Cat and Creek and Merry Christmas!

Red leaves stopping by

Here’s one of my favorite pictures from the November 3rd trek to the creek this year. I love that this creek is complicated and messy, full of old tree trunks and branches that are fallen, or reaching. Stories that began way before I arrived on these banks.

Imagine what might be up there

I used different camera setting here than I used in the post just prior to this one. We always go to the creek on sunny days, so both posts were done in strong sunlight; the exact afternoon times for each picture do vary. On November 3rd I put the light-dark setting farther towards dark, and bumped the vivid setting more towards neutral in most of the pictures. I believe the focus is better and the colors appear richer. The over-glare look is slightly, (not completely though) tamped down. But many of the pictures are too dark – where is my sunny day?

Franklin the smoothie says ho-hum to editing

Franklin is not very interested in editing at this point. He’s a teenager, he likes to run thunderpaws all through the house. When he gives out of steam and settles on a blankie, that’s when I get a photo.

Streaming across

Some shadows in this picture are too dark, it could have a sunnier look.

The theatrics of shadow and reflection:

Epic creekside jam session

Along the way

Your everyday reflecting creek

Leaf matter

Leaves on a spree

The forest:

Slow autumn

Merry Christmas!

There’s a pine tree across the creek and that’s our Christmas tree this year, right where it is. At least Franklin can’t climb this one since he doesn’t go outside! All this color is gone now, leaves knocked off trees by the rain; everything’s bleak and gray. Experimental photo editing went wild here, and I’m not completely satisfied with it.

Franklin as panther

Franklin has the panther-slouch-over-a-tree-branch down. You know he’d climb any Christmas tree he got his paws on!

A fern moment

The forest floor has perks, too.

Upstream – super shadowy version

Here’s what I mean about too dark . . . I like it actually, in a way, but . . .

Lightened up version

For the first time ever, I used some ‘fill light’ in Picasa to brighten a picture.

Edgy but pleasant

A little added fill light helped this one, I think, though I’m not totally happy.

A chat at green’s threshold

This spot close to where the above pictures were taken needed no added light.


I believe this creek has been quarried somewhere in this general area, although I don’t know for sure. If you look closely in the middle foreground, you’ll see a stone that has a straight edge and while it’s not easy to see in the picture, the adjoining edge is at a right angle and also straight, which makes me think the rock was being cut into squares. And I know there was a building nearby that had features built of stone from this creek.

Y’all, I have too many pictures for one post! These are just a couple from the November 18th creek visit. I’ll have to make another post soon! Maybe before Christmas, maybe not.

We’ll stop here for a spell

Late afternoon gold

As usual I’ll try to get back and answer comments and greetings as fast as I can but I can’t guarantee it will be soon.

Meanwhile, Merry Christmas!! Happy Holidays to all who have celebrations this time of year!


About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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71 Responses to Cat and Creek and Merry Christmas!

  1. I love the close-up leaf pictures, especially the one of the leaf caught in the overhanging slim twigs. I also love the one with the strong green and red contrast, that you captioned “Merry Christmas”!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you TextileRanger, I’m glad you liked the pictures! I wish there had more leaf pics but soon after these were taken the rains washed them all away quickly this year.

  2. I Love the pictures, Franklin is a doll baby. I have a black cat too his name is Jimmy but I named him Gypsy in the books I write. πŸ™‚ Feel free to come visit us. I corrected words on this post, sorry

  3. I Love the pictures, Franklin is a doll baby. I have a black cat too Jimmy but I named him Gypsy in my book I write. πŸ™‚ Feel free to come visit us.

  4. Candace says:

    I love dark forest photos, so mysterious. I hope you all had a great Christmas and that 2019 will bring you health, happiness, and peace. Franklin sure looks like he can be mischievous.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Candace! I’m partial to some of the darker forest scenes myself; I’d just like to capture the sensation of brightness I sometimes see there, too. We did have a nice Christmas, and we wish you all good things in the coming year! Franklin is sweet but he’s also a big kitten, very active and into everything!

  5. Judy says:

    I especially liked the leaf matter pictures and the cat Franklin on the colorful rug/cloth. Those eyes!!

    Just wanted to stop in and wish you an exceptional and Happy 2019!!

  6. RMW says:

    Love those reflections! The day you become totally satisfied with your photos is the day you give up photography… Can’t remember who it was but a famous artist…. maybe Matisse or Monet… said at the end of his life he was just learning how to paint!

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so happy you like the pictures, RMW! And thanks for reminding me (I can’t recall which artist said that either) but I think it’s true, the more you work at something the more you see how much more there is to learn and explore. This made me think of something that I recently read, and can’t recall the name now, that a famous musician was asked why he kept practicing every day for many years, and he replied, “I’m starting to see some improvement!” LOL

  7. Pazlo says:

    A lovely tour along the creek. Thanks for taking us along.
    It was almost like being there!

    Merry Christmas, and good fortune in the New Year.


    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Pazlo, I’m happy you liked the pictures, and happy you came along with us! Hope you have also had a Merry Christmas and wishing you all the best for the New Year!

