The Heartbreak Light of Autumn, Part 2; Trees, Cats, Critters

Sweetgum Afternoon

Illuminated Sweetgum

Sweetgum in the Sky, October. More sweetgum later, but first we move back in time. There’s no photo editing in this post, not even the cat pictures.

The light actually changes sometime in August, while we’re still all summery. We’re not watching for it, but one day, it’s amber outside. Very pleasant, but it also feels eerie.

American Beauty Berry

American Beauty Berry

Beauty Berries in September, with a few crinkled leaves.

Pokeweed in August

Pokeweed in the Sky

In town, Pokeweed in the Sky; back in August when the strange light begins. We somehow overlooked a plant, resulting in a 15 foot tall monster. Made some nice weird pictures, but it was freakin’ Rappaccini’s Garden out there. Seriously, don’t go near pokeweed, the entire plant is toxic! I zoomed to take the pictures because even touching it can be harmful. Only birds can eat the berries. We’ll be looking to dig up that taproot, wearing gloves, over the winter.

Density of Pokeweed


Leaves starting to wither, light glowing gold, shadows deepening. Creeping autumn, in late summer.

Astute Mockingbird

Astute Mockingbird

Unexpected mockingbird, September, about to take a plunge.

Mocker fill up on berries

Mocker fills up on berries

The astute Mockingbird dove right in and dined on pokeberries. The bird will spread the seeds via pooping.

Forest in odd light

Forest in odd light

Photos don’t show just how odd the light really is.

September leaf color

September leaf color

These leaves got an early start.

I named the feral cat in town Madame Curious: I loved her from afar, and always hoped to bring her inside with us eventually. She was becoming tamer, staying inside more, but I wasn’t there often enough to get her used to me; she would follow my husband around meowing instructions. We’ve seen ferals turn sweet before, after a time. I was wondering how I’d manage with a wildcat in the house; I figured I wouldn’t be as fleet and skilled as I used to be if she darted out the door or had a tiff with Bud. Meanwhile, after she became an indoor cat, she bonded strongly with a friend of ours, becoming a lap cat! Here’s she is as a house kitty:

Madame Curious, feral house kitty!

Madame Curious, feral house kitty!

The friend wanted to keep her, and we felt this was a great outcome for our wild feline because our friend’s other cats were well-kept, beautifully taken care of. As sorrowful as it was to let Madame Curious go with anyone else, we knew she was with the right person. They had to move several states away though, so now I feel alone under that peculiar fall daylight, in the yard of a house that had been hit by a tornado a few years back, with another friend moved off and not even a little wild cat to anchor me! I will adopt another cat one day, one who is acclimated to humans from the getgo. I can easily care for lovebug cats.

Beginning colors

Beginning colors

Trees are in a showy skid from lush and bright to sparse and grayed; I’m happy my feral girl’s in a good place but sad, missing her.

Now, terrible world events have broken my heart even further.

Last year's grackles

Last year’s grackles

Back out at the land in September of 2014, a one-day visit from a flock of grackles. They wished to remain unseen, and made sly use of existing cover. I had to hide and shoot from a distance, so the picture is enlarged and unsharp. I saw one on the ground with a berry in its beak and an attitude in its strut. I’m so taken with their iridescent coloration.

Elegance of a thicket

Elegance of a thicket

The lighting of wildest dreams.

Strong branches

Strong branches

I love looking into the thickets of leaves, seeing how deep, how jam-packed this forest really is.



Brighter than I would’ve imagined.

The catwoods on a quiet day

The catwoods on a sunny day

Party in the catwoods

Party in the catwoods

On a warm day, a leftover lizard choosing the wrong backdrop:

Lizard turning colors as I watch

Green anole lizard greened up as I watched

Sweetgum radiant

Sweetgum radiant

The hottest reds

The hottest reds

Crimson jumps out

Crimson jumps out

Sad that pretty leaves crisp up

Pretty leaves crisp up

The spectrum bounces everywhere

Bounce of the spectrum

Packed leaves of all descriptions

Dense growth in the midstory

Intricate tricks

Sweetgum leaves turn red and yellow

Sweetgum with seedpod

Sweetgum with seedpod

Sweetgum burst

Sweetgum extravaganza

High in the canopy

High in the canopy


I zoomed up to the canopy here, saw tiny pine cones, then swooped in closer by cropping to enlarge them. The spiky sweetgum spheres are there too, but hard to see; they were still greenish at the time.

