Not Done With Fall Yet; Cat Growth Spurt

Creek running high in early December

It’s January, but here we can have all four seasons in one week. We have two tornado seasons a year, the first in spring, and a second November-December season. A few days back we had warm weather with severe storms possible; there were several warnings in the state. At least one location had serious damage. Now the temperature’s dropping below freezing. So if weather is out of sequence, I’ll just be that way too! While it’s snowy everywhere else, I’m posting fall creek pictures from early December, when heavy rains swelled the creek. Bwahahaha I’ll do worse, I’ll even go backwards to November in the next post or so. After all, there’s that paraphrase of something William Faulkner said, “The past isn’t over, it isn’t even past.”

Mmmmm, colors!

More water, more silt, more sunshine changes everything.

Our bright-eyed Franklin boy!

Franklin is getting longer and leggier. We think he’s going to be a big cat! His recent growth spurt suggests he’s younger than we thought he was.

Enchanting branches

(This photo has been edited to increase color saturation.)

Franklin has let us know that even though he’s having a blast climbing shelves, kitchen counters, and bookcases, he’d really like to get his paws and claws on those real-deal trees. He could attain greater heights and even catch some squirrels, he imagines. He can see and smell these enticing specimens from a front window. (He won’t be allowed outside.)

Sweetgum is fun!

Sweetgum is right outside and is, according to Franklin, one of his favorites.

Orange can be a surprising hue!

High water travels fast

Red leaf viewpoint

Noisy water with no time to chat!

Franklin the Cat on Alert

Franklin informs us he too can hear and smell the creek from inside the house, especially when the water is roaring and even we mere humans can hear it. He’d like to hunt near the water on these cold nights when the air is denser and scents are stronger. We’re trying to keep him distracted with toy mice.

Looking towards the bend, there’s that holly

Dark and delectable ground cover near creek

To be a little more in keeping with the season, the following late December pics are more like the colors and water levels we’re seeing this fall/winter. Cloudy gray days, fast torrential waves, new sand deposited on the banks. I also bumped up the color ’cause it’s just so drab!:

Dreary day!

Rough water

Neither picture shows the water really well but no way was I going any closer. Those were powerful currents.

This next pic was taken on the solstice, December 21 at 4:23 pm. It shows the sort of color we mostly have in winter, very dreary. So hang on, I have more bright fall color for the next post or so, to help get through the gray winter!

Moody winter solstice picture

Franklin meows that he would climb any of those trees — rain, cloud, or shine.

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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53 Responses to Not Done With Fall Yet; Cat Growth Spurt

  1. Lovely photography and cat!

  2. cat9984 says:

    The pictures are gorgeous. I’m jealous. It’s snowing here (again). Franklin has beautiful fur, Sounds like he might want to be supervising your photography. 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and I thank you, cat9.984! There has been so much snow around this year! We even had some coming here, but conditions changed at the last minute and it was a no-show snow. I think you are right, Franklin does have the makings of a supervisor!

  3. da-AL says:

    this is so beautiful, Catwoods – thanks for sharing ❤

  4. DS Levy says:

    Hi, Leah! Sorry I’m late to the party here … been busy teaching and finally finding a little breathing space. Love the photos (again) — and of course I love the adorable pic of Franklin (he really is such a handsome fella). I always enjoy reading your text as well. Say, I sent you a New Year’s email but I’m not sure I sent it to the right address. Just wanted to drop you a line, see how things are going, especially with your writing! Deb

    • Catwoods says:

      Hi Deb! I didn’t get your New Year’s email . . . I will shoot you an email after awhile to get the address to you. I’m always happy to see you here, with no worries about how long a post has been up. Franklin says thank you! He loves to hear about how handsome he is. Good to know you have been teaching, those students are fortunate that you are their teacher! We are slowly working on getting the first volume out, my husband is arranging the cover art, he can do that kind of layout and I don’t have those skills. He’s going to set up the text for printing also, but he’s been under the weather so things go slowly. I sure hope to get the first volume out this year at least, I was aiming for last Christmas but that’s history . . . If I do get time in the next few days I might put another post up, strangely soon but cold weather is keeping us rooted to the spot. Hoping you do OK with these awful frigid temperatures!

