Cats and Flowers of a Gloomy Spring

Wisteria busting out all over


High in the Sweetgum Tree

As we all know the news is gloomy. And, many of our days have been gray. We had so much rain the creek stayed roarin’, so we didn’t make a close-up spring creek trip this year. Now it’s too buggy and soon, it may be too snakey.

These pictures won’t be edited, as I can’t do that right now. We put a bigger hard drive in the computer, for more pictures. Somehow that means Photo Shop doesn’t work; we’re working on the fix but it’s going to take time. There may be enough color in the flower pics, though I’d prefer more.

Most of these wildflowers are now gone. Spring came early and now we are all GREEN. Except the sky, it’s blue. For awhile, anyway.

Franklin lounging

Franklin enjoys the sounds and smells of active spring critters.

Unknown berries of blue appeared in January

This first color of the year in the picture above startled me, as I don’t recall seeing it in the woods before.


The blue flowers called Spiderwort were some of the first, along with the dandelions. Town usually blooms first, but dandelions popped out in both locations at once.

Dandy Lions

Dandelion puffball

A mix of flower colors and shapes


More Spiderwort on the way!

The pinks!

One part of a ginormous plant

Gray Day Aloft

The Violets!

Last year’s pine

The wintry forest floor that violets grow into; note the leaves at the top right.

The most glorious dandelion

The mad, wild, wisteria:

Wisteria with bonus butterfly or moth

I looked on the Internet and through a bug guide I have, and a perplexing number of species look like the bug in the picture. One is a UK butterfly. To me the closest is a moth called the Emerald, a member of the Nemoria species. They are partial to deciduous woodlands, which is where I saw this.


Doing the twist

Lavender excess

About to spring on a cloudy day

The Green Anole

It was like this for about three (not so) blissful weeks

Wisteria within reach

Violets going gangbusters

Shelley, tortoiseshell with white coloration, felis sylvestris catus

Lagniappe: our friend’s beautiful Shelley. No confusion about species here.

We see this and know the blooming’s about to bow out

Petals on the road meant the wisteria floral surge was ending, as of about a week ago. So I hastened to do the spring post ahead of the feral and kitten news. I may even be on time for those who still have early spring flowers.

While awaiting our latest new cat post, here’s my Catwoods book, so you can read about past years! We go back a long way! Here’s Franklin in front of Borgo Publishing, link below.

Franklin in front of the lovely Borgo Publishing site

Borgo Publishing Catwoods page

About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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89 Responses to Cats and Flowers of a Gloomy Spring

  1. -Eugenia says:

    Gorgeous photos!

  2. Love the wisteria. lavender and lilac are my favorite colors.

  3. Love these jacarandas. We have them here, too. But they’re not in full bloom yet. I love seeing the purple against the blue sky. Most of the time blue in springtime. When you see nature, you feel alive.

    On my way to work, I walk in a path framed by jacarandas on one side. There’s often a bee or two circling above fallen flowers on the ground. Love it. As much as I hate having to go back to work.

    • Catwoods says:

      The Jacarandas are indeed pretty! I hope they bloom for you soon! For sure, the natural world can make a difference in our lives. Our wisterias are gone now but it was nice while it lasted. Sounds like you have one perk on our way to work!

      By the way, I thought I was following your site but wordpress said otherwise, so I re-followed today. I’ve seen that happen with other sites lately too.

  4. terrepruitt says:

    The pictures don’t need editing. They are gorgeous!

  5. Brandon says:

    Beautiful photos! Wow!

    I love this season.

    Thanks for sharing (:

  6. Lots of beautiful colors! Our neighbor’s wisteria hasn’t bloomed yet. Your pinks look like Chinese fringe plants – we have some in our front yard but they haven’t bloomed yet. Our daffodils, hyacinth, and crab apple have bloomed and we’re waiting on the galdiolus. Our roses are in bloom and the day lilies will be next.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Indulgedfurries! I think you are right about the Chinese fringe plants, I saw someone identify the plant online awhile back and I just totally forgot the name, things are so hectic these days. Sounds like you have so many beautiful blooms right now! I saw some roses blooming the other day, and some iris.

  7. the pictures are beautiful, and you look marvellous, Franklin😸Clean Pawkisses for a Happy Monday. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞

    • Catwoods says:

      Little Binky Franklin and I thank you so much for your kind words! Have a Happy Monday and week! We are trying to stay safe and we send the same wishes for happiness and safety to you and yours, too!

