Fall Colors Soothe Us; Cat Frisks Around

Where were we?

Yep, that’s last November. We’re freezing now, though we don’t have it nearly so bad as other regions. Perfect time to backtrack and indulge in fall colors. Franklin Thunderpaws gallops up and down the hall whenever it’s cold. But if we humans tried that, I don’t think it would work out so well. I’d best sit, tracking past leaves and sun, while the cat does the frisking around. (I did enhance that picture.)

Travelers over murk

(This one wasn’t photo edited.)

Franklin in an easy moment

Franklin is bulking up into a bristling, healthy young catboy!


I enhanced this one. It’s similar to the scene below, but with more color. I usually like more color, but not always.

The old dark



Water Spectrum


The above four were color enhanced.

Shy leaves take a dip

(Not enhanced, I like the darker images too.)

The forest:

We’ve been here before

Sweet skies

Franklin, crouching house panther

Second November trip to the creek, when it was golden:

Currents at play


The forest floor:

Crunchy path

Pine straw has a part in this, too

I recognize sweetgum and tulip tree

Stay tuned! That creek’s always busy. And Franklin’s got a thing or two to meow.

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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64 Responses to Fall Colors Soothe Us; Cat Frisks Around

  1. Holly G. says:

    These are wonderful photos!! The colors are breathtaking.

    And as always, I can’t resist a photo of charming Franklin πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your photography. I enjoy it very much.

  2. I love all these gorgeous photos! Makes me ache for fall deep in my bones!!! Beautiful post.β™₯οΈπŸ‚

  3. Thanks for the follow of my blog and by so doing, introducing me to yours, which I know I will enjoy!

  4. pattimcjones says:

    Love your colour ways & the golden creek.

  5. Gorgeous cats, gorgeous scenery! Thank you.

  6. Some photos are like stained glass windows in a church!

  7. pjlazos says:

    Such beautiful photography!

  8. Love these photos. Such rich color and lyrical movement!

  9. inesephoto says:

    Black cats rule! πŸ™‚
    I can just stand and watch these reflections in the water. Love the enhanced images. What beauty!

    • Catwoods says:

      Inese, thank you so much, I’m happy you enjoyed the creek pictures! The creek makes many strange images and we do spend lots of time there just looking, when we can. Franklin and I are also glad you like black kitties!

      • inesephoto says:

        To be honest, I like all kitties πŸ™‚ But these expressive eyes look fantastic on black πŸ™‚

        • Catwoods says:

          I like all kitties of all colors and patterns too! We’ve had torties, tabbies, orangies, tuxies, Siamese pattern . . . I do think the black kitties are especially beautiful. And because there are some people who regard black cats as bad luck, they are the least likely to be adopted, according to what I’ve read. So I always like to talk about how beautiful and sweet they are, to give them a little extra good publicity.

          • inesephoto says:

            It is a great thing to do. Sad to hear they are not loved much. I think black kitties are very cuddly and loving.

            • Catwoods says:

              Our black kitties have always been real sweeties. Franklin is a little more feral than prior cats but I think he’ll grow snuggly. It is sad about the bias, I think in modern times it’s something that turns up more in the US than in other countries, as far as I know.

              • inesephoto says:

                I don’t know about other countries, but I seldom see black cats in Ireland 😦 I am afraid, they are not popular here too… And cat is an outdoor pet in Ireland. Unfortunately. Just a few people I know keep them home, or at least let them sleep at home.

                • Catwoods says:

                  That’s interesting, Inese. I know there are different ways of keeping animals in different countries. There are also people here who keep cats outside or who have indoor/outdoor cats; and also many who keep them indoor only, as we do. In the US coyotes are a huge hazard to cats now. They were once mainly in the west but now they are nationwide and even seen often in cities as well as rural areas. They are highly adaptable, and will prey on cats and small dogs.

                  • inesephoto says:

                    Oh that’s bad. Something has to be done to balance their numbers in the wild. They are opportunistic animals and well adaptable.