A passing cloud, a quieter scene

Partly cloudy

We saw mostly yellow sweetgum leaves with a few red, sometimes a leaf would have both colors and some green. Now in November, one sweetgum treetop has shed its yellow leaves and is dotted with seedpods turned rich brown. We used to paint those silver and gold for Christmas decorations, and pine cones too. On lower branches green leaves persist, tinged on the edges with bright red. More pictures than I can possibly post are still in the camera.

Back to the creek:

October evening

Ethereal October evening

Leaf pack meets water

Leaf pack meets water

Call me crazy but I like the ways these colors and shapes distort at various magnifications. A week or so after I took these pictures, we had a frog-strangler of a rain. Now the creek is raging, washing leaves pictured here downstream.

Magic reflecting creek

Traveling ripples

Y’all please go back and check out part one of this series:

Budcat at rest

Budcat at rest

The editor takes a much-deserved break.

The forest gets all the credit for taking off by itself this year, nudging me into posting two more posts than I’d intended. This might be my last post for an unspecified while. I have to work on other things over the next several months, including getting my book on cats and nature published. Here’s a link to a description:




About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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109 Responses to The Heartbreak Light of Autumn, Part 2; Trees, Cats, Critters

  1. greenpete58 says:

    Beautiful photos and text, as always. A touch of peacefulness in this chaotic, brutal world. What camera/devices do you use? I’d love to take up nature photography some day, but don’t know where to start!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind words, greenpete58! Glad you enjoyed the photos! I use a Canon Powershot SX260HS. I really like this camera except for the pop-up flash unit, which is located exactly where I need to grip the camera. I decided not to use flash anyway, just natural and ambient light. I’m not a pro photographer, so you might want to ask around and get several opinions about which is the best camera to start with. Many get astonishing photos with cell phone cameras; I’m slowly learning to use one, but I have no idea which one of those would be the best. Good luck and have fun!

  2. elmdriveimages says:

    Thanks for the, like, on Elm Drive Images, Oooops Me and My Big Mouth.

  3. fishoutofwater5 says:

    This was beautiful. I really like your pictures of the water.

  4. helenbirdart says:

    Beautiful nature photography & use of light. I can smell the crispness in the autumn air! I particularly love the lizard shot…great macro work.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much helenbirdart, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos! The lizard was a challenge as I am more used to shooting distance scenes. I look forward to seeing the posts of your paintings! I really love your use of color. I also a painter years ago.

  5. I feel like I have just been out for a walk in the woods–but not my coniferous woods–It was nice.

  6. GP Cox says:

    It took me a while to find you again, so now that I have – Happy New Year!

  7. Absolutely WONDERFUL post. I enjoyed it sooooo much. Thank you.

  8. Grandtrines says:

    Nice post! (But, where is your “Reblog” button?)

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I prefer not to be reblogged at this time, so I turned off the reblog button. I also noticed you do not have reblog buttons on your Grandtrines site.
      Just curious, I’m wondering why your gravatar profile page and your name above do not link to your Grandtrines site?

      • Grandtrines says:

        GT should have reblog set to “on.” I will double check that. I do reblog GT out to my other astro blogs (Lost Dudeist Astrology and Mystic Rectangles). And, the Halau blog ( has RB’d me extensively in the past. Well, it is just another thing to check into! Not sure about the gravatar thing; never spent much time keeping up with that. (Another thing to look into?)

        I understand if you do not want a RB. But you do have very good work.

        • Catwoods says:

          OK, I’ll just put a link here so people can find Grandtrines, if it isn’t clickable (I don’t know why but the spreadaloha link didn’t post clickable) they can type in the url:
          I do see your reblog button now, I was looking in the wrong place.

          I appreciate your comments and I’m glad you like my work. I am flattered when anyone wants to reblog. Just trying to keep a little more control of how the work travels throughout the Internet, for reasons unrelated to the fellow bloggers who might want to reblog.

  9. D.S. says:

    Hi, Leah! Hope you had a very good holiday, a very relaxing, joyous one. And wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year! Hard to believe another one’s come around again, 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Hi Deb! Glad to see you posting again as I missed you! Holidays were hectic here due to 3 severe weather watch alerts. Ay yai yai, just now catching my breathe from that. Good moments in between, though. I cannot believe that the New Year is coming so fast either! Truly does truly fly right on past!

