Fall Haunts Us, with Cats Presenting

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Franklin is here to present more – not the last – of our autumn pictures; these are from October and November of the year we won’t mention. We’re done with it but the trees outdid themselves, know nothing of calendars, and I feel “meh” about winter. So here comes part of the recent color parade, and Franklin has consented to an uneasy alliance with Shelley to bring these to y’all. The Kittens pics will be back later; “Phsssst to kittens” says Frank.

Cowcumber leaf arrival

Trees sprinkled leaves slowly and capriciously but the creek still did astonishing work.

Canopy displaced

I love the festive, colorful lights of December but I didn’t get many pics of those so these will have to do . . .



Seeing upside down

Along for the ride

Pastel Extraction

Stop and reflect

Reflection Detection

Looking across

Tree sprites

The non-rapids

Brightened edges

The trees helped:

Piebald Sky

Cloudy bright

Later-reds and evergreens

Coal on creek bank

Hey, we found a lump of coal washed up on the creek bank! LOL what could this mean, so close to Christmas!?


Our friend’s beautiful Shelley

Stay tuned for the photos from late November to early December, they are even weirder than these are!

And do check out my MUSE Award winning book, Catwoods, where words paint the stories of the (so-called) domesticated cats who have always lived with us in this forest, and other settings. Purchase of the book will help us care for Franklin, some ferals, and our adult Kittens. (Franklin: “Phsssssst to The Kittens!” Me: “Oh hush Frank, you know you’ll always be top cat.” Franklin: “Ya got that right!”)

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93 Responses to Fall Haunts Us, with Cats Presenting

  1. da-AL says:

    goodness you’ve outdone yourself yet again!

  2. Okay, now I swear I’ve commented here before … but apparently not?!? I LOVE the bright and beautiful colors in your photography. Every single one looks like a painting! I usually eschew bright colors and bold statements – but these pictures are so perfect – and so beautiful!

    • Leah says:

      I think you did comment before MK, but on another post maybe(?) Thank you and I’m so happy you like the photos! I tend to like intense color myself, the Fauvists are some of my all-time favorites. But I can enjoy more muted color schemes with subtle color, too. I often wish I could take a few more “natural” looking photos, but that just never seems to work out for me, lol, I always crank up the color volume.

  3. Great post Leah! Franklin brings back memory of my Megan Sweetie! Shelly looks like my Yuki Sweetie and I think she is calico cat which can only give birth to female kittens. The images of colorful leaves are pretty vibrating indeed and help makes feel better! Keep up the great work! Saludos! Ashraf

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Ashraf, I appreciate it! I’m happy if my pictures can brighten your day! I’m still sad about the loss of your Megan Sweetie. I will go back and look at your cat pictures, I bet Shelley does look your Yuki Sweetie! All the best, Leah

      • Thanks Leah! Yes, my Megan Sweetie is gone for one month now, the house feels empty as she was the one who always talked to me. I miss her a lot and every weekend I go to her graveyard to see her. I buried her deep inside a small but secluded forest patch where people hardly goes. Its teemed with squirrels, and various birds, I remember Megan used to chase birds and squirrels when she was young. Therefore, if there is something called spirit, I hope her spirit will enjoy that forest patch. In her last days before she passed way, she brought me two big rats, she hardly hunts and I was very surprised that she went extra miles, probably negotiated busy roads, people, cars and all other human disturbances and took risk with her ill health conditions and brought me bag rats. I am pretty sure, it was her way of expressing that she was happy and grateful. I was with her when she passed away and it was peaceful and gentle transition and I can tell by her face, no pain, no agony, peaceful, happy transition….. I hope to see her over the rainbow bridge once my time comes….

        • Leah says:

          Ashraf, that is so moving, I am close to tears. These little cats do really care about their humans, and they do indeed bring us what they catch to show that. They are so unusual among all the animals, they are partly little wild critters but they form such deep friendships with us. May you take comfort in these good memories of your Megan Sweetie.

