Wintry Creek at High Water; One Smug Cat

Strong currents

Raging currents

An all night rain amounting to about four inches put every area waterway into flood stage. I decided to come out of hibernation long enough to get some pictures, even though I don’t much like winter. On January 4th, 2015, here’s what our creek looked like.

No end in sight

No end in sight

The temps were mild, but a little on the cool side for me. The sky was overcast. The water was boiling mad, rough and moving fast. Much faster than it looks in the pictures. We used zoom to get these photos. Don’t get close to any flood waters! You could get hurt falling into water like this.

Ruffled water

Ruffled water

We know the terrain alongside of this creek well, and we’re experienced woods walkers, soΒ we felt we could photograph safely.

Those are choppy, strong currents. We’re actually looking downstream in all the photos above.

Looking upstream in the next two photos:


HIgh water close up

High water close up

Currents at play

Currents at play

No worries about our house flooding, we’re on higher ground.

Another view

Another view

San build-up in motion

Sand build-up in motion

Another angle

Another angle

I usually think winter is so blah and drab, but I became fond of the color range in these photos.

Becoming captivated by a flood

Becoming captivated by a flood

Sand bank

The creek had crested earlier, probably during the night some time. We could see it had been out of its banks even further, from the slicked over vegetation, soggy sand, and deposited driftwood. In fact, we had placed two chairs along the banks and the water had washed one of them completely away, before receding to to the level we see now.


Fungus likes the damp

Fungus likes the damp

Leftover autumn color.

Lone leaves over ruffled sand

Lone leaves over ruffled sand

Run-off drains through the forest, opening up rivulets.

Sunken pine needles.

Pine flooring with freshly downed twigs from the night’s wind.

We came back slightly chilled; Bud the Cat made it plain he stayed cozy and toasty warm. The following day the sun was shining through the window, kissing his whiskers.

Bud the Smug Cat

Bud the Smug Cat, sunning himself

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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55 Responses to Wintry Creek at High Water; One Smug Cat

  1. From your ‘accent’ and your water levels, I’m guessing you live somewhere in the same region I do. Denton (TX) has been blessed with enough rain in the last two months to go straight from a several-years drought to flooding, but we’ve been hit far less hard than much of the region, and our own house in particular sits in a pretty sheltered, safe, and well-drained spot. So far! πŸ˜‰ Sounds like you have similar good siting. I hope you and yours remain well protected and comfortable.

    • Catwoods says:

      I live in Alabama. I didn’t grow up here, but have lived here for decades. Aha, you picked up on the ‘accent’ πŸ™‚ Language is a fascination of mine, and I do try to slip in a few regional ways of speaking. We’ve had trouble with every kind of bad weather, including being in an F4, and my heart always goes out to anyone who has to go through all that. I’m glad you haven’t experienced too much flooding, and that you are in a safe location!

  2. My, what green eyes you have!!
    The better to smug you with, my dear!!

    Carry on you two. πŸ™‚

  3. moodyrobin93 says:

    Lovely photos, lovely pets πŸ™‚

  4. leemalerich says:

    Lovely to have water on your land. Looks so much like here, except for the water part!

    • Catwoods says:

      So to enjoy in the natural world everywhere! I love the surrounding terrain too, but I have to admit that days when I can walk to the creek are my favorites!

  5. elmdriveimages says:

    Thanks for your, like, on our A Bit of Color inbthe Forest.

  6. Touch2Touch says:

    Fascinating, if scary! That rushing water is REALLY RUSHING>

    • Catwoods says:

      It is scary! So I try to discourage people from actually going close to a flood like that, those currents are very strong. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  7. Tanveer Rauf says:

    great photos but i loved the fungus most of all

  8. The water is flowing fast enough to go white water rafting. Great photo set

    • Catwoods says:

      Glad you enjoyed the photos! I think you are right, the depth and flow would support rafting; but we do have to recommend against any kind of boating, rafting and kayaking at flood stage on this watershed system. Someone did kayak a flooded creek a few years ago and had to be rescued!

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  10. Don’t you love it when you’re outside on a cold day doing chores or whatnot and you look up and there’s your cat sunning him/herself in your window as if to say, silly human! Whatcha doin’ outside on a day like this?! πŸ˜‰

  11. Robin says:

    Wow, that is some wild water! And great photos. I now see why my husband would not agree to buy a house we loved that had a creek in the back yard. Flooding πŸ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Robin, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! Since all the creek posts are from the same area of the creek, you see by comparison that this water level was extremely high. This is fortunately, far enough from the house to not be a problem for us. We’ve seen even bigger floods on the creek, like after Tropical Storm Lee came through in 2012.

      • Robin says:

        It is nice to be on high ground. Another blogger I follow had her home flooded last year and it caused a lot of damage. She was forced to move out.

        • Catwoods says:

          So sorry to hear that, Robin. My sympathy goes out to her. Nature is grand, but can be harsh, too. A very difficult condition to sort out in the mind.

