Spring Moves Fast, Like A Cat

Violet Intensity

All these violets are gone now.

Rained on flowers

We’ve had plenty of rain, cloudy skies, and severe weather watches.


Glorious Franklin

On scarce days the sun lights Franklin.

Early on

Occasional violets quickly became . . .

Well look at this


Everyday purple

I love the bursting messiness of the forest floor. I’m partial to violets!

Dandy Lion

Out in the forest our one dandelion is now also gone.

Beginning of spiderwort takeover

The first spiderwort in town, a few weeks back. At present the yard takeover is ongoing, which is the way I like things. I prefer the wildflowers to the cultivars.

Where’d the sky go?

Out where we live, the crabapple tree jammed the sky with blooms this year.

Here we come!

They pop out anywhere amidst last year’s dry leaves, they don’t care!

All floaty and springy

Scheming colors make any sort of combo, old or new!

Green scheme

The greens were on their way, even a few weeks ago.

Mr. Cardinal

I finally got his picture! Mrs. Cardinal wasn’t around, at least not that I could see. I’ll bet she’s sitting on eggs somewhere.

Dogwood Emergence

Dogwoods joined the party, too.

Tall dogwood trees decorate the sky

Violets, dandelions, and crabapple flowers are all gone now. Leaves came back and suddenly, sprong! Green everywhere.

Sleepy Franklin

Franklin’s having a snooze! He’ll feel nice and refreshed later while he’s getting into everything.

Wisteria was slower this year, those pictures are still in the camera. They won’t be quite like past wisteria:

Wowza wild wisteria, 2015

Again I’m sorry to have not gotten around to comment on other blogs as much as I’d like to. I haven’t been too well. There have been so many severe weather watches! They drain my time and energy because I have to make preparations, shut down the computer due to electrical storms, keep up with changing weather conditions at every moment, and try to alert others through social media. Spring is beautiful but . . . I feel rained on.

Anyways, Happy Earth Day! Coming up, more Franklin and spring; now with iris, the current wave of wisteria, and oh my, all that green!

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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48 Responses to Spring Moves Fast, Like A Cat

  1. Your photos are gorgeous

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    The photos are lovely, Leah! And I love the cardinal. They don’t come this far west, so I haven’t seen one since New England. Franklin is as handsome as always.

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and I thank you, Lavinia, we are glad you enjoyed the pictures! I do like having the cardinals although there are some western birds I’d like to see, too.

  3. MNL says:

    Great pic of the cardinals, violets and of course Franklin!

  4. Charlee: “Such pretty pictures! We love the flowers!”
    Chaplin: “But our favorite picture is the bird.”
    Charlee: “Yes, we are definitely partial to birds!”

  5. Pazlo says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely photos!
    Such a pretty and relaxing read.


  6. Charles Huss says:

    Those are some beautiful photos. I really like Mr. Cardinal. 🙂

  7. DS Levy says:

    Leah, this post is a poem! The photos are beautiful (that cardinal — and of course Franklin! — are wunderbar!). And as I say, the words accompanying the photos make for one poetic post — love it! Hope you’re staying safe this spring. I’ve seen those wild storms passing through your way; hopefully, they’ll be over soon. We had snow a week ago in Michigan — uggh, I’m so over snow. Your photos reminded me of what “spring” means 🙂 Deb

    • Catwoods says:

      Deb, Franklin and thank you for such kind words! I’m happy if I can convey spring, to anyone who wants or needs it. There’s yet spring coming, I think, though we’re well into the green now. Bummer about all that snow, it’s pretty but also darned inconvenient at times! And I’m so hoping the storms are winding down, been there, (anniversary coming up on the 27th), never want to see one again . . . All the best to you and yours, Leah

      • DS Levy says:

        I’m lovin’ experiencing spring vicariously through your words & photos, Leah! Hugs to Franklin! 🙂

        • Catwoods says:

          Hugs delivered to Franklin on your behalf, Deb! Please hug your kitties and Chuck the dog for me! Glad to oblige about spring when I can. I went out today and our wisteria’s being engulfed by the green, so I think our future spring features will be iris and waves of critters!

  8. Holly G. says:

    Leah, these photos are amazing! Nature is my favorite thing to just sit & admire and you have warmed my heart with such natural beauty! ♥ The wisteria is such an amazing vine…. when it takes over here, I’m always blown away at the color. I know it chokes out the health of some trees but my goodness it is special to see in bloom.

