We walked through the forest down to the creek in glaring sunlight and, yowie, it looks like Les Fauves have been there, painting over parts of our fall creek scenery. We spooked ’em, they must have dropped loaded brushes and palettes full of paint into the water before vanishing from plein air into thin air. All the great colorists throughout history; Matisse, Derain, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Gauguin, to name a few.
Kidding! A big sunsmack did this, on the magic reflecting creek at low water. Roaring rays packing color. All increments and permutations are contained in raw sunlight. Those riffles in the foliage and water, those shifting shadows, the clattering dry leaves? Only a light breeze, and frogs. No one, no ghosts, are here.
Working together at the house, Bud the Editing Cat’s got something to say, “Those wild beasts are out there, I hear them and smell them. Just because you have sub-feline sensing mechanisms doesn’t mean the woods aren’t full of beasts.”
“You don’t understand, I mean painters …”
In the southeast US ‘painters’ and ‘panthers’ are old terms for mountain lions. The big cats are now generally thought to be absent here.
“Well, never mind. Umm, when did you learn French?”
Blink blink purrrr. His usual answer.
“And what do you know about panthers? They were around before your time.”
Blink blink purrrr.
Bud seems to be an all-knowing old soul.
The hues are quieter around Leaf Jam Island.
There is no photo editing on the creek and forest pictures, but I did enhance Bud’s pic. As chief editor of both word and photo editing, he wasn’t too pleased. During the process he meowed, “Whoa! Such a lead foot on the color pedal! Trying to get back to the 60s, are ya?”
“Well I made sure you still look like an earth-toned chocolate panther with green eyes. And yeah, maybe I am. Just how do you know about the 60s? You were a kitten in 2001.”
Blink blink purrrr.
Where Bud and I sit, edit, and discuss, autumn seeps slowly into the trees standing just outside the house in the gold October light:
“And how could I see a mouse move through that mess of color? That’s just not realistic. It’s chromatic dissonance.”
“How do you know? You have two-color vision! It’s my understanding everything’s there in the photos, a recorded impression of a tonal continuum. You don’t see it until you play with brights, darks, color, and saturation in photo editing.” I try to explain.
“Dang, girl, I know all that. Let’s get back to reality. I still say there’s something or someone out there.”
“Just purr, Buddy.” This time I’m the one going blink blink.
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Such creativity put into this work of art!
Thank you, The Thrifty Campers, I’m glad you enjoyed the post!
Thanks for sharing!
Most welcome and stay chipper. Bud is with us in spirit and he will be so proud to know he is an icon now, in art. Garfield hugs 🐾🐾💕💕
Really great photos and the colors….almost impressionistic like Monet😃
Thank you Garfield Hug, I appreciate your kind words!
Roxie loves the photo edit of Bud and wants me to try todo a similar rendition of her. I love every photo and think they would make a marvelous art exhibit. Well done! And a big Meowy Wowwy from Roxie D.
Thank you so much Claremary, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! Hmmm, art exhibit is an interesting idea, for the future, we will think about that. Bud sends Roxie D. many meows in return! I’m a real novice in photo editing, I’m a painter unable to paint due to medical issues and photo stuff is all new to me. I think I did this Bud picture mainly in the curves – and I’m working in an ancient photoshop program, but I think the newer ones do similar stuff – anyway, I did increase the green of his eyes, and his brown fur color, first, and then went off the rails with curves and grabbed the wildest colors that came up. Bud and I would love to see what you come up with when you edit a picture of Roxie D.!
In the December, Christmas blog post, I used an App called Brushstroke. I like this particular App and use it quite a bit. It’s really easy, too.
Roxie is happy tonight because she got to do the post for this week. She’s an egomaniac of the highest degree and doesn’t try to hide it.
I went back and looked at your Christmas post, wow, really beautiful pictures! Interesting effects from the Brushstroke app. LOL about Roxie, I know about those strong-willed cats … I thought Roxie did very well with her post!
She loves to be recognized for her amazing writing abilities among many other things. I will pass the word to her. I thought you might be interested in the technique for creating these photo effects.