          • Thanks Leah! As a matter of fact, I myself is in transition stage, transition from wildlife ecology to computer science but my inner core will always revolves around cats and all other non human species. I am building my computer science portfolio and I have incorporated wild cat project in it. I dedicated wild cat project to my Megan Sweetie! The hotspot link is http://bushmaster.myftp.org From there you can click Project Wild Cat to take a look the project pages. It’s still at its infancy, so I still have lot of work to do. I am coding all from scratch and hosting my sites from my own home server powered by Linux and Apache of course! Paws Up! Ashraf

            • Leah says:

              Wow, Ashraf, that looks so great! A beautifully designed website. You are so talented, I’m sure you will do well in computer science!

              • Thanks Leah! I will let you know when the cat project is in good shape. I plan on making the project as dynamic database driven web application, similar to ebay, amazon, paypal, etc. So that folks can query search all the 38 cats …. the cat database is completed, I just need to learn more technologies so that I can incorporate it in wild cat web pages…. Saludos! Ashraf

  4. These are gorgeous. Many of your photos look like paintings!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    An artist’s palette of color – beautiful!

  6. I love the color in your photos! Do you offer any for sale?

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much, I’m happy you like the pictures! I don’t have them for sale right now, but I’ve considered it in the future, since I’ve been asked about that several times.

  7. inese says:

    Beautiful leaves and reflections, each a painting. Hope your 2021 is happy and colorful.

  8. Franklin,
    Keep those fall photos coming, it’s our favorite time of year. I could sit by the window for hours and chase the gold leaves that fly by!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

    • Leah says:

      Franklin and I would love to post more photos . . . we have some . . . We thank you for your kind words and we are glad you enjoyed the pictures, and that you enjoy the fall, Oliver!
      Purrs and Meows,
      Franklin and Shelley

  9. catscue says:

    ‘Best of all, he loved the Fall’ – Hemingway. And I have to agree, winter here in Texas is brown and boring.

    • Leah says:

      I do love the fall, too, catscue, and I did not know that quote, thanks! Our winter is mostly muted browns and reddish colors; we do have some pines, and actually quite a few leafy evergreen plants around, but I still find it uninspiring.

  10. RMW says:

    I always love your reflection photos… and the right side up ones too. Right now there is a giant butt blocking my computer screen so it’s hard to type… but we all have to work around our feline assistants, don’t we?

  11. meowmeowmans says:

    Wow, the colors are brilliant in these photos, Leah. Congratulations on your Muse!

  12. Those fall leaves look like Impressionist paintings!

  13. davidstone1313 says:

    The images here are a kind of impressionist poetry, spontaneous, genuine and beautiful. Good work, Leah.

  14. Goff James says:

    Beautiful images. Wonderful colours. I particularly like the reflections with their nod to impressionism.

  15. Carole Schulman says:

    I love going out in Fall and Spring with my DSLR and taking photos of the trees, leaves and landscapes. I post my best ones in Flickr. Of course I thoroughly enjoyed yours. And of Franklin. My Katie is the subject of many photos through the years I have had her.

    • Leah says:

      It is so much fun to go out and photograph the natural world, for sure. I’m glad you are able to enjoy it too, Carole! Thank you and I’m happy you liked my pictures. I’ll go and see if I can check out yours at Flicker when I have a moment, I’m not actually on there myself. I always love seeing pictures of your Katie!

  16. DS Levy says:

    Ah, my 2 favorite photo subjects:
    1. Cats (and dogs!)
    2. Trees
    Love these photos, Leah — they’re just gorgeous! I especially like Tree Sprites and Piebald Sky; love the red & blue colors together.
    I’m slowly working my way around the internet again. Been a couple of highly odd and distressing days in politics and I’ll admit I’ve been glued to the TV (too much). Hope you & your husband & cats are all well. Thank you for your email! I will be getting back to you soon!