      • D.S. says:

        Yes, I’ve been “out of the loop” for a while, but I’m easing back in, slowly but surely. 🙂 Our weather had been lovely — until the past day or so. But I think (hope) the worst of it is over. I know you’ve had some major, major storms down south — please take care of yourselves! And … Happy New Year (soon)!

      • D.S. says:

        Leah, I hope my comment just went through … If not … Just said (this may be a repeat) that our weather was fine until the other day, but it’s getting better. You stay safe down there — I know the south has had some major, major storms. Be careful! And, on a happier note: Happy New Year (soon), again! 🙂

        • Catwoods says:

          Thanks, Deb! Both your comments went through fine. I had to be away from the computer for awhile. Hoping your weather keeps improving too! Warmest wishes for a Happy New Year, and always!

  10. Beautiful post. Thank you. Hugs, Barbara

    • Catwoods says:

      Barbara, thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Sorry for the delay answering your comment. I just got back to the computer after the severe alert of last night. Haven’t yet tried posting comments from the phone. Hugs in return!

  11. S.H. says:

    Hello, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a like! I was scrolling through yours and came across Madame Curious. My own kitten’s name is Madam Curie 🙂
    I appreciate the fact that you’ve rescued (a) feral cat(s), and your photos of nature are absolutely wondrous to see. I’ll definitely be revisiting.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for visiting, S. H., and for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! Happy to see also, that your kitten is named Madam Curie!

  12. eurobrat says:

    Beautiful pictures! My favorite season.

  13. Talia Hardy says:

    Hello, thanks for visiting and leaving a like. Your photos are hugely enjoyable, as is your annotations. Poke weed in the sky has got me curious, a bit like the feral.

  14. amanpan says:

    Great post and fabulous pictures.

  15. RMW says:

    Wonderful outcome for your feral cat, if sad for you. I believe even the most feral of cats craves a comfy sofa! Catch you when you are back to blogging.

    • Catwoods says:

      I think you are right about the ferals, RMW, my family and I brought quite a few of them inside successfully. Word is Madame Curious is doing very well, so I’m happy … and a little sad too, missing her.

  16. My 2 cats are thrilled when leaves blow around the yard and run across the yard.
    They sit and watch the leaves for hours.
    Maybe they think they are some sort of bird!

    • Catwoods says:

      I love to see the cats with their attention really focused on something! Their ability to keep steady and track is really astonishing. We’ve had no really windy days here because it’s been mostly mild. Thank you so much for visiting!

  17. Charles Huss says:

    Those are great pictures. I hope Madame Curious does well in her new home.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, Charles, I’m glad you like the pictures! We have heard that MC is doing very well indeed; she has settled in, she’s friends with the other cats, and she’s being curious.

  18. Sweet as a Picture says:

    Looks like a beautiful day!

    • Catwoods says:

      We’ve had many days this fall with beautiful sunlight and the bluest skies ever! Thank you for visiting, Sweet as a Picture!

      • Sweet as a Picture says:

        That’s wonderful. I especially love the autumn/fall season. It was my pleasure to visit. 🙂

  19. Nice photographs. I think you managed to capture some of that strange autumn light.

  20. I am so glad you just liked Sundays with Simon and Sammy, not only because it’s nice to know you had read and liked it, but also because it made me aware that I had published it. Of course, by the name, you can tell that it wasn’t supposed to be published until Sunday. It was supposed to still be in draft form. I have listed it as private now so hopefully no one else will see it til Sunday. I am so glad you made me aware of it by your “like”.

    • Catwoods says:

      I’ll look forward to seeing it again Sunday! Ya know, I didn’t give the day a second thought, just a little lost in time tonight, lol. I just read the post and liked it.

  21. joey says:

    So glad I don’t have any pokeweed goin on. At least, I don’t think. Gah, that stuff is seriously awful.
    Sweet kitty, darling name.

    • Catwoods says:

      MC is a real sweetie, underneath all that feral bluster!
      Somehow after the tornado came through, there was a pokeweed outbreak on many vacant lots. Buildings were gone and lawns were untended for awhile. I think maybe it was native here and just took the opportunity to come back. It’s a tough plant and I’ve heard it’s hard to get the taproot out when you dig it up, too. Have that to look forward to, LOL.

