Cat Keeps Cool; Plants Ready to Party

The Bobcat in Winter

The Bobcat in Winter

Cool cat Bud tucks himself into the quiet and chill of late February, a few weeks back. I grab an odd patch of clear hours in an otherwise jammed up schedule, to post his ‘last of winter’ pictures.

Big Bright-eyed Boy

Big Bright-Eyed Boy

This is the brightest photo; the room illumination is mostly lightbulb, with a little sunlight.

Budster as the evening darkens

Budster as the evening darkens

I like this darker picture, too. Bud, being a cat and therefore having sensing mechanisms humans don’t possess, no doubt feels spring coming in February. He grins and purrs and tells me nothing, going “Ho Hum”; he keeps his cool, but he’s known the forest has been up to something. A week or so later, I get around to noticing changes in the light.

Late Winter Canopy

Late Winter Canopy

Taken right after I took Bud’s photos, here the pines are green as ever, the deciduous trees are still sans foliage. Their quiet branches wouldn’t be about to spout off, would they? Now, tree frogs we call rainfrogs are singing before a rain; early bloomers are spotted with pinks and magentas; early leafers have misted the branches with fresh greens. Spring is fixin’ to break out all over!

But it’s still officially winter, so, to make sure this cool but proud cat guy keeps his composure, I better post his pictures quick!




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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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47 Responses to Cat Keeps Cool; Plants Ready to Party

  1. Thanks so much for liking some of my posts. I appreciate it very much! Like yours, too. 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      My pleasure, Sunshinebright! Enjoyed yours also.

      • I go back and forth between my two blogs, so I think I might have answered you in not the one I meant to! I’m also the author and photographer on “Pussycats 3.” It’s one of my greatest pleasures to photograph my cats.

        • Catwoods says:

          I gathered you were the author of both blogs. I love to photograph cats also, they move a lot you have to be patient but it’s so worth it to get a few good shots.

          • Most of the time, they just stay where they were, or they keep doing what they were doing. They are so used to my camera and phone. Keep watching. I have Pussycats 3 scheduled for every 4 days. Some are with stills and some are my new iPhone videos. Too bad the phone videos are narrow, but they are still precious!! 🙂

  2. Joyful2bee says:

    You have a way with words! So poetic. You also have a gorgeous cat!

  3. betunada says:

    he is, indeed, a regal beast !

  4. elmdriveimages says:

    Thanks for the like on the Double Rainbow at Elm Drive Images.

  5. Carol says:

    What a sassy pants. He’s awesome!

  6. annelouisep says:

    What a handsome cat! Lovely photos.

  7. elmdriveimages says:

    Thanks for the like on Muffin sunning herself on our deck.

  8. Great photos. Beautiful cat!

  9. cremedelauren says:

    He even dressed in his best tux for the photos! So dapper! 🙂

  10. katbellies says:

    It looks like his school picture!

  11. Candace says:

    He certainly seems to be a poser.

  12. RMW says:

    My cat Frankie was so excited to see photos of Bud he wanted to leave a message… hope Bud can translate it for you!

    • Catwoods says:

      Bud was here in the keyboard space as soon as I published the message, RMW. I’m sure he translated, but he didn’t tell me! Bud did tell me to send his best wishes to Frankie, though.

  13. cdog5 says:

    What a beautiful cat, Leah! I’m sorry I didn’t see this post earlier, too. 🙂 So glad to have you back in the blogosphere! Say, I’ll be getting in touch with you this week re: interview. Have a great day! 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Hi Deb, Bud and I thank you, he loves to hear about how pretty he is . 🙂 While I do come back and post time to time, I’m actually not exactly all here at the moment, LOL. So much going on … hoping for better in the future. Always a pleasure to be in touch but there’s no rush. All good things, Leah

      • cdog5 says:

        Leah, I’m not at my “home office” right now either, 🙂 But next week I’ll be back and I’ll be resuming my “normal blogging” subject matter. I’d like to run that interview with you, if you don’t mind. Did you want to add anything to it? Or take a look at it again? Contact me at my email, if you don’t mind. I hope you’re having a good start to spring! I’m in Michigan and it snowed yesterday! Yikes! 🙂

  14. azgsgirl says:

    I enjoy all your posts so much, Leah! I am sorry I didn’t see these earlier.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you azgsgirl, I’m just happy you enjoy the posts; I certainly enjoy yours! I’m glad you visited, I have no worries about how fast anyone sees the posts. I certainly don’t get around quickly or catch everything everyday myself!

  15. lulu says:

    Bud reminds me of our cat who has passed away at the age of 19. Luckily, spring is in full bloom in Houston which makes me glad to be here.

    • Catwoods says:

      Sorry to hear of the loss of your cat, lulu. 19 years is a good long life for a kitty, but no matter the age, losing them is so difficult. Good to hear of spring beginning where you are! Over the past few days the blooming has become more apparent here, but it’s been too rainy for me to get out much to take pictures.

  16. KerryCan says:

    That a gorgeous cat! And, yes, mine know spring is coming, too, even though we still have snow on the ground.

    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and I thank you Kerry, he loves to hear compliments! Amazing how cats know spring’s here even when everything’s chilly and snowy. I hope everyone’s snow melts soon, there’s been a staggering amount of snow coming down this (soon to be past, technically anyway) winter!

  17. Karen B says:

    What a handsome boy that Bud is with his laid back, film star looks and nonchalant attitude! I bet he is enjoying the tweets of the spring birds in the trees. My cat Otto did his first Spring stretch and roll yesterday in the sun. Good times are just around the corner!
    If I were closer, I would love to be introduced to Bud. He and I could be friends, if he would allow it. x

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your very sweet compliment to Bud, Karen; he is very pleased to hear this! From your description, I can just picture Otto. We have rain today, but I’m sure the birds will be out when it stops.
      I know Bud would immediately recognize you as a person attuned to cats, Karen. I would also love to meet Otto! It would indeed be nice to be closer, but it’s also magical to be able to converse over such long distances.

      • Karen B says:

        Yes, you are right, it is ‘magical’. I never imagined when I started to blog that my life would become so enriched by the special connections I made (especially with other cat lovers) x

      • Karen B says:

        Otto has really big paws and I am so glad I took him in as a stray. I only wish I could take in and help more. But I have done that before and it is not always kind to the existing cats, who have their own space invaded.
        Please give Bud a kiss from me….just on the top of his sweet head. x

        • Catwoods says:

          Funny thing, Karen, the moment I published your comment, Bud jumped right up into the keyboard space to get his kiss from you! I send one back to Otto, and your other kitties! I too would love to take in more cats since now we only have Bud in house here, although we are feeding a feral in town, Madame Curious, and the lady living in that house lets her inside at night. I want at least one other cat but we are encumbered for awhile with a huge to-do list and some health problems. Bud’s not especially fond of new cats but he does do OK with them after lengthy introductions.

  18. Bud is a beautiful cat!

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