Roarin’ Creek Pics, Curated by Cat

Franklin Hears Things

When the creek’s high we humans can hear it roar from the yard but Franklin hears it from indoors, even before it rises enough to be audible to us. We had a lot of rain this year in winter and spring.

The pictures won’t necessarily be in sequence.

The next two were taken February 12, 2020. I shot through the treesย  because we don’t always go to the creek in winter and spring. You wouldn’t want to slip and fall into some of these floods. Even if you don’t end up in the Gulf of Mexico, you’d have a hard time getting yourself out. The hubs calls the leaning tree on the right-hand side of the picture “The Tenacitree”. It stays there even though a lot of the earth around its roots has washed away.

Currents in a rush

Only two months ago but it feels so distant now

Another reason not to make the longer trek to the creek edge is that it gets buggier and snakeyier as spring seeps in. The next three were taken April 3, 2020:

Blue glimpse

Jazzed flood

Somber rush

The amount of blue reflected from the creek is going to depend on cloud cover, slant of sun-rays, and whichever ways the canopy is letting the light through at a given instant.

These trees are dense but there’s a creek ahead, there really is.

April 3, 2020.

Upstream moods

Looking back, in January we went down close to the creek, like we do in autumn. The stream was at high water and it was colorful.

Swift travels

Downstream had color too:

January waves

And sparkles:

Winter waves and sparkles

And more sparkles:

Wash that shore!

Winter evening’s last picture

Before I left, I took a picture through a small tree.

February 6, 2020. An overcast day, you can see the color of the silt and the sand carried by the water:

Again with the rain and the floods

Then there was April 20, 2020 …

Brilliant waves

… when we went to the flooded creek on impulse. It’s mostly reddish silt and reflected green from leaves; foliage blocks more of the sky so there were only a few traces of blue. It’s now too far for me to walk down to the tenacitree along the creekside route. Which was okay that day as the hubs found a cotton-mouth water moccasin there. Apparently floods tend to wash them up on the banks. So, we likely won’t go all the way down to the creek again until fall.

I might have missed a flood or two in this history, there were so many of them. But May was fairly dry. Now that we’re shifting into summer, next post we’ll have another look back into spring. And more kitten pictures are coming soon too!


Shelley the Gorgeous

Lovely Shelley!

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64 Responses to Roarin’ Creek Pics, Curated by Cat

  1. Candace says:

    Lovely photos!

  2. Dennis says:

    It looks like a very beautiful place!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Dennis, it is beautiful out here when we can take the time to get outside.

      • Dennis says:

        I can imagine. I need that too. Nature helps me to keep my marbles sorted xD Especially when I am very stressed, then nature does help me to feel good again.

  3. Breathtaking images of freshwater ecosystem. The ecosystem does look healthy and I am sure your work both in terms of articles and pictures significantly improve people’s awareness with regards to the value and importance of ecosystems. These watersheds are the lifeblood of Earth and all its component from blue green algae to freshwater fishes are critical component to keep the ecosystem healthy and dynamic. Keep up the brilliant work. Love the pictures of Franklin and Shelley Sweetie for sure! Meow Meow! Ashraf

    • Catwoods says:

      Glad you enjoyed the creek pictures Ashraf! I hope we’ll always be able to protect the creek. We still have some waterways in good shape here. But we’ve had some terrible industrial spills too. The kitties and I thank you! Meows! Leah

  4. davidstone1313 says:

    Lyrical, catching the energies of nature in full color.

  5. cat9984 says:

    Beautiful pictures! How is Franklin adapting to the kittens?

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you cat9.984, I appreciate it! The kittens aren’t at our home with Franklin yet, we have to do some re-arranging and kitten-proofing and things are going to be hectic for awhile. They are at my late Mom’s house in town, where the hubs goes every day to work on the house (it was hit by a tornado in 2011) and spend time with the kittens. I go when I can to have a glorious day with the kittens. Our friend lives in another part of the house with Shelley, and the kittens’ feral parents are stay in the back yard and are being fed there.