  8. Macrine Jangu says:

    The images are so amazing and you know so much about plants and flowers…
    Looking forward to more of your flowers…and plants….and animals

  9. So lovely! Thanks for the bright spark on a rainy day

  10. RMW says:

    We need beautiful flowers and plants in our lives right now…. enjoyed seeing the wisteria in particular… hope you get Photoshop sorted… your photos look great but I know you love playing with them!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks RMW, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures! We haven’t gotten the Photoshop taken care of yet, everything’s crazy busy . . . but we will do it eventually.

  11. DS Levy says:

    Leah, I write to you on late a Sunday, wishing you and your husband and Franklin a Happy Easter. I also write worrying about you with the terrible storms and tornados coming through the South — I do hope that you all are safe; I know you watch the skies and always are prepared. Stay safe, on several fronts.

    These are strange and gloomy days indeed. We’ve been holding up in Michigan, where we have some room to roam. My darn iPad keyboard broke as soon as we got here and I haven’t been very good with my correspondence because I can’t hunt-and-peck on the screen so well.

    Leah, I did want to tell you that I advertised your book on Twitter and got 176 views and 6 interactions. I plan to run it again this week.

    Love your gorgeous photos, as always. And that Franklin — how can it be that he gets more stunningly handsome with each new picture? 🐱

    Stay well, stay safe, my friend!

    • Catwoods says:

      Deb, it’s good to hear that you are still saying safe in Michigan, but sorry to hear about the iPad problem. And I hope you and your husband and animals had a Happy Easter. On that day we were dodging tornadoes, yikes. We were in the polygon for one at my late Mom’s house which was hit before. It did skip us and it went on the ground after moving away from us and I still haven’t heard about the extent of the damage, because there was widespread power outage. Where we actually live, the power was out until late last night. So I’m shaken and exhausted, and thinking, if I wasn’t so old and so ill I think I’d want us to seek another place to live. Maybe just take off in an RV!
      Thank you so much for posting my book on Twitter! I really appreciate it! And I do hope to get a review done of your book, and have jotted down some thoughts, but I move slowly now and have felt much weaker of late. I hope I’ll perk up some in the next few days . . .
      Franklin likes your comment very much! That boy is rather full of himself.
      Deb I too send hopes for your safety and wellness, you are a good friend!

  12. Marv says:

    The one thing that Mom misses about living up here in the mountains is Wisteria. Our spring flowers are just starting to poke out of the ground, We have some dandelions and buttercups blooming though so we know that all the others will be following soon!
    Happy Easter to you and yours from us and ours!
    Purrs Marv, Ninja, Jo Jo, Kozmo and Cinnamon (and Mom)

    • Catwoods says:

      Here’s hoping y’all and your Mom had a Happy Easter, Marv! And that your spring flowers are soon in full bloom! (I’m late answering this due to a rather harrowing severe weather event. We are okay, just rattled.)

  13. Charlee: “That dandelion puff ball looks like it would be fun to bat around!”
    Lulu: “Having experienced dandelion puffballs firsthand, Charlee, let me tell you that I think you would be disappointed after the first swat.”

  14. davidstone1313 says:

    A nice, refreshing break. Thanks.

  15. Chandra Lynn says:

    I am ACHING for a nature walk. Your photos are the next best thing. Thank you for this.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Chandra Lynn, I’m happy whenever I can help in any way! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures! I hope there is some way you can get out in nature as soon as possible.

      • Chandra Lynn says:

        We are now on lockdown. No going out except for essentials and walking in neighborhood. Our neighborhood is newish, so there are no mature trees. 😦

      • Catwoods says:

        Oh yeah I did sort of forget the lockdown guidelines, for a moment as I’m mostly housebound anyway so it didn’t change much for me. And I really think it’s for the best for now. I actually think getting out to a natural setting with one’s home group only, should be considered an essential trip out. I enjoy the woods but I also feel too isolated at times. I’ve now taken some treetop pics coming up later. Take care and stay safe and hopefully one day, somehow, things will change and we can all go out again!

  16. Pazlo says:

    Oh, the wellspring of color and life these pictures bring.
    You have brightened my day, Leah!



  17. Franklin is for sure an interesting species of catflower! You know, like a cousin of the Dandy Lion!

    All beautiful springtime images! I did not know that wisteria grew wild like that, Wow! Wish I could grow that here, in zone 6.

    • Catwoods says:

      Ahahahaha Meezer’sMews&TerrioristicalWoofs, you are so right, Franklin no doubt belongs to the family of Dandy Lion! Thank you for your kind words about the pictures! I’m not sure about how far north wisteria can be grown. I wonder if you could get an acclimated variety from a nursery. One purple flower I love that grows farther north, but not here, is Lilac. At least, I know a friend tried to grow some and couldn’t get it going.