    • Leah says:

      Deb I’m so happy you like the pictures! I’m fortunate that this unusual spot on the creek reflects so many colors in combinations I like, too! No worries about how soon you can get back with email, I know it’s hard to keep up as I’m have a hard time doing that too! Later, Leah and Kitties

      • DS Levy says:

        I’m in Michigan now, Leah, and tomorrow I plan to go out in the woods & just snoop around & I shall look carefully, as your excellent photos have prompted me to do! I just went through some of your wonderful posts. I think you’ve turned off the “comments” on some of them, which is fine, but I just wanted to tell you that I listened to Michael Smith’s song, “Panther in Michigan,” which I love — and knew absolutely nothing about! Love it that he mentions MI & IN!!! I’m going to listen to it again, I’m so interested in this song. Gosh, you now have quite a few cats (as do we!) and they all look so happy, healthy & loving. Your black cat appreciation post made me remember 2 of my cats: my first, ever cat was pure black (Starr) & the cat my husband & I got after my mom died was pure black (Tomas). Such a lovely tribute. And … congratulations on your book award! Totally deserving, I must say! Again, I just love your blog because of the way you mix words & photos — like a beautiful painting! Deb

        • Leah says:

          Deb, thanks so much you are so kind and you have made my day! (Which has been a hard one, more later on that). I’m so glad you liked the song, When I posted it I had hoped you would see it! I’m glad you’ve now heard it, I did mention it in the book in the “panther chase” chapter, but of course when reading a book we don’t jump up and listen to music. I think I recall saying that it sounds like such a real narrative that I wonder if it refers to a real incident. I did set all posts to cut off comments after about 60 days . . . because it was getting hard to go back to a myriad of past posts to answer. Other than that I don’t know how to cut off comments to individual posts although I’ve seen it said there’s a way. Your black kitties sound so lovely . . . of course, they all do, all kitties are gorgeous beings!

          • DS Levy says:

            Don’t blame you a bit for turning off comments for old posts. I used to do that, too. I’d forget what I’d written LOL and had to go back for reference. Yes, my black cats, loved them dearly (as I do all my kitties & Chuck). I’ve heard of Michael Smith, and I was just looking him up on Wiki. I really like narrative songs, and this one is terrific! I’ve often thought about trying to write fiction (short story) based on a narrative song. I know that, up here in MI, people have said they’ve sighted panthers, and I think someone once posted a pic taken by their security camera. But I believe the DNR says “no such thing.” Anyhoo, I’ll keep my eyes open from now on! Sorry you had a hard day. I think our nation is having one, long hard year-into-January. Hoping things get better soon, Deb

            • Leah says:

              Everything going on in the nation got to me today too, that was part of it. When I made a comment on facebook someone came to argue, and I never go to the other side to argue with them. Too ill at this point for one thing. Thanks so much for the well wishes. Oh yeah all the officials do always say, there are no panthers, lol. I don’t necessarily have fixed opinions of various incidents, but I won’t rule anything out. Have a good time exploring the forest!

  17. LOVELY Franklin photo as the opening one. He looks a lot like our biggest boy, Spooky:
    They all have their own unique personalities and it is wonderful getting to know them better and better over the years.My husband almost has your book done and you are so brave for mentioning your very rare health issues in there! Quite touching and we both certainly do hope that others will support you in purchasing this EXCELLENT book!
    Mariette & Pieter

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Mariette, I’m glad you like Franklin’s picture and I think you are right, he does look a lot like your Spooky. Kitties are indeed all so different and so expressive and I have found it fascinating to live with them too!
      I thank you for your kind words about my book and I am so glad you both like it!
      Hugs and Cheers and Meows and Happy New Year,

  18. Beautiful Shots! It is so great to see all the colors. It has been pretty dismal around here the last 6 weeks, just snow and shades of grey and and brown and very little sun, looking at the fall colors is uplifting!
    Thanks Barb

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much, and I’m happy you enjoyed the colors! There will be more, I have a huge backlog of fall pics now. I know what you mean, all our colors are very muted now, and winter landscapes just don’t do much for me.

  19. Denis1950 says:

    Amazing play of colour in the images. In Australia we would suggest a conservative fossil fuel loving politician had dropped the lump of coal.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks Denis, I’m happy you liked the pictures! Yikes, hopefully there are no fossil fuel folks in our forest! We do have our share of those here in the US too, though. We are in coal mining country and I think high water a few weeks before had carried it here.