  6. The picture of the creek makes me want to be there, hear the water, smell it. So beautiful, I could walk for miles and miles and never tire of it.

    By the way, I love three-colored cats, especially white, orange, and black. A very nice and contrasting combination. How nice of the kitty to pose so perfectly for the camera. Very photogenic.

    • Catwoods says:

      Glad you enjoyed the creek pictures! Torties and calicoes are certainly beautiful cats. Shelley is indeed photogenic but she does move a lot. So I have to keep snapping and maybe one in five pictures will be good. It’s rare to get one from the angle of this picture, where she is looking upward.

  7. Lavinia Ross says:

    Beautiful photos of your woods and creek, Leah. And of course, Franklin and Shelley! โค

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, Lavinia, I’m very happy that you liked the pictures! And Franklin and Shelley thank you too! โค

  8. Mee-yow WOW Miss Leah yore fotoss are so speck-taculur they are like paintinss! Yore creek-river iss amazin…..
    Franklin you have furry guud hearin fore sure. An Shelley you have a guud eye fore fotoss too!
    Thanx fore sharin yore werld with us…it iss furry purrty…..
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma na {{huggiess}} LadyMew

    • Catwoods says:

      BellaDharma and LadyMew, thank you so much for your kind words, Franklin and Shelley and I are happy that you enjoyed our pictures! We are happy you like our little corner of the woods! Purrs and Hugs and Meows!

  9. You create such beauty within the confines of your little creek, wonderful And the cats are wonderful too, goes without saying x

  10. Your creek pictures are like paintings! The leaf in the 3rd to last creek picture looks like a little horse! How cool is that!

    We have a creek behind our home, but since 2007 when we surrounded our property with a fence we can’t get there anymore without trespassing on the neighbor’s. But when I drove that way today, it is very full, even just above flood stage. There was a huge flood in our state (MI), last week when a dam broke and let the whole lake out onto the nearby city. Yikes:(

    And Franklin and Shelly are so sweet to let you ‘take over’ the Cat(Woods) Blog, MOL!!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, Meezer’sMewsandTerrioreristicalWoofs, I’m happy you like the pictures! And I’m glad you pointed out the horse, I hadn’t noticed that before! I heard about that flood in your state, that’s so terrible and I feel for all those affected.
      Ahahahaha, the cats are indeed generous in allowing me to do the writing and picture taking here, because these are indeed, the Cats’ Woods.

  11. We always love to see your beautiful outside pictures, they’re so colourful and peaceful and we always love to see you Franklin and Shelley too ๐Ÿ˜ธPawkisses for a Happy Day to all of you๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Little Binky, Franklin and Shelley and I are all happy you enjoyed our pictures! Cheers and meows for a Happy Day and week for you and family and friends! โค

  12. Garfield Hug says:

    So beautiful…lovely and through the seasons!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘

  13. iamthesunking says:

    Great kitty pictures, although Franklin looks concerned …

    • Catwoods says:

      The kitties and I thank you, iamthesunking. Franklin does look concerned … he has really large and prominent eyes so he often has a startled appearance.

  14. Your photos are stunning! All those colours and shifting moods. Great kitty photos, as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Beautiful photos! How wonderful to live near a creek!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Susanne, I’m very happy that you like the pictures! We do enjoy living by the creek, although it can also be lonesome being in such a remote area. Right now of course, that works well.

