Creek Walks, Year’s End, Surprise Frog, Helpful Cat

Dream Creek

Dream Creek

Seeking the last autumn brightness, I looked back at October 2015 pictures. I wanted to feast on prismatic waters and bent sunrays. Instead of posting only December pics here, first we’ll go back to some peak leaf radiance to help us get through winter grays! We’ll check out ‘special effects’ we left out of the last creek post.

Bud in deep contemplation

Bud in deep editing contemplation

Stopping the presses to thank the editor for his thoughtful and everlasting suggestions. He’s wondering when we’ll get back to all-cat articles. Soon Buddy, soon.

Leafway

Leafway

One leaf rides high in the float.

Water twists light

Water twists light

Here’s where it gets weird. This is a cropped detail of the water rippling near the opposite bank. What’s lurking there? Only a phenomenon of light and color? I love the multi-color, the flashes of blue, reflected from the sky, riding on the dark shadow spaces. We always think we hear things in the water’s sound. Are we seeing things too? (Yeah I know it’s refraction, the camera picks up stuff the human eye doesn’t see, and mine is set to be a tad extra sensitive to blue. Just having a little fun. Wee woo hoo!)

Currents

Currents

The rest of the picture I took the above cropped pic from.

Last of October 2015, blue speckled leaves

Last of October 2015, blue speckled leaves and pinestraw

The leaves and pine needles are soaked and that moisture reflects the blue of the sky; the deeper water is reflecting the remaining green foliage.

A small tributary, only a part of something much larger

A small tributary, only a part of something much larger

I cropped in closer on this one, intending to examine the mysterious underbank. This was taken right before the picture with all the upper left side color; that’s how fast the light flickers, fades, brightens.

Fading light, mysteries

Fading light, mysteries

Going into the corner of this photo, there really are some mysterious, near-spooky shapes gliding around in that water by land’s edge! It’s only shadows …

Pine straw over leaves

Pine straw over leaves

Sky and trees actually included

Sky and trees actually included

Red accents

Crimson and vermillion accents

Driven to abstraction by sunken leaves.

Shimmer

Shimmer

Excitement

Excitement

Becalmed

Becalmed

 

Looking upstream

The view upstream

All this changed by December 19th, when the husband said, “Let’s go to the creek.” I agreed right away. Bad weather was ahead, and we knew we were seeing one of the last warm, calm days.

December 19th long view, creek

December 19th long view, creek

Under a shifting, partly cloudy sky, the color scheme is blunted but still retains play.

Frog

Frog

Frog, top view

Frog, top view

The frog is camped on a mossy flat rock that has become muddy.

Yellow garnish remains

Yellow garnish remains

Warm December Day

Warm December Day

Last leaves

Last leaves

On December 23 a severe weather watch was projected to last all night and into the next day. That means warm air, with an unsettled feel. Early evening, we watched fast-moving clouds moving in all directions. No one slept much. Everyone stayed on social media late into the night, edgy and restless. There’d been at least one tornado in Mississippi, we knew that much. On December 24th we learned that there had been several, involving many states; one long-track EF4 resulted in deaths, injuries, and shredded homes. Only a few degrees temperature difference in the upper atmosphere, a last minute change, had kept Alabama from having the same factors of tornado-producing turbulence overhead as Mississippi did that night.

So there was a breather on the 24th, and part of the 25th; then another watch was on for the evening and night hours. About the same time we were driving into town, there was an EF0 about five or six miles from our home.  AFAIK so far, it caused only tree damage. Zero doesn’t sound very impressive, but that’s still a 75 mph rotating wind. While on the road I saw a line between dark and light slanting down from sky to ground, but the rest of the sky next to it was darkly cloudy with no defined line on the other side to suggest a vortex. Still … tornadoes are difficult to see in this region. Not long after, an EF2 hit Midfield, Alabama, an area on the outskirts of Birmingham. Thankfully no lives were lost, but many, many homes were heavily damaged and/or destroyed. My Christmas spirit just fizzled away, I have to admit.

High water from the downpours of these weather systems caused terrible flooding over several states. We had no flooding impact, but the few last autumn leaves were no doubt washed down the creek. I haven’t seen it yet. My sustenance comes from nature as is evident from my posts, but there are also times it scares and saddens me.