      • joey says:

        I haven’t paid much attention to the back 40 this year, so I could have some out there. But I’ve only heard of it and read about it. I’ve never actually seen any.

        • Catwoods says:

          I tend to like wildflowers and weeds better than cultivars, so I find pokeweed attractive, and interesting to photograph. The information on just how toxic it actually is, that’s all over the map. I purposely overstated it a little, to err on the side of absolute safety, and took a little heat for that here and on social media, LOL. But the cautionary info is out there on the Internet.

          • joey says:

            You know what? I am the kind of person who is allergic to too much stuff, so if I see any, it won’t be me diggin it out! Safety first! The berries are gorgeous, as all so purple they’re almost black things are 🙂

  22. Beautiful photos and accompanying text. I am so happy to hear that madame Curious found a home. What a wonderful story he may have told on Buddy Foster’s Guest Blog Thursdays.

    • Catwoods says:

      Brenda, thanks so much for your kind words, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! We were pleased that things worked out so well for Madame Curious, too. I am flattered and honored if you are asking if we can put her story on your Guest Blog, but I’ll have to wait a month or two to decide about that. I’d have to communicate with the person who has the kitty, and right now i’m overwhelmed with medical matters and holiday stuff. I’ll have to give this some thought and get back with you later. Thanks, Leah

  23. RMW says:

    Always good to hear about a feral cat making it as a domestic. My feral tries hard, his favorite spot is on the sofa by the window… but he is still, nevertheless, feral…

    • Catwoods says:

      We’ve seen several ferals become friendly when brought inside a house, to the residents only; but it did take years. However, there was one we brought inside who became more relaxed, but never friendly. So, any way it turns out is good progress, I think! Good for you for taking in a feral kitty!

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  25. chattykerry says:

    Beautiful as always. Happy Thanksgiving! You reminded me that the grackles have moved south (or north?) and it is a little quieter in the trees.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks, Kerry! Happy Thanksgiving to you also! The grackles really are a noisy bunch. I heard them first, then then looked out the window on that day I got photo. We only see them in our woods once a year every fall, I suppose because berries are ripe; maybe berries are best on a certain day and the birds know that! We see them year-round in town, in smaller groups.

      • chattykerry says:

        They stay in groups for most of spring. I quite like them but they chatter so much that you can hardly hear yourself think! We sometimes see the boat tailed grackles – they all sound the same…:)

        • Catwoods says:

          I’m actually partial to grackles, though not many people are. I’ve seen only a few boat tailed gracks, always when I was in coastal areas.

          • chattykerry says:

            I really like them, too, they are very beautiful birds and so social. I imagine they are speaking in Spanish…:) The boat tails are almost always at the coast here too.

            • Catwoods says:

              I think they’re beautiful, too, but they get a bad rap as agricultural pests and for preying on eggs of other birds, which is also done by many other bird species. In the 80s I wrote an article on grackles that was published by a small nature journal. I’ve often thought of re-vamping it for the blog, but that would be a loooong way off as I’m just overwhelmed with things to do for an extended time.

              • chattykerry says:

                I didn’t realize that they got a bad rap. Would love to read your article when you are all finished with your current tasks. I am having a quiet day but then I need to focus on my next magazine article and advertising the Kindle book. K x

  26. catsworking says:

    Somehow you recently found my blog, which led me to yours, and I must tell you how mesmerized I am by your photography, as well as pea-green with envy that my home lacks the Waldenesque-ness (did I just make up a new word?) of your surroundings.

    After just having bonded myself with a total stranger of a black kitten after about 5 minutes in his company, I can fully empathize with your angst over losing Madame Curious, an imposing grand dame of a feral who must make your house seem empty by her absence. But you did the right thing if she is with the human she chooses..

    Bud has the look to be a charter member of Cats Working, which favors cats of the black and/or white variety. I would like to add you to our blogroll, if that’s OK. Karen and the Cats

    • Catwoods says:

      Karen, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. Also glad to see people understand about Madame Curious. Like being a foster of sorts, and then having to let go. We have heard from her household and she is doing well, being curious.

      Bud and I would be honored to be on your blogroll! I need to work on my web site list one day – I work slow – and will return the favor when I do.

      Great to meet you online and I look forward to checking out your site!

