Leaves Flare; Creek Reflects; Cats Snuggle

Magic reflecting creek

Magic reflecting creek

Floating, Shining

Floating, Shining

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.

Leaves, every whichaway

Leaves, ripples, every whichaway

Leaf mats jazzin’ up the creek. The view from farther away:

Looking downstream

Looking downstream

Low water this year

Low water this year

The long view:

Heading downstream

Heading downstream

Sounds made by the water are soothing. Leaves got themselves in a jam.

Inside the leaf jam

Inside the leaf jam

The gang's all here.

The gang’s all here.

Leaves drifting on their way.

Off we go

Off we go

Some leaves sink to the murky depths:

Slow currents

Slow currents

Still water running

Still water running

The view thickens

The view thickens

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.

Treetops

Treetops

Treetops and tangles

Treetops and tangles

We’re leaving it to you, Evergreen … for a time.

Winter greens, always around

Winter greens, always around

Bright accents liven up the landscape

Bright accents liven up the landscape

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.

Dusk coming on

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”:

https://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/tributary-becoming-green-warriors-of-the-red-earth-country/

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.

Leafy dreams

Leafy dreams

Soft floating

Soft floating

Moving along

Moving along

The view upstream:

Upstream

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

Budster, aka

Budster, aka “The Bobcat”

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.

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About Catwoods

I'm a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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68 Responses to Leaves Flare; Creek Reflects; Cats Snuggle

  1. 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!

    Kathryn

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.)

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  2. Amazing how many of these photographs reminded me of Monet Impressionist paintings. Beautiful.

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  3. 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.

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    • Catwoods says:

      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!

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  4. Tanveer Rauf says:

    Every snapshot is worth enjoying but this time ” leafy dreams and Budster, aka “The Bobcat” are the best:) you work is amazing:)

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  5. Fall or autumn my favorite time of year, along with reflection photos makes for a good story

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  6. 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!

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    • Catwoods says:

      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!

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  7. What a wonderful series of images … Really well done! Thank you for liking my View od Downtown Peoria.

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.

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  8. 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.
    hugs,
    o and om

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    • Catwoods says:

      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!

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  9. animallogic says:

    Thank you for liking my posts Training The Whole Animal, and Make Not Break Our Horses; your work is awesome! X

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    • Catwoods says:

      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!

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  10. RMW says:

    I love reflections and the photos are wonderful… but, of course, the “bobcat” is the best!!!!

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  11. Lydia Bess says:

    Beautiful shots, and thanks for the getaway!

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  12. kiwiskan says:

    Truly beautiful shots…

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  13. leemalerich says:

    beautiful representations of our gorgeous part of the world. each one a painting, inspiring!

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  14. nananoyz says:

    I live in Tallahassee, FL. These photos look very much like my neighborhood! Very cool.

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.

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  15. Love “Leafy Dreams.” Gorgeous!

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  16. pearlz says:

    Beautiful reflections and leaves.

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  17. Karen B says:

    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

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    • Catwoods says:

      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,
      Leah

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      • Karen B says:

        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.

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        • Catwoods says:

          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!

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  18. What a delightful visual journey-I really liked the images of the leaves and water too-very tranquil and restful-

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  19. Beautiful reflections! I especially like the ones with floating leaves. Delightful!

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  20. 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

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    • Catwoods says:

      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!

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  21. claire says:

    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!

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    • Catwoods says:

      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!

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  22. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

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  23. DS Levy says:

    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. 🙂

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.

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  24. susanpots says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos! Some remind me of an impressionist painting, but put the paintings to shame. Mother Nature triumphs again.

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.

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  25. arlingwoman says:

    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.

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.

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  26. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely and ethereal photos. Is your handsome Budster a Manx? I’ve had four Manx since the 70s and love them, so affectionate.

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.

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  27. Candace says:

    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!

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    • Catwoods says:

      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.

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  28. John sShirley says:

    Leah, your photos and essays are always inspiring.I envy

    your talent as photographer and mostly as a wordsmith.,

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  29. joss8088 says:

    My favorite is “Leafy dreams.” Your cat is quite handsome too.

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  30. Lovely shots! Thanks fur posting! *((purrs)).*

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