Photos from the October creek walk are also here:

https://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/the-heartbreak-light-of-autumn-part-1-the-creek-with-cat/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Catwoods

I'm a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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72 Responses to Creek Walks, Year’s End, Surprise Frog, Helpful Cat

  1. DS Levy says:

    Leah, I always enjoy looking at your photographs — they’re so interesting and beautiful, and I love how you narrate them, telling the reader how the shot was taken, what’s of note, etc. Like those leaves in the stream, for instance; of course, me and my snake phobia, I was a tad nervous as I scanned down, wondering if those ripples might not be caused by … A water snake! (Thank heavens, no.) And I love that shot of your cat Bud, such a gorgeous, contemplative view. One other thing I so admire: your attentiveness to the weather — I like that. I feel as though many people just don’t pay attention to it, nor do they fully appreciate its power, strength, and yet its ability to bring peace and joy. Thank you for these incredible photos, this wonderful post! Hope the book is going well! 🙂

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Deb, I’m so glad you liked the photos and narration. I wasn’t sure about it all since I really rushed this. The book progress is steady, but I’m having to work around a multitude of other pressing matters, as usual. Glad I didn’t have a snake this time, I will try to remember to put ‘snake’ in the title if I post another – you know I did place snake pics in posts before. I’ve never actually seen one in or around the creek, but then I usually don’t go to the creek in full summer when the woods are full of ticks, skeeters, poison ivy … I’ve actually seen a snake as late as October though. The weather, yeah, I agree with everything you say, and there’s such an increase of severe weather watches now! Since we were in the EF4, we’re extra sensitive. Warmest wishes always!

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      • DS Levy says:

        Don’t rush your book, Leah. What’s important is that you get it done, on your terms. Once it is done, what a great feeling of accomplishment! Actually, though, just writing it — being in the process of making/creating it — is a great accomplishment.

        Not to worry about snakes (says a woman who worries way too much about them!). LOL Many of our neighbors in Michigan will tell us that they’ve never seen a snake and they’ve been there for year … Then I got outside and … You guessed it! See a snake! I think I have “snake radar — 🙂 Actually, I suppose I just have my eyes open, always on the lookout.

        Take care and stay warm and out of storms. Another big storm predicted for this weekend in the D.C. area, if it pans out. I like snow, but I’m always glad to see it go. 🙂

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        • Catwoods says:

          I have of necessity learned to slack off and take my sweet time about everything, and I no longer even fret very much! I appreciate your encouragement about the book, sometimes I need that, for sure! I will be glad when have book in hand, however!
          I have photographed snakes I knew were non-venomous, but at a distance, since they will all bite if cornered. I’ve also walked right over a snake when I was carrying a big bag of trash out, LOL. I had to wait for that one to crawl off the path before I could get back into the house!
          I do feel for everyone getting these huge snow storms, I could not cope with that! Even a small amount means we have to plan ahead and stay off the roads here, as we don’t have all the right road-clearing plows, etc. Hoping you will stay safe and warm too!

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          • DS Levy says:

            Oh my gosh, if I stepped over a snake I’d … Well, I don’t know what I’d do! LOL I’m really trying to get over my fear of them since one day, maybe, we might be living where I’m more than likely to see one or two in a summer. And yes, those darn storms — it’s beginning to snow here as I write this, but we’re not supposed to get much accumulation. Steady she goes with the book, 😉 And best of luck! 🙂

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  2. omtatjuan3 says:

    Truly awesome pictures!

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  3. The one entitled “Excitement” looks like a painting. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Nature can be overwhelming and scary. Extremes make us feel so powerless. Today is very cold (19F) and gusty (40-50 mph), which does make us edgy, too.
    I love your autumn leaves and ripple reflections, so beautiful!

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    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos, Eliza, thank you for your kind words! Brrrr, 19 is pretty serious cold! I don’t like the the cold weather either! We are having some sub-freezing nights, days are above freezing but creepy-cold.

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  5. Deziz World says:

    Gweat fotos. OMC ifin we missed sleep over tornadoes, we wuld never sleep. MOL glad y’all missed ’em and stayed safe. have a gweat week.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed the pictures, Deziz World! Tornado watches are very common here, and we do sleep through some of them. Our weather personnel fine-tune their forecasts, and this was said to be an especially likely risk. Having been in a EF4 we’re more on edge; and this was an especially spooky, thundery, windy night. NOAA weather radios and severe weather apps for cell phones are a great help. Being in a tornado is something that stays with ya, so I tend to be a little overzealous with my cautionary tales! Hoping y’all have a great week too!

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      • Deziz World says:

        Yeah mommy’s been in quite a few. She still tells da story of da one dat touched down outside da dinin room window durin’ dinner time. MOL We just figger ifin it’s our time sittin’ round worryin’ ’bout it ain
        t gunna change anyfin’ and since there be nowhere to go and you shuldn’t be twyin’ to out run ’em anyways, we might as well sleep. 🙂 Stay safe and warm.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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        • Catwoods says:

          Yikers, right outside the window! Y’all stay safe and warm too!

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          • Deziz World says:

            Yeah, she sez growin’ up in tornado alley, ya’ just get used to them. She can handle tornadoes touchin’ down all tound da house, but don’t let da ground shake beneaff her. She hated her time in California cuz of da earffquakes. MOL It’s whatever you get used to, day dusn’t scare ya’. Weez all snuggled together, so no gettin’ cold here. 🙂

            Luv ya’

            Dezi and Lexi

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  6. You have some very lovely pictures here. I think you have a lovely blog here. Hugs and light, Barbara

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  7. Candace says:

    Are you sure it’s only shadows? Spooky but lovely leaf photos. Glad you didn’t sustain damage. Weather is a frightening thing.

