Fall 2017: Creek and Cat, Part 1

Breath taken upon arrival

Fall is moving in fits and starts this year. It’s like we hardly noticed masses of color  crinkling and dropping off the trees, fast. But a few mature bright patches still linger around us, while farther up the road, we see panoramas of newly minted reds, yellows, and oranges. Greens too, they’re still out and about. These photos were taken November 11, 2017 and are unedited. Except the cat picture from August, which I did tinker with.

Wait, there’s more

There’s a tree on the opposite bank, a Sweetgum with two trunks that fused together and then diverged. Beavers have chomped away on the base near ground level. This double tree casts large shadows into the creek at the point where the rapids increase. Those shadows change with the shifting of sun slants, currents, water volumes, canopy leaf loads. The varying shapes might look humanoid at times, though not always.

Emerging shapes that can be anything

Here comes one of those shadows!

I can prove it’s autumn

Evidence of fall, of leaves turned color and shed.

Smart Little Ultraviolet Girl

“The color’s off in those pictures, there’s not enough ultraviolet. You can’t tell because you don’t see into the ultraviolet but I do.” So says Ultraviolet, the cat with a flair for editing. And science, up to a point.

The large leaf is Broadleaf Magnolia

“Um …”

Leaves jam and sparkle

“I heard y’all go out, and then crunch leaves all the way to the creek. I should’ve been taken along. Y’all needed more Ultraviolet, not less, and I needed a drink of that creekwater.”

Leaf pack examination

“Sweetie, your presence doesn’t increase ambient UV radiation. You know that. Nice try, though.”

Hanging in there

“Yeah, I know. But you’re always saying you don’t have the best light to photograph me in the house. The answer is at our doorstep, take me outside and I’ll outshine any leaf or tree or creek. You won’t have to edit pics of me!”

As currents go by

“You’re already prettier than any scenery, no matter how low the light.”

Close Travels

“I am! Purrrrrrrrrrr. Ya know, the creek is a perfect backdrop for a black cat like me, it would bring out all my red highlights and dark depths, I’d look so fetching out there, I would light the place up. Best thing you could do for your website.”

The light from one red leaf goes out to play in the water:

Where are we?

“That’s a great idea, maybe one day I’ll learn how to photo edit you into the creek pictures.”

This scene hasn’t been seen before

“Whoa!? I meant I need to actually smack that water with a paw. You wouldn’t be able to  match the lighting on the creek with the lighting on me in editing. This needs to be paws on!”

Talented ripples and swirls

“I hear more yipping coyotes out there than ever this year, sweetheart. What do you say, I’ll scritch and you purr?”

Dancing by the banks

“Puurrrrrr. This discussion isn’t over though, puurrrrrrrrr.”

Back around the house, those trees!

Lofty tangles

Trees always know what they’re doing

“Puuuurrrrrr. Not over. Puuuurrrrrr.”


About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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59 Responses to Fall 2017: Creek and Cat, Part 1

  1. Aman Thakur says:


  2. Water was looking really trippy at the end there.

  3. cat9984 says:

    Ultraviolet – as much as you might add to the photographs, it’s not worth seeing a coyote. They’re like dogs with bigger teeth and worse manners

  4. catlovelypet says:

    I especially like that image “Dancing by the banks” wow! nice. Miss a fall!!
    Happy crismuts!!!

  5. Candace says:

    Maybe Ultraviolet needs a “walking Jacket.” I used to walk one of my cats in one and I have a friend who walks her cat daily in a different sort of harness, not sure what kind, but her cat loves it.

    • Catwoods says:

      That’s a really good idea, Candace, I’ve seen those pictures of cats in those walking jackets. They do look very secure. I might try it sometimes when we aren’t as rushed and when the weather improves. It’s been brrrrrrr, really cold here for awhile, and will continue for some time. That’s unusual weather for us.

  6. Deziz World says:

    MeOW Dat is so gawjus. Not nearly as gawjus as you tho’. What scenery you have. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

    • Catwoods says:

      Ultraviolet and I says thanks so much Dezi and Raena! You are both beautiful kitties! I do love a creek! Hugs and best wishes in return!

  7. Gorgeoua! You are beyond a good photographer….your pictures are both descriptive and mysterious. Loved them.


  8. claire says:

    Reblogged this on Song Bird Songs and commented:
    Such amazing pictures! I also love reflections and colour but could never captivate the essence like these.

  9. claire says:

    Such amazing pictures!

