Summer Photon Blasts, with Cats, and Music

Frank soaks in the rays

So now that it’s August the light is changing and has a sad feel to it. It reminds us that fall is coming, even though it can be as late as November getting here. So I’ll hang onto summer, with pictures.

Franklin helping me work

Sometimes I’m a Frankin lounger.

Boss blissed out

Other times, I’m a Boss lounger.

Mimosa aloft

Meanwhile, outside in the forest, there’s mimosa.

Rainy day mimosa

This is something I post every year on facebook. I’m a Motown fan. We can’t be doing street dances in summer 2020. So I’ll try posting this video here, Dancing in the Streets by Martha and the Vandellas. I’m never confident about posting videos.

We can be in the forest:

New flower on the forest floor!

We didn’t see this in prior years and I didn’t know what it was. A friend told me it’s Ruellia simplex, AKA Mexican Petunia.

A desirable green haze


Room for sky

Scant room for sky

Leaves galore

And, we can be at the house of The Lovely Kittens and their feral elders.

Moonpie sweetie

Myrtle in the Sky

Sunny Spooky

Crepe Myrtle!

The Lynx

Most skies were partly cloudy this summer so far

Stripey Rocks!

Boss profile

Uncle Jack and Mom Groucho

Mom Groucho has a long muzzle too, so it’s possible Boss got that from her . . .



Shelley, the tortie diva.

The kittens are growing fast and will soon be a year old. They are a joy but they are costly. So if you would like to get my book, Catwoods, it will help us keep all kitties taken care of and we would greatly appreciate it. There’s a link at the upper right hand side of the page, and also a page of online links to get it. All’s cool if you can’t, I appreciate everyone who reads and likes and comments, so much!

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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52 Responses to Summer Photon Blasts, with Cats, and Music

  1. Candace says:

    They’re all darling and kissable.

  2. Love your pics! I have a beautiful cat. Her name is Okee.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much Jacqui, I’m happy you like the pictures! Okee is a marvelous name for a kitty, I am assuming it’s for Lake Okeechobee?

  3. Efurryone lookss so happy an healthy Miss Leah! You are an amain Cat Meowmy!! An Franklin yore lookin furry hansum too!
    Wee still hot as H*LL-O Kitty here….wee will have Summer fore a while yet….
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

    • Catwoods says:

      Ahahahaha about the way you describe the heat, BellaDharma! We’re promised some cooler temps next week, unusual for August for us. Franklin and all kitties thank you for your kind words! Cheers and Meows and Hugs to you and LadyMew!

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    We have noticed the change in light too, more angled now. It is only a little more than 6 weeks until equinox, and the changes will start coming quickly.

    Beautiful photos, Leah, and of course, the dear kitties, too! ❤

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much Lavinia, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures! It’s such beautiful light indeed but also reminds us that summer will end, sigh.

  5. Charlee: “It looks like you are doing a good job holding onto your summer so far!”
    Chaplin: “Keep those sun puddles as long as you can!”

  6. Thanks Leah. I keep a log of some of the global days, for example Feb 2 is world wetland day, Wetlands are not wasteland and they are the seven star restaurants for water fowls and human species across the tropics. Think of mangrove ecosystems in Southern United States as example. Yes, I will enjoy my birthday, life is too short, and I will try to make the most of it. I will let you know about Global Jaguar Day … I think its in winter but I forgot it. Best! Ashraf

  7. Thanks Leah. Thanks for your wonderful words and for taking time and effort to reply to your readers. I know it is hard work and you do care, hence I appreciate your words. My Grace Sweetie will also be 4 year old tomorrow (August 6), its her 4th Birthday. I bought some cooked fish and ham for her for tomorrow. Yes, August is great month. Global Lion Day is on August 10, Global Cat Day is on August 08, Grace Sweeties Birthday is on August 06, July 29 was Global Tiger Day (as you may have seen some of my work on that in the past) and my Birthday is on August 15 hehehe. So its a month of celebration I guess. Not much for me, because my beloved father crossed the rainbow bridge on June 10, 2020. Pancreatic cancer killed him. He was 75 year old. Amazing how time runs like torpedo …. Salud! Ashraf