  8. kutukamus says:

    Love those theatrics! (And I’m sure Franklin does too) πŸ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you kutukamus, I’m happy you liked the pictures! Franklin in fact likes the entire idea of going to the creek to check it all out himself, but as he’s an indoor kitty he will have to be content with pictures . . .

  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    A beautiful post, Leah! Love to you and little Franklin. ❀

  10. Merry Christmas. πŸ™‚

  11. inesephoto says:

    Beautiful creek and cat pictures, and Merry Christmas to you too!

  12. I see more than beautiful pictures here. I see someone immersed in the essences of the place, soul-submerged in them, drawing upon their peace, beauty and creative energy, and you express it all in these creations. Happy Holidays!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for such kind words, Balsamean! The creek and the forest do such marvelous things that we can’t help being attached to them. I hope we can always protect them. Wishing you Happy Holidays and every joy from the celebrations this time of year.

  13. Your photos are all stunning–too dark or not. And that Franklin…what a beautiful teenager!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much CatLadyintheCanyon, for your kind words! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happiest of holidays.

  14. chattykerry says:

    Your forest looks exactly like mine right now, except our water is a little browner with silt. Is Franklin your new kitty??? He is absolutely beautiful and looks so snuggly on the throw. Have a wonderful Christmas, Leah. Love K xxx

  15. catsworking says:

    Your photos make me want me to dive into the nearest forest in search of a creek. Utter beauty and peace to be found at this maddest time of the year. Franklin’s pics take me back a few years when my panther Roc was a teen. They could be twins. We’re still laughing at “thunderpaws,” a sound we know well but never named. You’re probably also familiar with “furry thump,” which is what we call taking a wild leap.

    • Catwoods says:

      Hahaha I love the term “furry thump,” and indeed we are familiar with that sound, as Franklin is such a climber! I’m happy you like the pictures, catsworking, and that they make you want to experience the woods and creeks. That’s something I always hope they will do, make people want to explore, and preserve, forests and other natural spaces.

  16. cat9984 says:

    Merry Christmas to you and Franklin. Your pictures, as usual, are gorgeous. They always make me want to walk in the woods

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m happy you liked the pictures, cat9.984, and so glad they make you want to experience the woods! That’s something I hope the pictures will do, make people want to walk in, and preserve, the forests, and other natural spaces.

  17. What can be better than a beautiful creek and a beautiful cat! Love your pictures! πŸ™‚

  18. Cate says:

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Leah! As always, I love the mysterious color and fluidity of the creek through your lens. And, my black cat Spot is, like Franklin, a master at panther poses. πŸ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Cate. The creek does all the weirdest things and I just try to keep up. I do love the panther-like ways of the black kitties! Merry Christmas!

  19. Wonderful nature & black panther shots! Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

  20. love these pictures – water and leaves are a wonderful combination

  21. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of the creek and forest. Makes me forget the concrete for a few moments of serene thoughts. Think you are over-critical ! Franklin seems to have one pose today! Merry Christmas Leah!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, I’m happy that you enjoyed the pictures! Franklin, LOL, has to be either asleep or near asleep to get a picture that isn’t blurred and even then it’s dicey. If he’s awake he’s moving! He’s just a big kitten! Merry Christmas to you and yours also, Greg!

  22. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  23. DS Levy says:

    Lovely text and photos (as per your usual), Leah! Gosh, your photos look just like paintings β€” the colors are gorgeous, and the framing is exquisite. And that Franklin β€” what a cutie-pie! He’s beautiful!

    Wishing you and yours (and of course that includes dear Franklin) happy holidays!

  24. Lauren says:

    Magnificent colors as always, and beautiful creek to capture them. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your environment.
    ❀ Lauren

    • Catwoods says:

      Lauren, thank you, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! I have lots of fun taking them and I like for others to see the natural beauty we have here. I always enjoy seeing your pictures on the water too! ❀ Leah

  25. Eliza Waters says:

    Gorgeous reflections! A beautiful kaleidoscope of light. πŸ™‚

  26. Cathy Humphries says:

    As always, thank you Leah for sharing your beautiful creek with us. Much love to you..

  27. Yvon says:

    Handsome Franklin reminds me of my Tommy (way bakc in the ninetees)
    I love your pictures and especially the Christmas tree.
    We wish you too a wonderull and blessed Christmas time.

  28. Beautiful pictures of your creek and forest. Franklin is very ‘pantherish’!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Dalton/Angel-MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Angel-Minko! I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! Panthery Franklin thanks you too! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, back atcha!

  29. niasunset says:

    Dear Leah, what a beautiful post. I love your creek photographs. You used a word that I loved so much, “The theatrics of shadow and reflection”… theatric…. exactly. They are also so artistic. Franklin so lovely… Thank you for this amazing post. Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Nia, I’m so glad you liked enjoyed the creek pictures, and Franklin too! It’s very encouraging to me that you like the pictures . . . All the best and Happy Happy Holidays to you, with love from Franklin and Leah ❀

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