                    • Catwoods says:

                      Mountain lions, wolves, and bears used to keep coyote numbers in check but those animals have limited ranges now. I do have sympathy for them as wild animals just trying to survive. I hope a way can be found that doesn’t involve killing them – maybe baits containing some kind of coyote birth control? Inese the system won’t let me answer any more in response to your last comment, they limit the number of responses to one comment. So, that does sound like a good idea, deer do become overpopulated.

                    • inesephoto says:

                      May be relocating them would help? Some places have too many deer, or rodents.

  10. niasunset says:

    Good Morning Dear Leah, have a wonderful day, Thank you for being my beautiful visitor, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Nia, Good Morning, it’s nice to see you! It’s always a pleasure to visit your sites! Wishing you and yours a wonderful day also, Love, Leah

  11. Beautiful arty pictures and Franklin you are so cute πŸ™‚ Pawkisses for a Wonderful DayπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž

  12. Bravo to more gorgeous photos with beautifully written descriptions. And yes, that Franklin is quite the panther. Love “catboy”!

  13. chattykerry says:

    Love all your colors – it feels like we might be Counterparts. Frankie is so cute, especially on the blanket.

  14. Thank you ,Leah, for liking my blog. Buddy has returned to his blog after two years.It takes a while to get reestablished and it’s nice to know that bloggers I interacted with two years ago are still going strong. I love your photos. Some of them look like paintings.

    • Catwoods says:

      My pleasure liking your blog, Brenda! I’m glad to see you back. Thanks for you kind words about the photos, I’m happy you like them!

  15. Sondra says:

    Beautiful pictures, Leah! You are so artful with your photography!

  16. Franklin looks beautiful, and it is fun playing with colours

  17. DS Levy says:

    Oh, Leah β€” I do so love your photos! Boy, I could look at them all day; they’re so artfully taken and enhanced, the colors delicious. That one of the forest (β€œWe’ve been here before”) β€” okay, so that’s like a book jacket cover or an artwork hanging on a gallery wall. Have you ever thought of exhibiting your photos? You should. And that Franklin β€” I don’t know how else to say this but: Your photo of him is so evocatively physical it makes me want to pick him up in my arms and cuddle! Bravo, my friend! Love it! Deb

    • Catwoods says:

      Deb, thank you so much – you are doing me a world of good! And Franklin loves what you say! Well I thought about exhibiting my old artworks – I was a visual artist until I became ill – and maybe some photos but there’s a lot of work involved with that too. Getting things framed or otherwise ready for display; making prints from digital. I’m such a slacker now, lol.

      • DS Levy says:

        Well, I tell the truth. Maybe you could get someone to help you prepare your photos (maybe a college student?). I know that that end of the art β€” printing, framing, etc. β€” is a more physical/mechanical effort, so perhaps you could hand it off to someone else? Just a thought. πŸ™‚ You’re photos are so good! And tell Franklin he deserves every good word written his way. πŸ˜‰

        • Catwoods says:

          That’s a good idea Deb, I’ll give that serious thought when things settle down here. And I will certainly get your message to Franklin!

  18. Even those are (pretty) fall images, they helped warm us up here a bit…we were at -19 here earlier today. Right now its -7…

    Franklin is so handsome!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks y’all! I’m happy if the pictures can help anyone feel warm – it was warm when these were taken – because yikes, – 19, that’s a drastic temperature! Stay safe and cozy as you can!

  19. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are beautiful photos! And little Franklin is such a handsome fellow. ❀

  20. Lauren says:

    Striking colors, great camera work bringing them out, and Franklin is beautifully mysterious!

  21. niasunset says:

    Colours fascinated me dear Leah, I love them all. Frankling growing… seems so lovely. Thank you it was a great post, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Nia, I’m happy you liked the pictures and the colors! It’s always a challenge for me to keep from going overboard with them. And Franklin has indeed become enormous overnight! Love, Leah

  22. catsworking says:

    If these were enlarged and hanging in a gallery, I would spend my entire day in that room just losing myself in the colors and the peace they evoke. Thank you, Leah! (And Franklin, too! He reminds my house panther Roc of his kittenhood.)

  23. Timothy Price says:

    Nice photos of the leaves and reflections. Franklin is beautiful. He has a mischievous look about him like our Loki.

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