Cool Snaps, Warm Winds, Leaf Colors, and Cats for Company

Franklin snuggles during the recent cool snap.

Even wild guy Franklin stayed cozy with me during the recent cool snap. Saturday, everything turned eerily warm as the remnants of the hurricane came dragging air from the Gulf. Frankie knew that storm was out there and he doesn’t like storms, so he again hopped aboard. There wasn’t much wind here, fortunately.

Zooming the creek

Leaves are really starting to turn now, but when this was taken a week or so back you could see that the water was reflecting the greenness above. So far I’m taking pictures from high above the creek instead of going down there. I’ve had some back trouble, so I hope I’ll be able to make several treks to be right by the stream this fall.

American Beautyberries

These Beautyberries are a sign of fall here.

Lavender froth


Some leaves are turning


These reds are ahead of the crowd


Shaggy green

Definite greens but looking worn, droopy, and crinkled from dry weather. That changed today.

Last green ripples

I have no resistance to the creek!

Ground-level autumn

Glance down and autumn is there!

Big yellow

The yellow leaf is from a Tulip Tree.

Something’s afoot


Shining Creek

This creek pic and the two of the ground are from the camera, and in a way I like them better than the phone pics.



Mary Shelley

Our friend’s cat Shelley, intrigued and curious.

Leaf colors have begun changing more rapidly over the last few days. So, stay tuned for something much more autumny! And, please do consider getting my book, which is actually the cats’ book too, by clicking on the cover at the upper right or going to the “Order the Catwoods Book Online” page. It’s 363 pages so that’s a lot of kitty reading! It will make a great holiday present!

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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54 Responses to Cool Snaps, Warm Winds, Leaf Colors, and Cats for Company

  1. Nothing is more spiriting and joyful than watching cat’s activities or even no activities while they are laying down snoozing. I can even watch that all day Leah! It makes me happy! It’s also called ‘Brilliant Minds, Think Alike’ Leah! Recently I purchased a cat tree for my sweeties, and Grace Sweetie seems to be making the best of it. I made some video clips, I will put it up in my website, when I get some time! Paws Up! Ashraf

  2. Great post Leah. Brilliant colorful and vibrating images of leaves and the image of Franklin and Shelley made me happy. Meooow! Paws Up and Keep Up the Good Work! Saludos! Ashraf

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much Ashraf! I’m always very happy when you like my pictures! The kitties, and getting a picture of them that at least fair, always make me happy too! Meows, Leah.

  3. Great work, Leah, and thanks for the comments on, Elm Drive Images.

  4. RMW says:

    I love all the leaves

  5. Franklin is one dapper looking kitty! He’ll get the girls all excited.

    Your snaps are so beautiful….like paintings. Thanks for the glimpse.


  6. Carole Schulman says:

    And Franklin! HUBBA HUBBA DING DONG DING! Whew…is it hot in here or is it me?
    By the way, now mommy knows the name of the berries she took a picture of in the arboretum thanks tho your Mom.
    XOX Katie Isabella

    • Catwoods says:

      Ahahaha Franklin hears you Katie Isabella, he’s very flattered and says, you are a fetching kitty girl!
      I love the Beautyberries! We used to have a lot but they’re just weren’t as many this year.
      XO and purrs from the kitties!

  7. Carole Schulman says:

    SHELLY! You are GORGEOUS!!! Mommy and I loved all the pictures of the leaves and trees and then you were at the end like dessert!
    Katie Isabella on Blogspot.

  8. chattykerry says:

    It looks exactly the same here, Leah, although the beautyberries came out a month or so ago. The plums are heavy on the trees and I hope we have seen the last of the hurricanes. K x

    • Catwoods says:

      We are moving along now, but still slowly. I hope to have another post up in a few days . . . I hear you about hurricanes! Cheers and Meows! Leah

  9. Your pictures are always so special and serene, Franklin and Leah and so good to see Mary Shelley too😸Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday🐾😽💞

  10. Charlee: “Dennis wasn’t a fan of storms, either!”
    Chaplin: “Not that we get them very often here in Southern California of course.”
    Lulu: “What are you talking about? I hear scary booms all the time! I’m sure it’s thunder!”
    Charlee: “That’s just the Marine base, Lulu.”
    Chaplin: “We keep telling you, it’s harmle—”
    Lulu: “IT’S SCARY THUNDER!!!”