      • DS Levy says:

        Leah! I just sent you an email. 🙂 Thanks for your email address! I do wish you all the best with your book — how exciting! And how wonderful that your husband can do the cover art, layout, etc. Hope he feels better soon. Never worry about release dates—I’m convinced books get “born” when they’re ready. Teaching just getting underway, and tomorrow we’re shut down so I’ve already lost a day. Oh well! And yes, the temps are frigid, frigid, frigid here—can’t remember it ever being this cold. Hugs to Franklin! He looks like a real sweetie. 🙂 Deb

  5. niasunset says:

    Good Morning to you dear Leah and Lovely Franklin, love you, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Good morning, Nia! Hoping you and your kitties are having a wonderful day, always! ❤

      • niasunset says:

        Thank you dear Leah, they are very active and also you know the home is in a great mess, they are not happy for this. Have a nice day for you all, Love, nia

  6. Crystal says:

    Love your photos. So pretty. Franklin is so pretty, sleek and I bet he’s pretty smart too. Daisy Mae(my cat) and I just love your blog so much we went to daily posts.

  7. Franklin is a little cutie patootie! Please tell him we said hello!

  8. Beautiful! And that “Daddy Long Legs” sure is a cutie-pie. 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you CatLadyintheCanyon, Franklin and I are happy you like the pics! And Franklin is very pleased, he loves to be told he’s cute!

  9. inesephoto says:

    Franklin is so handsome! ❤

  10. Cate says:

    Franklin really IS getting leggy. Did Bud and Ultraviolet ever get out, or were they, too, exclusively indoor cats? I try to strike a balance between concern for my cats’ safety and their naturally keen interest in the big wild world. It helps that they are now 10 and not as adventurous as youngsters!

    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and Ultraviolet were indoor cats too; I know it’s not ideal and I’d like for the cats to have some outdoor adventures. But we have feisty raccoons around and we’ve seen (heard at night) a coyote population explosion over about the last decade. I’ve seen them right outside the house — they did run from me, fortunately. We used to have supervised outings for the cats but since I’ve had a serious chronic illness for 25 years life and time have been complicated. We do have plans for a catio or screened in porch type thingie.

      • Cate says:

        Catios are cool! The indoor/outdoor conundrum is challenging, even in ideal circumstances, and all the more so with serious illness. Obviously, your cats have been safe and loved — which is a whole lot better than many every experience. And Franklin is growing up beautifully!

        • Catwoods says:

          I like the idea of sturdy catios too, Cate. Franklin is very pleased at your kind words! He’s bulked up even more since these pictures were taken.

  11. iamthesunking says:

    I love how the sky in your pictures is the same colour as Franklin’s blanket!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks, iamthesunking! Franklin likes the blue blankie. We enjoy it too since it’s been so rainy of late, we only see that color in the sky about every three or four days.

  12. Franklin is looking quite good in the photos. Maybe some day with supervision he can go outside and scratch some real bark, or maybe cut a big branch and bring it in to scratch! The creek looks beautiful.

    • Catwoods says:

      That’s a good idea about bringing in a branch for Franklin to scratch, Greg. He’d probably enjoy that. I’m happy you like the creek!

  13. terrepruitt says:

    His legs do look very long!

  14. Cathy Humphries says:

    Beautiful photos as always Leah. Thank you for sharing your world.

  15. Charles Huss says:

    Those are some pretty photos and Franklin really does have long legs.

  16. niasunset says:

    Good Morning Dear Leah, your December creek photographs are so beautiful. I love the colours and creek life… I can understand how interesting and exciting outside for lovely Franklin! He is same with our İbiş… he can jump to everywhere, there is not any limit for his jumping… I am glad he is not allowed to be out as ours… He is so lovely, I wonder do they grow more than this….:) Blessing and Happiness to you all, Thank you, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Nia, I am happy you enjoyed the pictures! I love being in the woods and hope to build a “catio” for Franklin one day so he can enjoy it but right now it just isn’t safe out there for him. I had sort of forgotten what it was like to have a young, active cat like Franklin and your Ibis! It makes for exciting times around the house! It will be interesting to see just how much more they both do grow. Love and happiness going out to you, from Leah

  17. Franklin sure is a most handsome dude!
    Your creek and all the woods sure make for some wonderful nature pictures.

  18. Lauren says:

    Franklin is completely adorable!Wonderful colors, too, as always.

  19. He’s gorgeous–black velvet!

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and I thank you FACE Foundation! He is one of the darkest black cats we’ve had. I do adore black kittycats! And all kittycats, of course.

  20. Bernadette says:

    I missed your posts since October. Somehow my settings changed from email delivery to reading in the reader, which I never do. Con-cat-ulations on Franklin! I think the Novermber creek photos are exceptional. Hope you feel better as the spring comes.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Bernadette! I’m happy you liked the photos; I’m partial to the November pics too but I thought it was interesting how the higher water seemed to change the scenery. Thanks so much for the well wishes, I am hoping to get better, somehow.

  21. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are beautiful photos! Franklin is going to be a big kitty. He is very handsome, too!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Lavinia, I’m glad you liked the photos! And Franklin thanks you too! He really is growing fast now, I swear when I look at him every morning I say, “How did you get so big overnight?!”

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