are back up … for a time.
Lovely and ethereal photos. Is your handsome Budster a Manx? I’ve had four Manx since the 70s and love them, so affectionate.
Thank you, Eliza, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos! Budster isn’t a Manx, his tail is really hard to see in the photo but it’s the dark area held tightly around his hind end and then curving upwards. I’ve had many cats and have never had a Manx, but I’ve encountered people online who had them and just adore them, so I feel they are special kitties! Budster came from the streets and is strangely and wonderfully, very large.
All my kitties have been shelter rescues. They are the best!
Good for you, adopting the wonderful shelter kitties! All of ours have just walked up and claimed us, but whenever we next adopt, we’ll seek out a rescued kitty, if one doesn’t just …. appear … first.
You have captured your autumn beautifully. I do miss real autumn in AZ…other than that, I’m glad to be here, snow-less. Hope your kitties keep you warm!
Candace, thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! Arizona looks so beautiful in your pictures! I don’t care for cold and snow either, and we’ve had some remarkably cold weather for this area. Kitties do warm us in every way! Although two have left us this year for the Rainbow Bridge, leaving us with one guy in the house, and a feral in town we hope might become a house cat eventually.
Leah, your photos and essays are always inspiring.I envy
your talent as photographer and mostly as a wordsmith.,
Glad you enjoyed the post, John, and thank you for your kind words.
My favorite is “Leafy dreams.” Your cat is quite handsome too.
The Budster and I say, thank you so much, joss8o88!
Lovely shots! Thanks fur posting! *((purrs)).*
Budster and I thank you, Shrimp!