  20. Mee-yow wow lovelee fotoss Miss Leah! THE coal inn sand foto iss innterestin…LadyMew wantss to know if THE plantss are Spring Irisess?
    Yore Autummy fotoss cheer her up so much. It iss chilley an gloomy an grey here day aftur day. An err are inn lockdwon again **sighss**
    Franklin yore man catly hansum an Shelley yore beeuteefull an so Autummy lookin…
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an 🙂 LadyMew

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you both, BellaDharma an Lady Mew, for your kind words! I’m glad you like the pictures and that they were cheerful today! I don’t like gray and cold weather either and we have some coming!
      Interesting question about the plants, and I just don’t know. I’ve never seen anything iris-like blooming on the banks and I wouldn’t recognize the spring iris but since plants do wash up here when the water is high, it’s certainly possible that there may be some.
      Purrs and Cheers and Meows, Leah and kitties

      • LadyMew told mee that efurry Winter it getss grayer an gloomier Miss Leah an Franklin ….mee thinkss shee iss rite!! LadyMew allso said shee thott those plantss cuud bee wild onion….shee sure has sum emagination.
        **purrss** an ~~head rubss~~BellaDharma~~

  21. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are beautiful autumn photos, Leah! And of course, Franklin and Shelley, too. 🙂

  22. I would like to “Fast Forward” to Autumn this year. Cats look good anytime of year.

    • Leah says:

      Cats are always “picture-perfect” picture subjects for sure! Ahahaha Greg wouldn’t that be great if you could get to the season you wanted that way! Actually, those who are wealthy enough to travel etc. could have two homes, one in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern; that way you could avoid a season you didn’t like, just go to the hemisphere with the opposite season. That would really give you some latitude!

  23. niasunset says:

    always fascinating me your photographs… I love their colourful touches but sure more cats… Thank you dear Leah, Love, nia

  24. Beautiful photos. Finding a lump of coal is a good thing. I means Santa doesn’t have to bring you one!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Indulgedfurries, I’m happy you like the pictures! Ahahahaha Santa does need a little break now and then so the having the creek waters deliver the coal was a good thing indeed!

  25. Chaplin: “You found a lump of coal in the creek?”
    Charlee: “Santa must have crash-landed there on his way to someone naughty’s house!”

  26. pollymorse says:

    Beautiful pics and love the coal!!! Hilarious! I see all last year as one chunk of coal. I keep hoping for a better year, but as of yet, I still can’t watch the news. It’s insane. God bless.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks Polly, I’m glad you like the pictures! It is funny about the coal. This is coal country but it’s the first time we’ve had any wash up here.
      The news is scary indeed! For one thing, more and more friends report they know someone with Covid.
      Stay safe and all best wishes!

  27. These are so, so beautiful! Really wonderful. I agree with the commenter above that your pictures look like impressionist paintings. You have a good eye. 🙂

  28. Your pictures are like impressionist paintings! Exquisite!

  29. Timothy Price says:

    Beautiful leaves and water. Cute kitties.

  30. 15andmeowing says:

    You take such beautiful photos. Fall is my favorite season and goes by too quickly. Wishing you, your hubby and kitties a happy and healthy new year! XO

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Ellen, I’m happy you like the pictures! I do like fall, but I actually like summer too. I know that’s unusual but I like warm weather and don’t care for cold at all. Warmest wishes for you and your hubby and family and kitties to have a wonderful New Year too! XO

  31. Very colorful pictures. Beautiful!

  32. Correne says:

    Beautiful photos Leah.

  33. A cornucopia of colors! Thank you, Leah.

  34. Brian says:

    Those are all so very beautiful and of course the kitties are too!

  35. Beautiful photos! Congrats on the Muse Award! I am reading your book… 🙂

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much Pam, the kitties and I appreciate it! It’s so good to see you are getting around the Internet again! And thank you so much for getting my book!

  36. John says:

    Lovely photography, Leah! It’s so amazing how water, leaves, and trees can create such a beautiful scene or moment in time. ❤️

    • Leah says:

      John, thank you so much! I really don’t know much about how to make a photo work in the camera but working with photo editing is lots of fun. This area of the stream seems unique, the trees let in just enough light for the reflections and shadows to do strange things. So it’s really the creek doing it, not me!

  37. Lovely photos! They are works of art! 🙂

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