    • Catwoods says:

      Ashraf, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. I know it’s very hard to lose a parent. That is very nice of you to celebrate your Grace Sweetie’s birthday. I know she will appreciate it, in a cat sort of way, of course. I didn’t know about Global Lion Day and Global Tiger Day, that’s good to know, and I do remember your post about the tigers. And I hope you can have a Happy Birthday, even with the sad circumstances. All the best wishes, Leah

  8. Spiritedly motivating post Leah. Thanks for keeping our spirit alive with your passion and endeavor to help nature in general and cats in particular. Franklin is proper sweetie anyway and all your other feral cats made me happy. Shelly looks like my Yuki sweetie for sure and that Lynx is proper Bushcat like my Megan Sweetie. I like that deep violet wild flower from your forest floor. Keep up the brilliant work and just so you know August 08 is International Cat Day! Happy Cat Day Leah! Saludos! Ash

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Ashraf, for all your kind words, and the kitties thank you too! I’m so glad our kitties make you happy, they make us happy too! I also have always enjoyed seeing the pictures of your kitties and reading about them! The flower was a welcome surprise to us, too. I didn’t know that August 8th is International Cat Day! A Happy Cat Day to you, too, Ashraf! Cheers and Meows!

  9. Great photography, and I looove Shelly’s face!

  10. YOu natre s of the kind that makes petcretary feel envious!! MOL!

    It is a beautiful area where you are at. Those mimosa trees are special, for sure. Love how they ‘weep’ when they are touched, so the rain seems to make them feel sad, even though they need it!
    Their flowers are so pretty and delicate.
    As is that Ruellia of the Acanthus Family…imagine calling it a kind of petunia, when its not even related to those??!

    Your kitties are so beautiful, and the sunshine makes them glow…with happiness at being loved and cared for.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Petcretary of Meezer’sMews&TerrioristicalWoofs, the kitties and I appreciate it! I looked a little at the plant names and you are right, it isn’t related to the petunia, but sort of visually resembles it. It’s also called a Mexican Bluebell, no resemblance there. Those popular names may have evolved long ago before any scientific classification (?)

  11. Enjoyed seeing the nature photos and all the cats roaming about. By the calendar Summer is not close to over yet, but I feel it passing as well. . . .

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Greg, I’m happy you enjoyed the photos! We’ll be green long past the time the leaves start to change in other regions, but all the talk of school starting, and the changes in the light . . .

  12. Yvon says:

    Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures of Nature and the kitties 😻
    purrs Annie&Charlie

  13. Brian says:

    Such wonderful and happy sweeties, we enjoyed seeing them all.

  14. -Eugenia says:

    Beautiful photos and I love your kitties.

  15. 15andmeowing says:

    All your kitties are beautiful, especially Shelley. I love torties, my Joanie is a dilute tortie. Beautiful blooms. I can’t wait for fall, it is my favorite time of year, summer is my least favorite with the heat and humidity. XO

    • Catwoods says:

      The kitties and I thank you Ellen, we appreciate it! Torties and dilute torties are pretty cats. Your Joanie is gorgeous; our Spotty from the book was a dilute tortie with white feet. I actually like summer since here it’s the time when the air is the most stable and we don’t have to worry about severe storms as much. Fall is a close second favorite with me. XO

  16. The kitties are beautiful! The outdoor photos are lovely too.

  17. Gosh, I haven’t seen a mimosa tree since I was a tree. They are considered weak limbed often taken down by storm damage but they are so beautiful in bloom! Beautiful cats!

    • Catwoods says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Kate! Mimosas are everywhere here, the ones in my late Mom’s yard got torn up by the tornado but they came back.

  18. Hi. Dancing In The Streets never gets old. That recording sounds great every time you hear it. Take care. See ya!

  19. These are lovely photos!

  20. John says:

    Such beautiful kitty photos, wow! ❤️ Deetroit City will always be the Motor City for me. My Michigan home.

  21. Bernadette says:

    The kitties are all beautiful. So are the woods!

  22. Timothy Price says:

    I love all your kitties. Beautiful photos.

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