I am indeed interested in the technique, thank you for telling me about it! I will definitely try it when I get back to photo editing. Photos and further posts probably, are on the back burner while Bud and I focus on getting the editing and other labor intensive tasks done on my book, so I can publish it. I have very little energetic time per day due to illness, and Bud, well, as a cat, he has to have frequent sleep breaks, LOL. Bud is very impressed with Roxie’s post, BTW, and is using it to further his case for moving beyond editing and taking over more of the writing in this house.
Do not let Bud take over. If he is anything like Roxie, you will never get control again! My best to you with all that work. I am at the end of getting 2 books published and beginning on my newest projects. I empathize!
Wishing you the best with all your projects also!
I love your work and commentary so much…gotta show Graham Townsend…
Thank you so much, Patti, I’m happy you enjoyed my pictures and the kidding around with my kitty! I’d love to know what Graham thinks. These are mostly for fun, I have to do some real work for awhile, then come back to this.
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Definitely looks like a small French painter was hiding in your camera!
LOL Thanks Greg!
Wow, so much beauty in a sudden shaft of sunlight. Makes me realise what a transitory thing existence is. A continuum of transition, if that makes any sense. Bud rocks!
Bud and I thank you and we’re glad you enjoyed our post! I think your description of existence is spot on! Being mostly in one place, I get to watch the light change everything hourly, daily, seasonally. I’m about to post some pictures taken at the creek 11 days after these, in slightly lower light.
I’m really enjoying seeing all of your work on your site, especially when I get to view the landscapes and the way you reveal them through art.
Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to seeing your photographs. You work reminds me of Monet who would paint the same place many times over, capturing the fleeting changes wrought by the light.
Thank you Rosie, I love Monet! I was a painter and mixed media artist but I now have a neuropathic condition that interferes with that. So I take pictures … I don’t know much about photography so I just have fun with it.
Thanks for the, like, on, That Apprehensive Blue Jay, at Elm Drive Images.
The pics are so beautiful and “otherworldy.” And they do remind me of Fauvist paintings!
Thank you Chandra Lynn, for your kind words! All best wishes going out to you for the New Year!
What beautiful photographs, Leah! My gosh, your camera is an art box capturing nature in all its glory. Really, so beautiful. And of course Bud — he always looks handsome. 😺 Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! (Sending an email soon.) 😉
Thanks so much, you are very kind; I’m just fortunate to have scenes there in front of me for the taking! Budster is very happy that you think he’s handsome! Wishing you all happiness in the New Year! No worries on email, I don’t answer things quickly myself and it should always be when and if the right time occurs. I’ll soon be mostly vanishing to work on the book. (But I may do one more creek post here first.)
You have a good eye to see the beauty, and a steady hand to capture it in the photos!
Thank you so much, migrantthoughts, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures!
Merry Christmas, Leah!
A very Merry Christmas to you Kerry, and a Happy New Year!
Wow, this is a beautiful post.Excellent photographs Hugs. Barbara
Barbara, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures!
I really did. Have a good holiday. Hugs, Barbara
Thank you Barbara! Wishing you Happy Holidays also, with many hugs back atcha, Leah
The one picture called Rapids exit reminds me vaguely of Monet’s “Water Lilies”.
I love your story 🙂 It was so cute.
Cats are cute and funny creatures. You never know what they will do next. So, they always keep you on your toes! And make you smile and love them.
Thank you, stillwatersrundark, I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I think of Monet too when I’m at the creek. Nice description of kitties, and quite true!
Bud’s portrait glows in the dark! Intrigued by the idea of panthers wandering the paths. Lovely fauvist photo/paintings.
Bud and I thank you for your kind words, RMW. I enjoy the thought of panthers although I don’t think they are really out there. However, Bud does actually know more than I do about what may be prowling around outside!
Great post and *wonderful* images!! 😀
Thank you Kathryn, Bud and I are happy you like the post!
Those are some pretty pictures.
Charles, thank you! Bud and I are happy you like the pictures!
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One of the most prolific artists of all time nature! These stunning images were captured by another prolific artist our dear friend Catwoods. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images with us Cat!
