Tweaked Creek Ruffles Ultraviolet Cat

What do we have here?

These photos were taken on the creek last year in spring. I messed with ’em in editing. Taken on several afternoons, now they mainly just look darker, making the colors richer but damping down the springy brightness.

Ultraviolet getting into the fantastic

Ultraviolet Cat, our furry little light meter, says, “Whatever have you done with the creek! That light just ain’t quite right. Hey I’m a poet and didn’t know it.”

“I went to the creek, to tinker and tweak.”

Shallows and depths

“You worked a sea-change with the creek.”

Sweet water in the light of February

“So you’ve been getting into my old Shakespeare book just like Bud did?”

“Well, yeah, but I also slipped into a Survey of British Lit class at the University. No one heard me, no humans knew I was there.”


“You’re an educated animal.”

“I don’t miss much. I know you petted Shelley yesterday, I smelled her when you came back, snort, huff! Along with new grass and flowers – dandelions, redtips, crabapple trees.”

Spring in mind, but . . .

(Shelley is our friend’s cat.) “I petted you too−”

“There was no one to pet me while y’all were gone to Shelley’s! Boo phssssst!”

We can go lighter:

Are we there yet?

“I could so hunt in those dark pictures, but does the creek even look that way at night? So long as the water still smells fresh and sunny I want to go down there and drink from it.”

We can go darker!

Gulp again!

“Even better for hunting!”

“Say, what did you do with your gray mousie after you found it several days ago? And did you ever find your blue mousie?”

“Ain’t studyin’ mice, I’m all about water today. And you need to study light in pictures more.”

Ultraviolet and her glorious tail

“Yeah I know that Kitten, and I will, after I finish the book work. Meanwhile this is for fun.”

“I’m sleepy now, but I’ll expect creekwater when I wake up.”

Happy Spring!

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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55 Responses to Tweaked Creek Ruffles Ultraviolet Cat

  1. I am excited to learn about another cat-poet, aside from Tricks. I hope you will share more of these sublime feline verses.

    • Catwoods says:

      Ultraviolet is very flattered by your comment! Tricks is one of her favorites and she feel honored to be mentioned alongside of her! We both thank you so much! I will post more from time to time, I just don’t work very fast due to health conditions. So I usually only post about every two months.
      I tried to ‘like’ your comment and today that function doesn’t seem to be working. Will try later!

  2. niasunset says:

    Good Morning dear Leah, how are you and all? I just wanted to say hi to you, soon I will be flying to Baku for my grandsons. This week will be very busy days for me. Thank you for your visits be sure I miss you, have a nice day and new week, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Hi Nia, good to hear from you! I appreciate you stopping by to see how things are going. As usual everything is hectic and busy for me, my head is spinning trying to keep up, lol. I’m happy you will get to see your grandsons soon! Have a great trip and a fun visit with your family! It’s a pleasure to visit your site and see all your beautiful photos every day. Love and good wishes always, Leah

  3. felineopines says:

    Meowza! Those are some fabulous photos of Ultraviolet! Them males in the Tribe of Five just meowed, “hubba, hubba”.
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    Lily and Jasmine

    • Catwoods says:

      Hahahaha thank you felineopines and Lily and Jasmine, Ultraviolet and I needed that laugh today! But seriously, UV is trying to get some time on the computer so she can have a look at those boys in the Tribe of Five!

  4. chattykerry says:

    I love the shot of Ultra Violet – she looks very regal!

  5. Love those water shots!

  6. cat9984 says:

    Ultraviolet is living up to her name as an expert on lighting and an artistic editor.

  7. Romeo says:

    congratz you´ve been nominated in to The Sunshine Blogger Award

    • Catwoods says:

      Romeo congratulations on your award and thank you so much for nominating us! Ultraviolet and I are honored by this nomination. I’m so sorry I am unable to fulfill the obligations of the award at this time. Life is complicated right now. To top off our hectic schedule, severe weather is expected and that may knock us off the computer for awhile.

  8. Stopped by to bring Pawkisses for a Happy St. Patrick’s Day🐾😚😻

  9. RMW says:

    Beautiful Ultraviolet portraits.

  10. Valentine says:

    Oh, Miss Ultraviolet is as beautiful as her name suggests and she’s a chat noir like me! Winky winks! Your photographs are amazing Catwoods! I don’t get to go outside like you and Miss Ultraviolet do, so it is wonderful to glimpse nature how you see her. Purrs.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Valentine, UV is happy to hear from another chat noir! Happy you like the pictures, they are lots of fun to do. Unfortunately Miss Ultraviolet doesn’t actually get to go outside right now, she just remembers it from when she was living there, and talks about it a lot. One day we aspire to have a catio so she can enjoy some of the outdoors. Purrs indeed going out to you, she is rumbling away here as we work on the computer, I wish you could hear it!

  11. Romeo says:

    hi Catwoods! Congratz you´ve been nominated in The Brotherhood Of The World Bloggers Award. have a nice day 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Romeo, thank you so much, I’m very flattered by your nomination but I will be unable to fulfill the requirements at this time. I’m very pleased to see your blog and I look forward to checking it out more! A very nice day back atcha, and purrs and meows!

