Summer Always Slips Away: Forest Edition

Canopy complications

Canopy complications

I’m lost in hot, green, steamy woods. Messy leaf and pine needle tangles that bounce sun around. I don’t even know how I got here; which gaze pathway got me to which photo. I know I stood at some spot in the yard. But when I go back to search out exact views, I can’t always find them.

Pine and sweetgum jamboree

Pine and sweetgum jamboree

Everyone’s looking towards fall and Halloween. Not me. Summer is the only time of year the storms don’t usually spawn tornadoes. A few pack high winds and loads of lightning, though.

OK OK Bud, here you are, with your byline as Editor.

This post edited by: Bud, Editing Cat Extraordinaire

This post edited by: Bud, Editing Cat Extraordinaire

We’re getting close to completing our book project, but Bud cat still fumes every time I dash out because I see the exact glitter I’m looking for through the window. He who has the purest concentration and can lock his gaze on a bug or lizard or an Othercat paragraph, is sputtering, “Dang, girl! We feline editors take in six times the light as y’all humans do and we don’t get distracted every time that light brightens or flickers!”

Long and leafy forest views:

Southeastern sky and forest

Southeastern sky and forest

Birds and squirrels can make their way through

Birds and squirrels can make their way through

The piney edge almost looks like wall paper

The piney edge almost looks like wall paper

Extreme leafy calm

Extreme leafy calm

All of these pictures could use some tweaking in a photo editing program. I like the effects from that, but just can’t do it right now.

The pines are my favorites.

Pine dance

Pine dance

Evershine pine

Evershine pine

Afternoon

Afternoon

The curtain is falling.

Sweetgum in summer

Sweetgum in summer

We’ll see y’all later! Hopefully soon, with pictures of flowers and skies and birds from the summer that will leave us, eventually.

 

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38 Responses to Summer Always Slips Away: Forest Edition

  1. betunada says:

    all the photos are very good — but the 3rd one below the cat is VERRRRRY Escher-esque !

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  2. lulu says:

    I’m with you when it comes to hanging on to summer as long as possible. It’s a short season in Maine.

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    • Catwoods says:

      I always have a sad feeling when summer is ending but OTOH the light is turning more golden here. Those New England autumns always look so glorious; I’ve never seen one but I always see the spectacular photos!

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  3. Candace says:

    I’m afraid I’m one of those who relishes the idea of fall and Halloween. Here in Phoenix, Halloween is usually the point where we leave the heat behind for a few more months. I certainly hope you are tornado-free!

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    • Catwoods says:

      LOL Candace, I know I’m probably the only person, in any location, who is sorry to see summer go, even with the heat. We are tornado-free for now, but I’m worried about the places that saw tornadoes recently.

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  4. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Great photos!! Thanks for visiting me so loyally! xo

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  5. Deziz World says:

    Well you be lookin’ gawjus. What great fotos. Is dat really your backyard? What lush greenness and huge trees. Altho’ we have huge trees we would gladly get rid of, so we feel ya’ there. MOL Have a great weekend.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and I thank you, Dezi and Raena! That’s really our yard, the front yard actually. We decided a long time ago to live in the woods. There are lots of challenges, and lots of perks in terms of scenery. All the best!

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  6. Fabulous post, Bud πŸ˜‰

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  7. Sondra Moses says:

    I especially like Pine Dance and Pine and Sweetgum Jamboree! And The Bud, of course!

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  8. Claudia says:

    I really like the photos! I have been taking nature photos lately myself, and am amazed at the angles and details revealed by photos. I am not a photographer by trade, but I do know how to work Photoshop and even the enhancements on my phone. But I prefer not to. I’d rather see if I can take the perfect picture with the light and angle at hand. You did a marvelous job.

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  9. catsworking says:

    Your photos, as always, are stunningly beautiful. They are the highlight of my day. I’m so glad I found your blog.

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  10. chattykerry says:

    Lovely shots, Leah. I love the new growth on the pine trees, too. This summer has been too wet for me to truly enjoy it. K x

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  11. angela1313 says:

    Bud is adorable. Cats are masters of concentration only rivalled by Tibetan lamas but those leaf photos made me very glad you were distracted. Just beautiful.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and I thank you, angela1313; and he says you are so right about the feline powers of focus! Thank you for your kind words about the photos, I’m glad you enjoyed them!

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  12. Lauren says:

    What beautiful summer foliage. . .it actually reminds me of my childhood home in upstate New York.
    Bud looks very assured and up on his game.
    Good to see you posting!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Lauren, I’m glad you like the pictures! I have been ultra busy lately but now have a bit of break for a few days …
      The forest looks similar in Virginia and Maryland to me. I’ve never spent much time from New York and father north but I did see the New England forest from a moving train once. All very similar except for the birch trees with white bark, which we don’t have here. Very lovely woods up that way! Bud says hey!

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      • Lauren says:

        Effie heys back!

        Yes, birches are a lovely accent to the Upstate NY woods–re, Robert Frost, “One could do worse than to be a swinger of birches.” We had white pine and at least a couple of other pine varieties–some were intriguingly gnarly.

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        • Catwoods says:

          Lauren, I think we have longleaf pine, but don’t hold me to that as pine identification can be perplexing!

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          • Lauren says:

            No worries; my childhood memory isn’t that trustworthy either. I remember being told we had white pines, and which trees they were, because my Dad showed them to me in our yard and I learned where they were, and so I could identify them by their locations in our yard. But I couldn’t go into the woods and tell you, “This is a white pine!” I’m just not that visual!

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  13. - says:

    Ah, lovely photos Leah! Just looking at them makes me yearn to get back to our cabin in the woods (actually, we’re going there soon). I”m so glad to hear you’re getting closer on your book–what great news! And glad to see you’re still blogging. I deleted my blog. It made me really sad to do so, but I just had to take myself out of the blogosphere once and for all so I could get some of my other writing done. I’m also working on a grant to teach nature writing at a cool site where Gene Stratton-Porter once lived–have you ever heard of her? She was an amazing woman. Well, I’ll keep in touch. I’ll be reading your blog as you post. Give a big hug to Bud for me πŸ™‚

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    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so glad you liked the photos! I completely understand about the time drain, but I’m sad about your blog being gone, I always enjoyed it so much! You are such an adventurous and exciting writer! You will be perfect for teaching nature writing. I had never heard of Gene Stratton-Porter until you mentioned her to me in another comment somewhere. I’m looking forward to reading her when time opens up. Please do keep in touch – I still have your email although I haven’t been good about corresponding with anyone. Let me know whenever something you write is published. Spend lots of refreshing time in the woods, and hug that C-dog and those kitties for me, too. Bud says, hey!

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  14. weggieboy says:

    I enjoyed the lovely leaf shots!

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  15. Cute editing cat! πŸ™‚ … and i’m glad he’s not in Shrodinger’s Box! πŸ™‚

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