      Leah and Budster

  27. claire says:

    You’ve caught the subtle splendors of the autumn colours so well. I thoroughly a nice long wonder though the shots.

  28. niasunset says:

    The colours of autumn are so beautiful, like a painting. And birds so lovely, but you can guess, your cats are the best for me 🙂 I loved all your photographs. Especially the reflections are amazing. Thank you, Blessing and Happiness, love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Nia, thank you so much for your kind words, I am happy you enjoyed my pictures! I love looking at your beautiful, interesting photos, with the poetic titles you give them, every day! Like you though, the cat pictures are always my favorites! Happiness and love going out to you and your family, Leah

  29. Candace says:

    Those pokeberries are pretty, too bad they’re toxic. Good luck on your projects!

  30. ruthdetwiler says:

    Beautiful fall photos and Madam Curious has such a beautiful face. Have a good week end.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, Ruth, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! I have to agree with you, MC is a very pretty cat! Hoping you have a good weekend, too.

  31. Lauren says:

    The colors, forms, and diversity of Life are so exquisite. . . Beautiful catch!

  32. Hi Catwoods-
    Lovely pics, lovely kitties, and tasty birdies.
    Thanks for the great images 🙂
    I understand how taking a break is needed to get published. I took a month off and still need more time to get there. So we wish you the best on your publishing journey. Thanks for the nice pics to tide us over during your hiatus. Let us know as soon as you make headway!
    O and OM.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much O and OM! “tasty birdies”, LOL I’m wishing you success in publishing your book and I’ll want to know when it comes out, too. I work slowly and I’m not really sure I can do this, but I’m going to give it a go. I had already announced over a year ago that the book was done, and it wasn’t!

      • Hi catwoods-
        We are the first ones to understand that a book is never really done. Just sat down today, looking down the long barrel of a shotgun… er.. i mean laptop at the mess that is my unedited book.

        Let us be the first to tell you that you CAN do this. Just stick with it, no matter how slow the going.

        We are rooting for you all the way.

        Let us know more about your process as it progresses.

        O and OM.

        • Catwoods says:

          O and OM, again I thank you so much! It really means a lot to have your support. I often lack confidence so I love it when encouragement comes my way! I know what you mean about editing being a daunting task, as well as so many other tasks that attend the publication process. And I don’t think the Budcat is up for helping edit much longer … Whenever it’s over and I have a book in hand – likely to be longer than anyone thinks is reasonable, LOL, but I’m managing health problems too – I think I might indeed make a post about what all goes in to getting to that point. Meanwhile, I want to return support to you, I know you have the talent and determination and I know you’ll be able to get your book done and published. And I will certainly be interested to know what insights you gained along the way, or infused into the process. I love the mandala you posted yesterday, BTW!
          Hugs and best wishes always,

  33. Gorgeous images. Keep us apprised on Madame Curious cat…

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Claudia, glad you enjoyed the pictures! I have not heard anything yet, but I’m sure I will. I have confidence that everything will work out well because I had a lengthy opportunity to observe the lovely home with cats that MC was adopted into.

    • Catwoods says:

      Claudia, I did just hear that she is doing very well, and being very curious!

  34. Karen B says:

    I forgot to ask if you are familiar with the work of Andy Goldsworthy? If you get a moment, google him. You photos of leaves on water tell me that you might just like what he does.

    • Catwoods says:

      Karen, thank you, I did look for him and he does fantastic work! Very tied to nature, which I like. Someone had pointed me in his direction before about a year ago, I think.

  35. Karen B says:

    You have transported me to another world with your ‘Sweetgum’, Pokeweed’, and ‘Grackles’. So although it felt as though you were speaking another language I also got to see my first Mockingbird! Just perfect!
    I can see why Madame Curious left a tender wound in your heart where the love grew for her. Bud is looking so lovely though, with those big paws. A handsome boy if ever I saw one. x

    • Catwoods says:

      Karen, I am so happy you enjoyed this post! I wish I knew more, but I can’t name all the plants in the pictures, Some people can do that, they know their botany very well. I just thrive off the colors and shadows and and brightness the forest presents daily. Bud is happy you think he is handsome, and he does have big paws! He is a big all over boy! Hugs, Leah

  36. lulu says:

    The good news is you had time to pay attention to all that was around you before having to move on to other things.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you lulu, yeah that light just flooded in every day and pulled me right out the door, and resistance was futile, LOL. I do have to buckle down and get to work now though.