  10. DS Levy says:

    You know, Leah, not only do I always enjoy looking/gazing at your wonderful photographs, but I love just as much reading your words about your photos! Once again, both photos and words have transported me down south. And of course, UV is an excellent tour guide 😉 [Hope you’re having a nice autumn-into-winter! First major snow predicted for our area this Saturday … we’ll see :)]

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Deb UV and I are so glad you enjoyed the pictures and the cat/human “conversation”. It’s lots of fun to write and I figure I must have fun doing this or else why bother? Yikes at the snow! Although we’ve been through some big snow storms here occasionally in the past, I’m not eager for another one. However, strangely enough we are supposed to have light snow tomorrow, Friday. They are saying one fourth inch for now but that could vary! Eek! That’s enough to make it hard to get out to the highway so we must prepare today. So I have my hopes and wishes up that you and your household will come through the snow Saturday OK!

      • DS Levy says:

        Hi, Leah! Wishing you a sunny and warm Sunday! I’m just now catching up with my email, WP, FB, etc. Been kind of a hectic week around here. My husband is retiring in 12 days and oh my, the parties! LOL On top of it all, SNOW! Well, today it’s melting, which is good, except that now the stuff is slippery underfoot. I’m doing research on seizures of late. Charlie’s had several lately and I’d really like to keep him off meds, if possible (the meds are really hard on the liver). These fur babies — they do keep me worrying! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! Hard to believe it’s that time again. 🙂 Ah, how time marches forward. LOL Well, I’ll talk to you soon. Just wanted to let you know I got your WP message and that I’m enjoying your posts.

        • Catwoods says:

          Hey Deb, back atcha on warm and sunny! It is sunny here, but not warm, it’s been bitter cold. I know how slippery the snow gets when it melts so be careful out there! We did get about two inches (way more than the predicted one fourth inch) here and as much as 6 inches in some parts of AL! Fb was full of snow pics, I took a few but it was too cold out for me, and I only unload pics at the end of every month. Anyhoo I was thinking of turning off the snow on this website because it seemed unreal but turns out, it’s not! Congratulations to your husband on retirement and on service to our country! I do hope you can find the right balance for Charlie for the seizures, I know that’s awfully hard and I know how harrowing it is when a furkid has a medical condition. I am in no way prepared for the holidays and am a bit under the weather so time is on my heels for sure! Catch ya later!

          • DS Levy says:

            Leah, stay warm, enjoy the holidays, and (I say) look at the pretty snow (but don’t necessarily get out in it, LOL). Seriously though, have a great holiday season. I’ll be writing you an email soon. This month has been crazy, especially as I learn to weave a “new” routine with my husband under-roof 24-7, LOL. It’s all good, as they say. 🙂 Supposed to have lake effect snow here today but so far all I see is a light dusting of the stuff — which is just fine. Take care and talk to you soon!

            • Catwoods says:

              Well, our snow all melted the next day and it’s not likely we’ll get more. (Now that I’ve said that, watch us get another snow event!) Bitter cold remains, ugh. Uncommon here for such a stretch. Know what you mean about adjusting schedules of two people in the house all day and the temptation is to talk and have a good time but then there is work to be done too. Well, we are all happy today because we have elected the guy we wanted to the Senate! Take care with any snow you get, it’s wonderful to watch it, but if you have to go somewhere for food and supplies it can be such a pain!

  11. Pazlo says:

    A nice hike along the creek, thanks for bringing us along.
    Love the cat-chat!

    Seek peace,


  12. Kim says:

    Just fabulous!! Those trees are breathtaking! Ultraviolet is one cool 🐈

  13. RMW says:

    Lovely photos, Leah, enjoyed them. But they do need a little more Ultraviolet!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Cate says:

    I especially like images 12-15 — the swirl in the water is mesmerizing!

  15. catsworking says:

    As always, your photographs are mesmerizing. I could stare at the colors in the swirling water all day. Simple nature, yet it seems like the most sophisticated abstract art. Your talent with a camera is awesome.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind words, catsworking! My photos aren’t technically advanced, I just have access to amazing scenery and I was a painter so I look for painting like effects.

  16. Beautiful autumn (still officially autumn) photos. Creeks around here all been rising. Coyote went up on a porch yesterday and attacked a four year old girl. Minor injuries. Not safe for cats or children! Hope Ultraviolet stays safe inside. It is warmer there anyway.

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m happy you like the photos, greg, thank you. That’s terrible about the coyote attacking the child! Poor kid! Unfortunately Ultraviolet is very interested in the door, and we now have to take precautions to keep her from going through when we go in and out. We certainly won’t let her out on purpose. I feel bad because she was living outside when we adopted her and she’s used to going as she pleases, but it’s just too dangerous. She won’t stop talking about it though. I aspire one day to have a sturdy catio for her, other pressing matters mean it will be awhile. I’ve been admiring the catio your cats have, as well as your cats, or course!