Thank you Joe, Bud and I appreciate you sharing this! I’m happy you like the pictures!
Beautiful pictures and here’s a Blink blink and Purr Purr for that colorful Bud painting 🙂 Pawkisses for a Loving Day 🙂 ❤
Bud and I thank you, angels whisper 2011, we are happy you enjoyed the pictures! All best wishes, purrs and blinks in greetings, in return!
Impressionist Panthers paw lingering light in pools of of photographic remembrances that purr ripples amongst the leaves. Lovely compositions in this sequence. Delightful post. 🙂
Thank you so much, elmediat, I’m so happy you liked the photos, and I love your description! I enjoy your pictures and words every day.
I love these photos. You have quite the eye.
Thank you so much for commenting and for your kind words! I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos!
So darn gorgeous!
Mary, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m happy you enjoyed the photos!
Thank you for your kind words, Pazlo, I’m happy you enjoyed the photos! Yep, Bud and I know Florida Panthers are there alright, and Bud knows Florida is not so far . . . We too are hoping they can hang on.
Happy Thanksgiving in return!
Lovely pics, such great colors and surreal effects, reflected in moving waters.
There are still panthers in Florida. Their existence is quite threatened, but a number of organizations are working hard to help them maintain a foothold in their natural territory. Let’s hope we don’t lose another beautiful species during our time.
Beautiful photographs – I love the fall light. Happy Thanksgiving, Leah!
Happy Thanksgiving to you also, Kerry! I’m happy that your enjoyed the pictures! The light should get all the credit, it has been extra bright this year!
Loved the colors, the reverie on the painters and especially this turn of phrase:” … plein air into thin air. ” A pleasure to read and look at. Thank you!
Cate, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m very glad to know that you liked the pictures! I always enjoy your posts!
As always I love seeing your beautiful photos Leah. Bee Branch is such a special place. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Cathy, it makes me very happy to know you enjoyed the pictures!
Bud and I thank you, veg4life!
Absolutely gorgeous colors! I love each one as much as the one before. You have quite an eye — the heartening colors of nature.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Claudia! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. I find that colorful scenes of nature cheer me up immensely.
Well you be lookin’ quite gawjus. And those are some very purretty fotos. But what happened to da big cats? We’ve still got ’em here. Let me tell ya’ they hang out in da woods behind our ‘pawrtment, and sometimes they even come up and peek in windows or knock on doors beggin’ fur food. Big hugs to all.
Dezi and Raena
Bud and I thank you Dezi and Raena! As for big cats, really big cats like panthers, someone says they see one around here every now and then. We’re not sure but there will be more about that if I ever get my book out, LOL. Best regards!
Humans keep encroachin’ on their territory. Dat’s why we have some who come up to da ‘pawrtments. Ya’ know, we moned into their house, not da other way ’round. Mommy says as long as we stay inside, they can’t and won’t hurt us, and they stay hidden in da woods durin’ da day.
Dezi and Raena
I agree, we have moved into the wild creatures’ homes, and I feel for them. Glad you all are staying safe.
We have big cats around here. I have been around a few. Not intentionally of course! In a few states. Creepy feeling, especially when you can hear them walking close by and in the dark! One I could see…he seemed to take a bit too much interest in me for my taste…( no pun intended. .lol )
Yikes, that is scary, and I’m sure you know what experts advise if you encounter the big cats, making yourself appear bigger, backing away slowly, etc. We have fortunately heard of no encounters for many years around here. Bud and I are mainly shooting the breeze, and his imagination runs wild. What he hears outside is more likely to be possums, raccoons, and deer.
I don’t like going out after dark. I can’t see anything, but i can sure feel them, or something looking at me. One of those creepy feelings i get.
Daytime I am not so afraid.
Beautiful all round, pictures, words and top notch feline editing. Purrrrr. Made my day stuck indoors from the cold.
Thank you Angela, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I hear you about the cold. Although it was a warm day in October when these photos were shot, we are having some very cold temperatures now!
Wow! Those hues and colors are incredible! 🙂
Thank you Tom! I’m happy you enjoyed our creek!