  37. Dragnfli says:

    Before pokeweed has berries, it is edible. The Cherokee cooked and ate it in the spring as a restorative from the winter.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for commenting, Dragonfli. I hope you won’t find my thoughts disagreeable, but the mature pokeweed plant pictured is extremely toxic, even to touch. I researched it before posting, and though I can’t recover all of the links now, small children have died from ingesting a few berries; the plant is generally regarded as toxic. It’s a member of the nightshade family. I knew it was used as food, in the past by Native Americans, and in the southeast US, where it may still be used. I also knew that historically, it had a variety of other uses. The food use I am familiar with is ONLY the very first leaves in the spring, and ONLY after boiling it three times and discarding the water each time; and some sources indicate there is still no guarantee it’s safe. So I purposely chose not to post about pokeweed’s history of being consumed because in a public post, someone may take the information out of context. I’ll post two links here, one a lengthy discussion, and the other containing a list of the drastic symptoms. It’s also toxic to domestic animals. Much more information can be found online.

      • Dragnfli says:

        I agree the plant is toxic after it matures. But I have dug it out by the roots while it has berries on it and suffered no ill effects. And the tap root is strong and deep.

        • Catwoods says:

          I figured we have out work cut our for us, going after that tap root, LOL. I’m glad you didn’t have any ill effects, Dragonfli. I know people who grew up around pokeweed and had no trouble, when they were young and healthy. Individuals can vary in reaction when exposed to low levels of toxins. Anyway almost every article I’ve found warns of possible dire effects, if pokeweed is not handled, harvested, and prepared via really narrow guidelines. I just don’t have time to post all those links, but they easily found. So I’m going to err on the side of caution and warn people whenever I post about a topic with that much precautionary ‘smoke’.

  38. cdog5 says:

    Oh, Leah! These photos are beautiful! It’s like taking a walk through the woods with you — and you’re so knowledgable about your surroundings, too (I know I’m in good hands). 🙂 I’m so happy to see the many leaf colors here since I’m viewing them in a state where I’m surrounded by trees but they’re all barren. I just love trees, and I can tell you do, too. And you’re so right about the way the light changes in August — I’ve been noticing that a lot of late. The kitty, Madame Curious, looks so sweet; I’m sure another kitty will come along soon (they all know just the right people to pick out, you know, :)). Now, that little green lizard would sort of freak me out, but not like a snake would. 🙂 And what a way to end this tour with a loving gaze upon beautiful Budcat — such a lovely kitty. Thank you for all this wondrous nature gazing — I LOVE it! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Catwoods says:

      cdog5, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! We do have a long, slow autumn here and there are still leaves to be photographed out there, though not nearly so many. I wish I knew more about plants, I don’t know the names of many depicted here. Oh yeah, MC is a sweetheart deep down, I’m sure of it, and I know she has the right person to bring that out in her! Bud’s is so happy you think he’s beautiful and he’s getting quite puffed up with himself about it!

      • cdog5 says:

        Well, Bud should get all puffed up — he’s a sweetie to be sure! Most of our leaves are grounded (lol). I wish I knew the names of more trees and plants, too. Sometimes I think I’ll get a book and study up on them, but then I get distracted by something else — story of my life! 🙂

        • Catwoods says:

          When I was ten I got tree books and studied them, but over the years, all that wore off! I still have some guides, but I have so many distractions, I seldom use them! It’s strange how slowly our autumn unfolds. Out one window I’m seeing short trees fully leafed in yellow and red. Another way, most leaves are down but a few are still hanging on, and I keep taking pictures of them. I’ll be tempted to do another autumn post but ay yai yai, I’ve done enough of those and I really have to move on to other things.:-) For me it really takes a major effort to do a post, most of my available energy for several days!

          • cdog5 says:

            Well, I love your posts, so whatever you decide to do is fine by me. 🙂

            Snowed here yesterday and now we have a very light blanket of white on the ground. Fortunately it’s sunny today. I just love pine trees — they’re so stoic with all that white hanging around, 🙂

            Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

            • Catwoods says:

              Pine trees have always been favorites of mine! I was so psyched to find I could zoom to those pine comes on the tree top. Yikers on the early snow! Brrrr. It is a pretty sight, though. Cold today and tomorrow here, much colder than I like!
              Warmest wishes always!

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