  16. Thoroughly enjoyed the “creek tour” – thank you!

  17. Those are wonderful photos. Mom has always wanted to live on a river or lake. Shelley is gorgeous.

  18. 15andmeowing says:

    Shelley is a beauty. I love calicoes. Great photos. I would definitely avoid the area for fear of snakes. XO

    • Catwoods says:

      Shelley and I thank you Ellen! Calicoes rock for sure, and I think Shelley is a rather exceptional beauty. I have had to get used to seeing snakes but I have only ever seen non-venomous rat snakes. The water moccasins are the worst but they do tend to hang out near the water, so I can avoid them during snake season. XO

  19. Brian says:

    Those are amazing photos and the high water can sure be scary! Looks like we’re all in agreement, you’re gorgeous Shelley!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Brian, I’m happy you like the photos! High water is scary to me too. When everything floods here, they have to warn people not to go kayaking on the larger creeks, sigh. Shelley thanks you too!

  20. Great pics!
    There was an elderly woman that i once worked with. She was very sweet. The day before she would “call in sick” or “take a vacation day,” she would say to me, “Tom, the creek’s gonna rise.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Tom, I appreciate it and I’m glad you like the pics! That’s charming about your co-worker! There are a few various sayings about the creek rising for sure. With three days of rain predicted here, our creek’s gonna be risin’ again soon!

  21. Roadtirement says:

    Love the montage of pictures. Shelly is gorgeous (And I can tell she knows it) but I have to ask what mischief led to Franklin’s ear or is it just an illusion? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catwoods says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Roadtirement! Franklin is a former feral who was ear-tipped as part of a Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return program (known as TNR). When feral cat advocates safe trap and have cats neutered, then return them to their home grounds, (usually a colony with a feral cat caretaker to keep them fed), they remove the ear tip surgically during neuter surgery as a visible signal that the cat has been TNRed. That way the same cats won’t be trapped and subjected to surgery again, and people will know they are (likely) part of a managed colony. Franklin walked into a friend’s house and appeared to be not totally feral, but sort of semi-tame. He was also thin so he’d evidently become separated from anyone who might be feeding him. Our friend thought he could be a house cat but couldn’t keep him, so we adopted him. Here’s an in-depth explanation of TNR from Alley Cat Allies:

  22. Herman says:

    Great post and beautiful photographs! And, of course, beautiful cats too…!!

  23. chattykerry says:

    Shelley is lovely – as is your delightful creek! We had a hell of a rainy weekend with amazing thunderstorms. I have yet to go to the pond but I suspect it looks great with some more water.

    • Catwoods says:

      Shelley and I thank you, Kerry! Glad you made it though the storms okay! I think we are getting that rain now although today it was just unstormy rain. Tomorrow may be more turbulent, though.

      • chattykerry says:

        We had a tornado touch down on Sunday some miles west but no damage as far as I know.

        • Catwoods says:

          Wow, I really hate that kind of weather and we saw some these past few months, with hits in other places and some alerts in our location. I sure hope it’s over for everyone, for the time being.

  24. Great pics! And, of course, strike-a-pose kitty!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, I’m happy you like the pictures! I always feel fortunate when I can get a nicely-posed kitty picture, I just have to keep snapping because they don’t stay in one pose for long!

  25. John says:

    Your kitties are so cute!! ๐Ÿฅฐ I love the photos, they took me back to when I was a little boy playing along the crick banks in Michigan both winter and summer. But the skeeters, wow!

    • Catwoods says:

      The kitties and I thank you John! I’m happy you like the photos! There really is nothing like a creek! But you are right about the skeeters, they are bad here too all though the summer, everywhere outdoors, sadly.

  26. Yvon says:

    Franklin and Shelly are cute! And wonderful pictures, thanks for the stories about the creeks.

  27. Good photos! It’s interesting to see the creek at different times of the year. Sweet photo of Shelley too:)

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much Correne, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I usually just post the autumn and winter creek photos, and maybe a few of really early spring. So I was glad to get these posted this year.

  28. Timothy Price says:

    Thats a wonderful photo of Franklin. Shelly is beautiful as always. Nice array of river photos.

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so glad you like the pictures, Tim! I’m always lucky if I can get a good picture of Franklin. Even Shelley is active and doesn’t always want to look right at the camera!

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