Fall Creeps Along, Cat and I Wait

Sunny and wild

We have red leaves! Got ’em in October!

Franklin wants a word

“I’m not impressed,” says Franklin.

“Cats don’t see reds that well.”

There’s still lots of green, even now.

Currents mess with reflections

“Well I sure hear better, those raccoons really rocked out last night! While y’all humans slept I was on guard, makin’ sure that loud raccoon party stayed out in the woods.”

Today we have a sneak preview of creek pictures. I’m waiting on good working time and more colorful leaves in both the treetops and the creek.

I’ve waited all year to see scenes like this again

Sourwood provides us with most of the reds this year

I had to change cameras after the last one got sprayed by a rogue garden hose. I’m trying one that has a few more bells and whistles but too many may not be a good idea! I know my pictures lack technical finesse; they’re just fun for me, as well as a way to show others the astonishing natural beauty that exists in this area of the country. I never learned the traditional ways of controlling the exposure and depth of field, etc. I’m still mainly pointing and shooting. Learning new things isn’t easy for me.

I was a painter and mixed media artist until I became ill; I like Fauvist and psychedelic color. I see photos that have that quality but I can’t seem to make those myself. I also admire dark pictures taken on gray days or at twilight that have rich color. I want to have more natural light in pictures, and I have the color saturation cranked up in the camera, but I still have to stick them in an ancient photoshop program and twist and slide until they’re bright enough.

The following series of 3 may show what I mean:

Upstream, gray day

The above is right out of the camera on a cloudy day. I’m not sure but I think I had color saturation turned up for this. Anyway this first picture doesn’t look natural either.

Tweaked creek, gray day

I worked on the above photo not only by turning the color saturation up, but by going into color balance and making it bluer. The reflected tree trunks stood out much more after I adjusted towards blue. I like it better but it still doesn’t look natural, not like what I saw.

Gray and extra spooky

Here I’ve made it darker and I like it, the leaf colors really pop, but it’s a fantasy world and nowhere near the light level I saw.

Clouds meet forest

This gray day picture is closer to what I want although not quite there. I still had to bump up the color sat and the light in post processing. Photo editing, along with the slow, creeping pace of autumn in this region, is part of why it takes me so long to post fall pictures.

Here are the red leaves on a gray day but I still had to increase the saturation:

Patient forest

Stay tuned, we will get it done, more fall pictures are on the way!

I have book news! The book now has three Amazon reviews! Click this link and find out what three exceptional writers have to say about Catwoods, Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions! Mollie Hunt, author of the intriguing Crazy Cat Lady Mystery Series, is the latest one. Do check out her books as well as mine!

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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 Fall Creeps Along, Cat and I Wait

  1. We come to bring you Extra Pawkisses for stopping by at my bloggie and bringing lovely Birthday wishes. Thank you sweet furriends๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

    • Catwoods says:

      Awwww, thanks so much Little Binky and Granny! I have limitations due to illness and can’t always comment but I will be there whenever I can!

  2. No fall colors here, I’m afraid. Only as hot as inside a working washing machine. Love the colors, the water, and the lovely black cat. There’s nothing like nature. I’d rather live in a trailer home in the woods than a luxury apartment in the city. If I can just see sights like these pictures. That’s all I need.

    Cats don’t see things like we do. Not only they don’t see red, but I don’t know if they feel the beauty of nature. Although they do enjoy being outside. What for us is lovely, for them might be an adventure or a mystery, since cats are so curious. What were the raccoons celebrating? Was it a birthday party?

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures, Feral cats’ videos! I prefer the forest, but it can feel isolated at times too. You are right, cats won’t experience anything like we do visually, according to the experts I read when researching my book. They do love sun-soaking, though. LOL raccoons seem to need no excuse for late-night parties with lots of rustling around noises, and squeaky sounds.

  3. Very cool pictures, especially the freshwater ecosystem (creek, pond etc) inside that forest. Franklin as always looks great! Thanks for sharing.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Ashraf, I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures! I really enjoy time on the creek this time of year and hopefully there will more photos of it coming soon. Franklin thanks you too!

  4. niasunset says:

    Franklin and you are doing great dear Leah, There is always an artistic touches in your photographs, I know how you like the colours and the contrast in the nature. And also now I learn that you are an artist too. This is so nice and in any case artist talks… Not important what camera or what techniq, the most important part is what you see… how you see,… the others coming behing this… Thank you, Autumn still gives us beautiful colours, I loved your post and photograph. Thank you dear Leah, have a nice day, Love, nia

    • Catwoods says:

      Nia, Franklin and I thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words and I like what you say about art and photography! I’m happy you enjoy my photos, as I enjoy yours. We still have some nice autumn color too, but we have cold weather today and for a few days. When it warms up and the sun shines again I will go out and take more photos. Thanks again Nia, you have a nice day and week too. With love, Leah

  5. chattykerry says:

    Many congratulations on the book reviews, Leah. Your processing is great too – our similar landscapes make me use more saturation in the silty lakes. Hugs to you and Franklin. ๐Ÿ˜ป

    • Catwoods says:

      Kerry thank you so much, we appreciate your kind words and the hugs, too, which Franklin and I send to you in return! โค We've had some silt in the water too this year, from several big rains after prolonged dry weather.