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    I like your autumn photos of colors reflected in the creek – lovely! You’ve had lots of rain this summer, the opposite of us, but we’re getting some rain tonight. We have a ways to go to catch up on the 9″ below average rainfall.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Eliza, I’m happy you liked the pictures! We’re only in the beginning and at some point we’ll have multi-color reflections on the creek. I do hope you get the rain needed to make up for dry conditions! We’ve had a lot but we’re now shifting into a dryer pattern.

  12. Geri Lawhon says:

    I love the markings on Mary Shelley’s face. Thanks for posting this article and the photos.

  13. I long to go for a walk in the woods!

  14. Beautiful pictures…thank you for the walk through the woods.

  15. cat9984 says:

    Shelley has the most beautiful markings

  16. Beautiful colors. Our trees are still green.

  17. Correne says:

    Beautiful close up of Franklin. I love this time of year with the leaves changing. You have a lovely area for walking and photographing nature. Shelley is so cute:)

    • Catwoods says:

      Franklin and Shelley and I thank you, Correne! I do love seeing the leaves change! Wish they would just hang around and we could skip winter!

  18. We are just starting to turn here. It will be about 2 weeks before our leaf color peaks. Then we have a lot of leaves to rake before the bad weather!

    • Catwoods says:

      Wow that happens fast! We started some slight turning in September but we have a ways to go, I’m not sure how much longer it will be since it’s happening so slowly. . . Having to rake it all quickly does sound hectic!

  19. catscue says:

    Such a beautiful place you live in, keep us posted on the color changes! I have to ask, that last picture, is the cats name ‘Mary Shelley”? If so, I just love that!

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m going to try to keep up with the color changes but I am already running behind, lol. I usually end up posting them on into December and January . . .
      Shelley is a friend’s cat who was named Shelley for her tortoiseshell colors. They don’t do internet So they let me photograph her and post her pics. I do think of her as Mary Shelley and tend to call cats by several variations of their names, so I just post her with that name occasionally.

  20. Your creek region is very pretty!! I love fall, too. This year the trees are wonderful shades of red, orange and yellow, and when the storm clouds drop in, it makes for a stunning background. Of course I only see that when I am driving, so there are no pics…sheesh, I should make some time for a local color tour!

    • Catwoods says:

      Oh that sounds really beautiful, Meezer’sMews&TerreristicalWoofs!! I’m looking forward to when it happens here, but now that I look out today I think it will be slower than I thought. I hope you can make it out for a fall tour!

  21. Beautiful photos and beautiful kitties. 🙂

  22. There’s a lot going on behind Franklin’s eyes!

  23. Timothy Price says:

    You still have a lot of green. Beautiful photos. Franklin still looks mischievous snuggling. Mary Shelley is so beautiful.

    • Catwoods says:

      Ha! Franklin is indeed, always up to something! I’m happy you like the pictures and Shelley thanks you too! We sure do have lots of green and if you ask me, those reds are actually a little early this year.

  24. Brian says:

    The leaves are pretty and amazing this time of year and we’re all really quite fond of Snuggle Season. Franklin, you’ve got the right idea!!!

    • Catwoods says:

      I’m so looking forward to more kitty snuggling too Brian; but it will also make it hard to get away and go out to catch all the things the leaves are doing!

  25. Lavinia Ross says:

    A beautiful selection of autumn photos, Leah, and of course, dear little Shelley!

  26. John says:

    Nice photos, so much color! I miss the sound of running water. I grew up calling a creek a Crick.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks John, I’m happy you like the pictures! I do like hearing running water, too. Interesting about saying Crick, I’m interested in language variations. Around here it’s often called a Branch, I didn’t grow up here but I’m immersed in the regional language variants.

  27. floridaborne says:

    Beautiful kitties. 🙂

    I have one that is kitty-glue, one that won’t come in except to eat (or if it’s cold or rainy) and one that likes to find odd places to stay in the house and insists that her litter box and food/water is nearby – even if it’s in the attic.

    They are all so different– and so wondrous. 🙂

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