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  8. joey says:

    I love the photos. Placed in this background, they look nearly Monet…So pretty!
    We’re frequented by tornadoes, too. Not good, but no worse than other places and their natural disasters. We’re fortunate to live near the siren, so that’s been helpful.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Joey, I’m glad you like the pictures! I probably go for the places that remind me the most of paintings, so it’s good to hear they resemble Monet, too. Sirens are a big help with the storm, also weather radios, weather apps for cell phones, helmets for everyone. I’m thinking I need to write a separate page on tornado safety, but I’m short of extra time for awhile yet.

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  9. chattykerry says:

    This is so perfect, Leah. It is so similar to our local lake/forest. I love the muddy frog. Did you know that in Scotland we call them puddocks? Isn’t that a fabulous name. I think it might be onomatopoeic but I am not sure.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Kerry, I’m so glad you like the woods and creek around here. I was hoping others could experience and enjoy them, at least a little, from the pictures. Puddocks – I love that! I think you’re right, it could be a match for frog sounds! I always like to know Scottish words and ways as I had a Scottish grandfather; never knew him, though, as he passed long before I was born.

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  10. RMW says:

    Really enjoyed your photos…. especially the more “abstract” ones. As we all know, cats don’t like to share… but Bud seems to be very patient waiting for his turn.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you RMW, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures! Bud is showing admirable restraint, but it will be awhile yet before I can put together a cat post, and I may do another creek post first. I know he’ll be steamed about that!

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  11. terrepruitt says:

    Beautiful pictures. Sorry that your Christmas got interrupted by weather. That is scary and awful no matter what time of the year!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your blog and reading about your beautiful cats! Speaking of weather, we just went through another severe weather alert on Groundhog Day. Parts of MS and AL had tornadoes again. Now we’re headed towards some freezing weather. Just the way it goes.

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  12. Little Voice says:

    Thank you for liking my post, and I’m thrilled to find your blog. I love your pictures, and what you do with the light. They are really magnificent. Look forward to following your blog.

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  13. Little Voice says:

    Thank you for following my blog.

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  14. Hi Leah, Beautiful photos. My cat Buddy has a blog, Foster Cat Chats, which I know you follow. You often like his posts and he appreciates each like. Every Thursday is Guest Post Thursday when Buddy invites other cats to share their stories. We are wondering if Bud would like to do a guest post some Thursday. It does not need to be long and photos are great. What do you think. Let us know. Buddy says Meow.

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    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos, Brenda! Bud and I would be honored to take part in Guest Post Thursday. Bud is very flattered and sends many meows to Buddy! We love the idea! Only thing is, we are just snowed under trying to get our book out while maybe doing one or two more posts, and with medical issues. So it would likely be as long as a month or two or more before we could do this. Would that be OK? I know a short post would be quick and easy for persons with full health to do, but for me it takes a longer time and a mind clear of other pressing matters. OTOH if things fall into place and I get some clear time, I might could do this sooner. If this is not OK with you that’s cool too; just let me know what you think and what works for you.

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  15. Ellen Hawley says:

    Amazing reflections!

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  16. Lovely water and leaf photos.
    My 2 cats love to watch falling leaves….leaves flutter down through the sky….rather like birds.
    In fact, I am pretty sure that my cats think that leaves are birds. They get so excited when they blow near the window!

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  17. Stunning photos with a beautifully written accompaniment. 🙂
    Here’s hoping you’ll check out my blog too at https://thewhimsicalandwanderingsoul.wordpress.com/

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  18. Judy says:

    The leaves and the reflected colors in the water and the vague ripples are kind of nicely impressionistic!! Pretty.

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  19. Charles Huss says:

    Those were very interesting photos.

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  21. momfawn says:

    Your photographs are wonderful (and thank you for including the frog, one of my favorite creatures). I’m so glad you stopped by Trigger’s Horse, as your visit led me back here. I hope the weather has calmed down for you now as spring draws nearer. Here in Central California we are having mid-70s with lots of sunshine. – Fawn

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind words, momfawn! Frogs have always been favorites with me also, since early childhood. I’m enjoying Trigger’s Horse and look forward to having more time to look around there. Sunny mid-70’s sounds so lovely! Unfortunately spring is actually the main tornado season, it’s just that this year, it never seem to stop. We’re having to watch another rain system on Tuesday, but there’s have a good chance this one will be under severe level. Yikers.
      Leah

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  22. Thank you for the, like, on “Muffin on guard for backyard Intruders.”

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  23. Claudia says:

    These images are wonderful! I especially like the rainbow of pinks and blues swirling together.

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  24. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful shots! I love your eye for color and abstract.
    Peace
    Mary

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  25. Thanks for the, like, on my, “What are you looking at”

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