  6. p00Face says:

    These photos are delicious and Franklin is a little darling x

  7. You stil create beautiful artwork, Leah and Frankie, you are such a gorgeous muse๐Ÿ˜ธPawkisses for a wonderful Week ahead๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

  8. da-AL says:

    sooo pretty! many congrats too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year and you’ve captured that so well! Good securikitty work keeping the racoons in the woods sweetie!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Catscue Catmom, I’m happy you liked the pictures, and Franklin is pleased to be recognized for his efforts to keep wild animals from staging a household takeover!

  10. Meow meow Miss Leah you take sum furabuluss photoess!! Mee an LadyMew reelly enjoy seein THE werld thru yore eyess an lenss.
    An mee can tell Franklin not so impressed, mew mew mew…mee sorta sad Autumm got kicked out bye earlee Winter. at leest Winter has cheered LadyMew upss!
    An Franklin you look furry hansum today…..
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you BellaDharma and LadyMew, I’m so glad you like the pictures! Franklin says mew in return, there is not much that impresses him, he is a reserved sort of character! We still have plenty of leaves both autumn color and summer color, but we are having really cold weather much earlier than usual. Franklin thanks you for saying such nice things about him BellaDharma, and sends purrs to you also!

      • Franklin yore one of THE hansumest man catss who blog! Trust mee on that~
        An Miss Leah wee can get snow from Octoburr ’til May!!! Usuallee onlee til March or April butt you nevurr know…so many very-I-bells!
        At leest LadyMew iss happy-er! That iss all that matturss rite?

        • Catwoods says:

          Franklin is very pleased with what you said about him! That’s a lot of snow chances, but it can be so beautiful. We rarely get snow where I live, but when we do, it shuts the whole place down; we don’t have a lot of snow-plow type equipment here. And yes, I am so glad LadyMew is happier and it’s important to stay as upbeat as you can . . . I have trouble doing that myself, but kitties like you, BellaDharma, and Franklin, are a big help!

          • Mew mew mew wee think nothin of 3 feet of snow on THE ground here Miss Leah butt wee have big scrapey an sandin truckss to make sure main roadss are cleer! Mee glad mee now an inn-door cat bee-cause tryin to live outside was hard an brue-tall mee can tell you.
            An wee catss are like THE bestest Aunty Dee-pressant efurr mee beeleevess! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Cathy Humphries says:

    As always your photos and descriptions of the woods are beautiful. I especially love “Clouds meet forest..and of course the one of Franklin is very handsome. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Lauren says:

    Exquisite colors, as always, Leah.
    Thank you for another beautiful post!

  13. I have two monitors running on my computer and the color of each is a bit different, so adjusting pictures for someone else to look at on their computer, which no doubt has different color values as well is just guesswork! I don’t really fuss too much. The way to judge I think is how they look as a hard copy color print. Today, your photos look well regardless where I look at them! Glad you keep track of those wily raccoons, or is it coyotes that are wily?

    • Catwoods says:

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures, Greg, thank you! And that’s an excellent point about the differing monitors and screens. My head spins when I think about that. The pictures always look better on my phone than anywhere else and it was a relatively inexpensive phone . . . Sometimes I think things were better in the pre-digital age but then I also recall that there was variation is the ways my film snapshots were developed and printed, from store to store. LOL Wile E. was the name of the coyote in The Roadrunner cartoons but I’d say raccoons are also wily … and persistent.

  14. Gorgeous photos! I love fall. I’m glad you have a feline on patrol over those rowdy raccoons! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, I’m happy you like the pictures! I’m partial to fall too, we’re finally getting there and the sun is shining and it’s just glorious outside today! For sure, Franklin’s got us covered when it comes to raccoons!

  15. Beware of rogue garden hoses!

    I like your photos a lot.


    • Catwoods says:

      Neil, thank you so much, I’m happy you like the pictures! Hahaha yeah I’m more careful now about stepping outside when the hose is in use.

  16. Garfield Hug says:

    Beautiful photos!! Well taken

  17. Lavinia Ross says:

    Beautiful photos, Leah, especially Franklin! โค

  18. Washe Koda says:

    Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Washe cat & me keep away from 3 & 5 leafed red clusters in E.Tennessee. ๐ŸŒฟ {poison ivy ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  19. Timothy Price says:

    Great colors. Franklin fits well in the color scheme.

  20. 15andmeowing says:

    Those are great shots.

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