  18. cat9984 says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous even without enhancement. And Franklin is always good looking 🐱

  19. Pam Lazos says:

    Still beautiful, Leah, gloom (and doom) aside. 🙏😂

  20. Cats and flowers–my favorite! Such beautiful deep purples!

  21. catsworking says:

    Wisteria, lilac, violets are my favorites. I have a scrubby little purple wildflower that looks like a bottle brush coming up in my yard every year. Have no idea what it is. I let the yard go long after it should have its first mowing until that little flower dies out. I’m partial to purple flowers, it seems.

  22. Leah, thank you for sharing your gorgeous springtime images. What a wonderful way to start my day. Shelley is darling, and needless to say, but I will, Franklin is stunning. Maybe the green moth is a fairy! 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Pamela, I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures! Shelley and Franklin thank you too! Interesting idea about that little green sprite, you could be right!

  23. I always love your posts but this one was especially nice. We’re still in winter mode up here at the 51st parallel but I see the teeniest tiniest hint of budding on the maples. I am so looking forward to seeing flowers soon.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you tumbleweedstumbling, I’m happy you enjoyed the post. I hope you have spring soon, we were actually a little earlier than usual.

  24. Nice post. Never mind the Photo Shop snafu, your words present the story nicely!

    • Catwoods says:

      Mary thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! Spring just burst out early and wouldn’t wait just because the tech went kaput!

  25. iamthesunking says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Obviously the cat ones are my favourites, but the nature ones are the most incredible colours. Our wisteria isn’t out yet. It’s still at the point where the flowers look like wheat stalks.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you iamthesunking, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures! I always enjoy yours of Louis Catorze and the stories of him you write! We’re pretty far south in the US so I expect our wisteria to be early, but it was earlier than usual this year even for us.

  26. Really gorgeous set of images Leah. Enjoyed seeing the images and reading your spellbound piece. The images of wild flowers are very bright and that green lizard is astoundingly charismatic. As always, enjoyed seeing Franklin and Shelley for sure. Thanks for sharing. Best! Ashraf

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Ashraf, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! I love seeing the green lizards every year but I haven’t seen many after that brief span of time. Franklin and Shelley thank you too! Cheers, Leah

      • Reptiles and amphibians in my opinions are the heart and soul of earth’s ecosystems. They survived Dinosaur’s extinction and walked the earth for over 200 million years. I just admire them too much. Among all other species (little over 2 million species are discovered so far) that are found and catalogued, terrestrial vertebrates (Mammal, Bird, Reptile and Amphibian) comprise roughly 3% of all the species. Within these, amphibians (frogs, toads, salamander and caecilians) and reptiles are most vulnerable to extinction. Roughly 40% of reptiles and amphibians are threatened with extinction comparing to only 19% of mammals on earth. If you spot any reptile or Amphibian when you are in the forest, can you record its latitude and longitude. Your cell phone with GPS app will able to do that. Once you record it, you can pass it to me and I will then create a digital map to estimate their spatial distribution pattern. That map will then help you to locate them more because you will then know where they usually hangs out geographically …. Saludos! Ashraf

        • Catwoods says:

          I’ve always liked reptiles and amphibians! As for GPS tagging I can try but I’m not too good with tech, and right now we are occupied with trying to ensure that we have enough supplies as everything is closed. I can say that over the decades we have lived in this forested area we are now seeing the numbers of toads and frogs and lizards go down. They were once abundant, as were insects. Snakes were here too and probably still are. I have actually photographed a few I knew were nonvenomous. We don’t use any pesticides here but those are no doubt used in surrounding areas. Insect numbers have decreased too. That’s sad but at least we will try to leave this place as a protected area that cannot be used for industry. Meows, Leah

          • Hi Leah, thanks for your candid reply as always. I am pleased to know you folks are trying to safeguard the ecosystem with the aim of protecting its ecological and biological diversity. Against the backdrop of corona outbreak, something recently strike my chord. You probably heard of Chytrid. Its a fungus and the disease emanated from this fungus is called Chytridiomycosis. Chytriodiomycosis is an epidemic and its outbreak has wiped out large proportion of frog species across the globe. The severity of this outbreak remain unabated. The epidemic is so pronounced that it has wiped out entire single population size in frogs’ stronghold from Yosemite to Panama (Central America harbors the highest frog diversity on earth). Consider the sufferings to the frogs by Chytrid but no headlines were made, no one really cared other than handful of wildlife biologists or few people like you and I per se. Now against the backdrop of corona outbreak, I keep thinking how the frogs are silently suffering the pain …. when media and newspaper are busy making storm out of tea cup focusing corona of course. It shows how selfishness of anthropocentric public, media, newspapers and its surrogate bandwagons. Towards Helping the Frogs! Ashraf