    As always, I adore seeing that cutie pie Franklin too! Thanks for brightening my day. I am praying that you & yours stay safe in the wacky weather. It has been wild here too but not nearly as bad as so many places have gotten. Hoping you are getting some rest & are feeling much better REAL soon. Sending love & hugs your way…

    • Catwoods says:

      Holly, thanks for your kind words, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures! I really like the wisteria too, sight and scent, while at the same time hoping it doesn’t have a negative effect on the trees. Franklin also thanks you for saying he’s cute! The news just said we’ve had a record number of EF0 and EF1 tornadoes this year, not right where I live, but the winds have been scary on those days/nights. Been there, don’t want to be in another! Thanks for the good wishes, love and hugs to you also!

  9. JoAnn says:

    I love that you include your cat pixies.
    🐱 🐈 🎈

  10. Beautiful photos, and your dandelion may be gone but his seeds flew over here and I have 837 growing in my lawn now. The neighbours are not amused. Nice weather for a cat to be outside–here as well. The pollen has me sneezing my head off–I love April! Afternoons are good for cat naps, aren’t they Franklin? Think I’ll have one later as well . . . . Enjoy Spring Leah!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Greg, glad you liked the pictures! Ahahahaha about the dandelions! Know what you mean about the neighbors, I wish more people appreciated dandelions, they are good for the bees who keep food crops pollinated. You have my sympathy about the allergies, we’ll soon be seeing layers of yellow green dust everywhere. Happy Spring!

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  12. niasunset says:

    Dear Leah, what a beautiful post, I can see how beautiful Spring there too… Lovely Franklin, Thank you for all these photographs, I loved them all. Happy Spring, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Nia, thank you so much, I’m happy you liked the pictures and happy if I can convey at little bit of a sense of spring. Warmest wishes always for a wonderful Springtime for you also, with love, from Leah

  13. charlotteash says:

    Well, you’ve made my evening with these gorgeous photos! Violets are a favorite and also spiderwort. When I moved to Louisiana many years ago I brought some spiderwort from my mother’s yard but it died out, somehow. The native spiderwort here is pink. I prefer the blue. Did you know it’s also called blue-eyed grass?
    So glad to see you posting!

    • Catwoods says:

      Charlotte I’m happy you like the pictures! I didn’t know about the pink spiderwort, that’s really interesting! Although I think that I also prefer the blue. And I didn’t know about the blue-eyed grass name, which is perfect! I have heard that the spiderwort was planted by one couple a long time ago and since then it has taken over the whole town. Have to check with the hubs later to see if he recalls the details.

  14. toutparmoi says:

    Autumn here, so I feel rained on too! How bright your violets look! I have hundreds of little self-seeding violets around my place in spring, but they’re a much paler shade – unless I can photograph them in the right light. And I love Mr Cardinal in his best bright red.

    • Catwoods says:

      These wild violets really flourished this year with no help from us. I did boost the color a little bit in photo editing, but they’re basically deep purple. Interesting that you have some that are lighter in color! The flowers of another wild variety here are white with purple centers. I always enjoy seeing the cardinals!

  15. Cathy Humphries says:

    Beautiful words and images Leah. I especially loved the crabapple photos. I planted two last month but they’re only a couple feet tall. Hope I get to see them bloom someday. Thank you for sharing your bit of paradise with us. Franklin seems to be enjoying his Spring.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Cathy, I’m happy you liked the the post! There was a crabapple tree in Bill’s grandmother’s yard and there were daughter trees so the whole family got them. Ours had several too and they bloomed when not very tall so maybe yours will bloom soon! This one was in fact a daughter that grew large and bloomed wildly this year. Franklin’s a fun-loving young kitty indeed!

  16. lovely photos,and a gorgeous painting. Around here it’s autumn moving fast into winter

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Maureen, Franklin and I are glad you liked the pictures! I actually have more fun taking pictures in autumn than any other season.

  17. Cate says:

    What vibrant colors as Spring invades your neck of the woods in earnest. A lovely Earth Day post, Leah!

  18. Beautiful photos and Franklin is gorgeous! I’m very happy that spring has finally arrived.

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and I thank you, Lesley. Spring is usually earlier for us than in other regions but this year it was extra early, and long-lasting.

  19. SA Green says:

    I love these photos. I took photos of our violet plants last week. Or crabapple tree blossoms are not out yet. Thanks for sharing.

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m happy you like the pictures, thank you so much! There’s something about violets … I don’t know why our crabapple bloomed so early this year. And the wisteria seems to have come really late compared to other vines around town.

  20. Lauren says:

    Beautiful photos and colors as always, Leah. Franklin certainly has a lovely, colorful environment!

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