    • Pazlo says:

      Not the top expert on the subject or anything, but it is rather unusual to have a coyote-human encounter. Good chance it was rabid, or otherwise delirious, possibly from starvation, illness or injury. Perhaps the child had a sandwich with her, or smelled like the kitchen.

      • The child and her father were on their front porch putting up Christmas decorations, when the coyote sneaked up behind the girl and grabbed her. Her father got it off. No word about rabies testing, etc. I am an animal lover, but I draw the line at the neighborhood coyote packs.

        • Catwoods says:

          To reply to both Paz and Greg, rabies is always a possibility in any attack by an animal. Laws vary but if it’s a wild animal most places do test if the biting animal is available for testing. If unavailable sometimes the person has to do post-exposure prophylaxis. I have heard coyote attacks are becoming more common, and I know of an instance in my state, from a reliable person, of two coyotes stalking an elderly woman. They often hunt in twos so that appears to have been a case of routine hunting behavior. Coyotes are generally said to be losing their fear of humans as they move into more suburban and urban areas. It’s a heart-wrenching situation for me as I am in sympathy with the wild things but I also like every human and all pets to be safe. Coyotes are really smart and really adaptable. So it’s an evolving situation and I don’t know what the answers are. I do feel that anyone who lives in an area where coyotes have been seen – and that may include cities now (!) – needs to be really wary in general and perhaps review information as to how to ward off an attack; and, take measures to guard their pets.

          • Pazlo says:

            Wow! The things you learn at the Porch Party!
            Sounds like an urban encroachment thing as you describe.
            I suppose we’re accustomed to them out here in the sticks.
            Must be there are enough rabbits and moles and weasels to keep them fed.
            I’ve caught coyotes on my trail camera, as well as bobcat.

            Thanks for the enlightenment,


            • Catwoods says:

              LOL, come on out and set a spell any time, Paz! We’ve lived in the forest for 33 years and so far have detente with coyotes. I’ve seen only 3 over that time, but hear them often. I’m convinced their population has increased greatly. I do try to keep up with solid science as well as reliable anecdotes about the animals out there. From curiosity, the need-to-know facts of living with animals around, and to keep up with current knowledge because I wrote a book based on these experiences that I’m trying to publish. We used to see foxes, possums, and raccoons, but never a bobcat. So cool that you saw one on the camera, I would love to! We’ve never set up a trail camera to see wildlife, due to life being so hectic. We really should try that!

              • Pazlo says:

                Yes, we hear the coyotes “singing” often, sometimes quite close.
                I’ve only met one face-to-face on the trail.
                I’ve seen the bobcat’s butt disappearing into the brush a couple of times, but the trail camera was the first time I could see the whole thing.
                Waiting for pix of the black bear!
                I highly recommend a trail cam. Lots of fun. Mine is made by Wild Game Innovations, and is nothing too fancy, costing about $40 (plus an SD card).

                Best regards,


  17. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are lovely autumn photos of your area, and of course, Ultraviolet the kitty too!

  18. toutparmoi says:

    What lovely photos. Even without Ultraviolet’s aid, the colours are remarkable. But from her point of view maybe at the wrong end of the spectrum?

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you tourparmoi, I am happy you enjoyed the photos! Hahaha you are so right, the rest of the spectrum does not impress Ultraviolet!

  19. niasunset says:

    Wonderful post, and amazing photographs, dear Leah! Fascinated me the colours of autumn in your photographs. But I know, you have a great assistant there and lovely one too 🙂 Thank you for this beautiful morning visit (for me and my first post that I visited today), Have a nice day and new week and yes, Winter days too… Blessing and Happiness to you both, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for such kind words, Nia, Ultraviolet and I appreciate it! I do love fall colors and they are mostly gone now, but there is still beauty about. It’s so fascinating to me that as day and night travel around the earth you are just now beginning your day and I am about to go to sleep – I stay up late for my time zone – and get up late. I look forward to your beautiful posts every day and I have already visited your first ones, I will catch the rest tomorrow afternoon! Have a wonderful day and all the best of everything to you, always, with love, Leah

      • niasunset says:

        Dear Leah, I know, you are one of my beautiful readers and also blogger friends. Thank you, it is always great pleasure to share with you and to know that you enjoy. You know I am crazy with cats, 🙂 Welcome dear Leah, Have a nice sleep, love, nia

        • Catwoods says:

          Thanks Nia, I too love cats and I love the way you photograph them, you truly capture so many of their ways and their stories. I enjoy all your other pictures too!

  20. Lauren says:

    The colors, the colors, Leah! These photos are gorgeous, and so is your companion purrrson.

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