            • Catwoods says:

              I’ve always loved frogs and I had heard of that disease and the danger to frog populations. It makes me very sad and I think there is knowledge to be learned from overcoming these diseases that will help both animals and humans. Taking care of natural spaces and animals will always benefit humans. I don’t like to be disagreeable but I do think the COVID19 virus is a serious situation for humans. So I have to advise that everyone be careful, stay home and take precautions to stay safe. The case count is rapidly increasing in my area, hospital workers are getting it despite precautions, and the mortality rate is high. It’s not always older people who die, there are some dying at much younger ages. My husband and I are in the high risk group due to age and both having medical conditions. I am putting off having a medical procedure at the hospital for the time being. All our plans to protect our cats (we have some I haven’t posted about due to various computer matters etc.) and to protect the place we live will not happen if we are not around to arrange it. I just hope a cure can be found quickly, or perhaps when there are more recovered people, their antibodies can help cure others. Meows!

  27. I love the photos. 🙂

  28. Hi. To me anyway, wisteria flowers form a shape similar to pine cones. I never thought about that before.

    Take care. Stay well.

    Neil Scheinin

    • Catwoods says:

      Neil, I think you are absolutely right about the similarities of wisteria and pine cones! I never thought of it either although there are certainly pine cones near to these scenes for comparison! You take care too and stay safe and well!

  29. Lavinia Ross says:

    Beautiful flowers, Leah. I especially love the wisteria, and of course, Franklin and Shelly. 🙂

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Lavinia, and the kitties thank you too. I’ve always really loved wisteria myself, too bad it’s only around for such a short time!

  30. Timothy Price says:

    Beautiful photos. Our Wisteria is just sort of thinking about blooming. Pretty Green Anole. Franklin needs to take lessons in lounging from Loki. He looks wide-eyed and not very relaxed. Shelley has an expectant look. She is beautiful. Franklin is a handsome boy.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Tim, also from Franklin and Shelley! Funny you should mention the way Franklin looks at everything at this time. Yesterday I saw a video of Scottish Wildcats, a small wildcat that has never been tamed even in captivity, and I realized that Franklin’s gaze is similar to theirs. We don’t know his background for his first 10 months and he is uncivilized in some ways. He is bitey and we have to be careful when he’s in that mood. More on that when I’m able to post about the kittens we now have in town, who have been socialized since an early age.

  31. Don’t have any flowers on my property yet except dandelions! Nice to see yours! I suspect the bulbs will come up soon.

    • Catwoods says:

      Hopefully you’ll have some flowers soon, Greg! What happened here was early even for us! Glad you enjoyed the flowers here!

  32. 15andmeowing says:

    Shelley and Franklin are such cuties. Beautiful blooms. Praying you and your family stay healthy. XO

  33. Photos are gorgeous … as one who edits EVERY photo I keep, I understand the frustration! But so glad you didn’t hold back. These brighten my day considerably. Love the wisteria. And what a delightful image of Shelley looking upward – I’ll take that expression as confidence that all is going to be just fine.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Jazz, I appreciate it and I’m so happy if I can brighten someone’s day! I so hope you are right about Shelley!

  34. Mee-yow wow what gorgeeuss flowerss there!! A rye-ot of color….youss are furry lucky….wee have Sorry Snowdropss an nothin else so far.
    Iss weerd as there iss no snow but not reelly spring eether. It iss liek Mother Nature iss holdin her breath or sumthin Miss Leah…
    Shelley iss a purrty Kitty girl. An Franklin yore so man catly hansum!!
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} LadyMew

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and Shelley and I thank you so much, BellaDharma and LadyMew! I hope you get some spring soon! We are very much farther south than you are but our spring wasn’t typical either. We were earlier this year, even though we still have some cooler weather ahead according to the predictions.

      • Spring iss sorta confused here…maybee with efurryone stayin home Spring thinkss wee are not here??? An THE Weather Man meowed ’bout S-N-O-W on Fursday! CATFISH!

        • Catwoods says:

          Yikers, snow! But, we are supposed to have cooler than average weather here on the following week, so winter just isn’t done with this continent, I guess. No snow predicted but in the past we’ve had brief snow in April and even May. Stay safe and warm, BellaDharma and LadyMew!

  35. John says:

    Franklin is a very handsome dude! Your photos are still really nice without edits, I hope you get your machine squared up soon! 👍🏻😊

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