  12. Thanks for sharing this post and for being so “present” while blogging. The photos of the creek are beautiful. PS We have five furry feline friends. You inspire.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Sharony Green, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos! I’m looking forward to exploring your blog. So wonderful to have a group of five cats! We had a fascinating group of five at one time in the past, but now have only one. Hoping to adopt more in the future.

  13. cdog5 says:

    Ah, Leah — great to have you back! Sorry I’m just checking this now; I’ve been working on a writing project and haven’t been as good about checking blogs. Love to look at these photos — that creek is something else! Swift-running water is like a dance, but as you say, a dangerous one. I like looking at it, though, from the safety of my home via your excellent photographs — so thank you! πŸ™‚ P.S.: I’ll be getting in touch soon re: interview (I haven’t forgotten!). πŸ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Hi Deb, it’s good to be back although it’s likely to be a while before I post again! Glad you enjoyed the photos. I understand completely about being busy, and I too am again finding myself jammed up with a big to-do list! No worries about time!

  14. bdale56 says:

    I live on a floodplain. Yeah, ok, I’m an idiot, or maybe I don’t have that much money to live anywhere else. I’m one of the river rats in the valley. I really enjoyed this post…

    • Catwoods says:

      Glad you enjoyed the post, bdale56, thank you for your comment. I suspect it’s hard to avoid living in the floodplains when an area has lots of rivers and streams. Lots of homes were traditionally built in floodplains where everyone needs to remain aware of weather and take precautions to stay safe.

  15. TheDailyScrap says:

    Water can be ominous and amazing at the same time. Glad you were safe ~

  16. Mollie Hunt says:

    We used to have a place on the river. A small river, though not as small as your creek. The movement of water up and down the banks was endlessly fascinating. I enjoyed your journey, and coming home to your cat.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, I’m happy to know you enjoyed the photos from our winter walk along the creek! We too find it intriguing and refreshing to live near the creek. The return to cats has always been a pleasure after being out at the creek. All our others have gone to the Rainbow Bridge over the years; Bud is our only kitty at the moment.

  17. Candace says:

    I would stay in, too, if we had winter but nice creek photos when you did venture out. It looks pretty violent, nature is very powerful. Hi, Bud!

    • Catwoods says:

      Bud is sending a Hi back atcha, Candace! I’m happy you enjoyed the photos; you are right, the creek was a raging force that day, it was startling to look at! Nice to live in a place that doesn’t have much winter!

  18. lulu says:

    Your photos show keen awareness. I like that.

  19. Karen B says:

    How does Bud do that? Just how does he manage to put your fabulous photos of Mother Nature at her most impressive, in the shade? And just with a flash of those startlingly beautiful green eyes and with the sun kissing his whiskers!
    He is a natural born beauty, that’s for sure.
    Thanks for coming out of hibernation, I loved the post.

    • Catwoods says:

      Karen, Bud and I thank you so much! He is so flattered that you noticed his green eyes! I would actually like to have more kitty pictures to post, but like most cats, he moves a lot and is hard to catch the way I’d like to; it’s rare to get him looking right at the camera. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! I thought the flood pics were dramatic but winter is getting wearing, and I’m ready for spring and something more colorful and peaceful!

      • Karen B says:

        I so know what you mean about puss cats being hard to photograph. When my dear cat Ossie died, I only really had one photo which captured him as I really knew him.
        That water looked so powerful and the number of shots really enables your followers to be there with you.
        I think winter is exhausting. Just keeping warm is a battle. I think we will all have more energy when it is over.

        • Catwoods says:

          I know just what you mean about the photos of cats who have left us, Karen. I have many cats at the Rainbow Bridge and so few of the photos are really good – I’ve been searching through them since I’m writing a book about all of our cats over the years.
          The water is indeed very powerful, and there are sometimes people who want to kayak in it, which is not a good idea. They’ve had to do at least one water rescue off the large creek this one runs into, during flood time.
          I agree about winter, I don’t like it much at all! The last few have been colder than usual for us!

  20. joss8088 says:

    So interesting to see what’s going on in your part of the world. Your creek is very active!

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed visiting our creek, joss8o88! The creek does have something different to show us almost every day. There’s been several heavy rains from late fall through this winter, so, lots of watery excitement lately!

  21. elmdriveimages says:

    Nice composition, Catwoods … I like the stop action as well as the movement. Good Work.

  22. Loved looking at the photos. All we have outside is white! We also think Bud is mighty handsome. Staying cozy and warm is the right idea!

    • Catwoods says:

      Hemingway and Shakespeare, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos! I’m sympathetic to everyone getting hit with so much snow and cold this year. Bud is pleased you think he is handsome and he is becoming even more smug!

  23. badapple says:

    Glad the cats have sense to stay out of that raging creek! I love the focus of your site.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much badapple, I’m happy that you like the site! We do have to keep the cats inside due to coyotes and other hazards, but Bud likes to think it’s all his idea!

  24. Love Bud’s green eyes! Great set of photos!

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