  12. - says:

    Hello, Leah! I never forget your posts—I’m just sometimes late in responding. But I never want to miss one because they’re so enchanting and restorative (Buddha-like). I’m lovin’ the photos here and how you’re artfully playing with them. That one photo, of UV, looks just like an oil painting! And the water, and the way light plays with it—amazing! Your photos really do make me want to go to our lake, or a pond, or creek, and just stand there and observe. Look, look, look—that’s what your photos and posts make me want to do for myself. And I must add that I love the talking UV! Your prose reminds me so much of Mary Oliver (I love her) and her conversations with animals. I wish more people would allow themselves to think like animals, see their point of view. Our planet might be in a lot better shape. Well, I’ll sign off for now. Hoping you’re seeing signs of spring down your way. We’re in the northern woods—where it snowed yesterday and today (Enough already! I say, LOL). Again, I thoroughly enjoyed your post 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Hi – , always a pleasure to hear from you! Your kind comment really gave me a lift last night when I needed it. I’m glad the post makes you want to observe nature and just relax, chill out, party! I’m always for that! I’m glad also that you like UV’s imagined human-style voice; I’ve had lots of fun since the cats started talking back. We do have early bloomers here, and also slightly sub-freezing nights and brrrr mornings. The flowers might be killed off by the freezes. I shouldn’t complain since others are getting snow! Sometimes memes are funny, I like “Winter, you’re drunk, go home!” I just think everyone’s ready for spring now. Probably there’s more spring in town where it’s warmer than here. I haven’t gone anywhere because I am still stuck with going over every inch of the book and references, doing light revision, and making sure spaces are right and endnotes all match and I just found a place where the numbering was off, yikers. Anyhoo I’m happy you are getting to spend time in the woods even if winter is hanging on.

      • - says:

        Hi, Leah! Well, I was wrong — deleting my FB account also took out my Messenger. I’d intended to keep in touch with folks that way. Well, I do know how to stay in contact other ways, like via WordPress and email (I think you have my email, right?). But did want to tell you that I have a “new” website/blog at I’m mostly using it to update my publishing links, but from time to time (mostly when I’m frustrated with my writing, LOL) I’ll do a blog post. Hope your writing project is going well! I’ll write more soon but just wanted to let you know that I’m back in the WP world. 😊 Deb

        • Catwoods says:

          I’m glad to know you’re back to writing on WP Deb, in fact I just quickly read your posts and followed your site! I do have your email and have thought of writing you but haven’t gotten around to it, one thing after another here. Project is moving along but now I’m stuck on a formatting thingie. Will let you know more later, all the best, Leah

  13. Lovely pictures ❤ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend and a Happy Spring 🙂 ❤

  14. claire says:

    Wow! Love these pictures! Your art background really shows in the editing!

  15. Candace says:

    I suppose you could bring her back a nice bucket of creek water to dip her paws and tongue in. My cats always prefer dirty water to nice, clean water…not that your creek has dirty water 🙂 but different than a bowl, for sure.

    • Catwoods says:

      Our kitties have always darted to the nearest puddle during supervised outings so I’m pretty sure UV would like any water not from the tap. She was living outside when we took her in so she’s probably accustomed to outdoor water. Rainwater may be OK; maybe one day we can test the creek water and know just what’s in it and whether she can have some.

  16. Sondra says:

    Love your creek reflections always and UV kitty on blanket looks like a lovely painting!
    Glad you had fun doing these too.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Sondra, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures. It is fun for me when these photos start to look like paintings because I’d really rather paint if I could!

  17. toutparmoi says:

    I love Ultraviolet’s heavy-lidded gaze. And her tail is really something.
    Those pale swirling colours in the creek look like they’re straight out of an Impressionist painting.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, toutparmoi, Ultraviolet and I appreciate your kind words! Her eyes and tail and so much else about her fascinate me, too. She sends purrs your way! The creek really does astonishing things with the colors, and I just grab some along the way.

  18. Cate says:

    Please tell Ultraviolet she looks smashing in the portrait of her against the brightly colored backdrop, even if it is altered in editing. 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Ultraviolet is really pleased with your comment and sends purrs, Cate! It does take a lot of editing to make her stand out, the indoor light isn’t too great here so the pictures end up looking a tad unreal. But I have fun doing it!

  19. We enjoy UV’s running commentary. The creek does seem to have quite a palette of colours in it. Drinking creek water? If it is running then maybe.

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m happy you like the post, Greg! UV won’t get to go outside and drink creek water (we wouldn’t drink it either), but she won’t stop talking about it. I always try to change the subject but LOL she always changes it right back.

  20. niasunset says:

    WOW! Seems that your super visor is great. I loved your creek photographs, I love the colours and also the light in there, as if I saw fished too there, especially in the last one at the bottom ?Ultraviolet so lovely, I didn’t know poetry could be enchanted for cats too 🙂 Thank you dear Leah and your lovely cat, Blessing and Happiness to you all, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so glad you enjoy our creek photos, Nia, I enjoy your photos every day! I’ve never seen any fish in this part of the creek although I have seen some downstream; that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, though. Ultraviolet sends purrs and meows, she’s very pleased with your comment! All best wishes to you with love, Leah.

  21. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are beautiful images, Catwoods! Ultraviolet is a beautiful kitty, too!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you much, Lavinia! I’m always happy if others enjoy my pictures, and Ultraviolet sends purrs as she’s always happy to be told she’s beautiful!

  22. Lauren says:

    Well I admire your use of color, Leah, even if UV is a tad stiff about it. Your dialog is engaging, too. 🐱

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