A Look Back at Fall in Bleak Winter, with Cats

Please do not reblog without asking for my permission. Use the comment section to ask. Also please note that I have rarely granted anyone permission to use any of my photos, only about 7 or 8 times. So if you see any of my or my husband’s photos around the ‘web, please let me know. For more information, see the page “Extended Copyright and Image Talk” listed under the banner above and updated again on 2/7/21.

Franklin has a serious look as he mulls over recent events

After going through a really bleak time this winter, I have some hope things will be better now. I’m still a bit shaken up. So let’s take a look back to the beauty of the recent fall.

Curling and floating

Wrinkled Forest





The forest was a big show-off:


Leaves Leaving



Oak Leaf on Ground

Water is just plain fun:

Abstractin’ by the Creek

Natural Not a Bridge


Leafy Talk

And that’s not even all the the autumn pics . . . but I think we’ll go to a Kitten post next time, if all goes well.

Meanwhile, our friend’s beautiful Shelley:

Shelley, Tortie Princess

For once Franklin and Shelley are on the same page. They want everyone to read Catwoods so I can go on to publish Volume 2, when they come along. Never mind the Kittens, they say, so long as Frank and Shelley are in the book. Anyhoo it’s a long book, good to read any time of year but especially suited to long winter reading. Click the cover pic up on the right-hand side or go to the Order the Catwoods book online page; link under the banner above.

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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78 Responses to A Look Back at Fall in Bleak Winter, with Cats

  1. We all have periods in our lives when memories of better times have to sustain us.
    Best wishes,

  2. da-AL says:

    what a beautiful tribute to how lovely nature can be ❤

  3. These pictures are bright and make us feel one withnature. Thank you for the meander.


  4. Great photos. In the one titled Mixtures, the red leaf looks like a bird.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Indulgedfurries, I’m happy you like the photos! I went back and looked at the red leaf and you are right, it does look like a bird !

  5. We are sorry for your bleak times. It’s hard on us felines too. The Human just came out of a tough year and a half and it was really bleak abound our houses. But, just like your beautiful and hopeful pictures, she’s come out of the bleak times and we hope the same for you too!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Alberto, for your kind words, and I’m happy you like the pictures! I’m sorry to hear your human went through some bleak times too but I’m glad that’s now in the past!
      Cheers and Meows,
      Leah and Kitties

  6. terrepruitt says:

    I disagree with the reblog button. Why do people think it is ok to post a blog you wrote on their blog? I never understood that and I disagree with WordPress having a button that makes it so easy. I know how long my blog takes me and I don’t know nearly as many pictures as you so I can imagine the time and effort you put into it and that I can just click a button and your time-consuming, well thought out post just appears on my blog . . . . . . I just don’t get it. I think of it as very rude (when they haven’t received permission). I had thought that one need to approve it first thought comments, but, it just shows up even without approval.

    • Leah says:

      Terre I completely agree, and I’ve seen lots of bloggers who also don’t like reblog. There is a place in the admin pages you can uncheck to keep the reblog button from appearing under your posts, and I’d done that. BUT, that does not disable it, reblog can still be done through the reader, and I see no way to turn it off. I think it shouldn’t be allowed without author permission, and there should be a way to turn it off.
      I believe it’s probably on all blogging platforms because it may be considered a form of “fair use”, like when you cite something or quote a short span of text. Actual fair use might be OK with me, but reblogging takes it further because it captures your first photo and gives the reblogger a space to make an introduction. That differs from traditional fair use in scholarly works, to me.
      That space for an intro was used by the reblogging site to put an inappropriate photo under my post title and before my first picture, making it look like it was a part of my post and it WAS NOT, NO WAY. When I objected, they began copying my photos and using them in inappropriate ways.
      So sadly, the statement to “please don’t reblog . . .” will begin my posts from now on, so that if I get reblogged again the casual reader may know I probably didn’t approve the reblog.

      • terrepruitt says:

        I agree. We should be able to turn it off. Or instead of a “reblog” button it should be a “PERMISSION to reblog” button. And, yes, I know that some people that reblog are not nice so I have imagine that retribution happening. I am sorry it has happened to you. I feel your “pain” and frustration. So disheartening to put so much into a post only to have stolen.

  7. fundanur says:

    Beautiful photos🤩

  8. meowmeowmans says:

    Your colorful fall photos, and simple-but-evocative captions are wonderful, Leah. Such a welcome and beautiful escape from our wintry weather! We had 17 inches of snow last Monday, and are getting about 8 more today. We’re SO ready for spring. LOL.

    Sorry to hear people have been pirating your posts and photos. That’s terrible. I don’t understand what makes some folks think that is okay. 😦

    P.S.: Hi Franklin and Shelley! 🙂

    • Leah says:

      Thank you meowmeowmans, I appreciate your kind words and I’m glad you liked the pictures!
      Oh my, that is a lot of snow! I’m hoping for spring soon too, we’re having lots of precip in the form of cold rain.
      Franklin and Shelley send meows and purrs!

  9. Cate says:

    Lovely images, as always, Leah!

  10. I am sorry that peeps are taking credit for pics they did not make. Sheesh:(
    On the other hand, are you a wee bit flattered that they even *want* to snatch them?? LOL!
    I have seen some of my arts all over the place too…but since they are all specific to some named furry one, its hard to use them over again.

    I loved your renditions of the fall images! The one called ‘Mixtures’. well, the big red leaf near the top looks like a cardinal! Wow!

    PS: The only time I might ‘use’ one of your images would be a kitty, and then I would send my creation right back to you, such as I have done a couple of times…though right now I am not really doing a lot of pet cards anymore, only ‘memorial’ ones.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much Ingrid, I’m happy you like the pictures! I took another look at that leaf and lol you are right, it does look like a cardinal!
      No worries about the lovely cards you made for me, that was a completely different situation and I appreciate your work and love your website; yours is one of those few times I referred to that I’ve authorized use of my pictures. What happened about a month ago is more complicated, with troubling aspects I haven’t stated, than just the copying and use of (in this case), my cat images. (My images have been copied before, but . . .) This started with a reblog and escalated to the copying and use of my pictures . . . I’m still mulling over whether the full story should be told and if so, exactly how best to do that. Meanwhile I thought I had better ask at the top of the post that no reblogging be done. I had, and still have, reblog unchecked so the button does not appear on my posts, but I didn’t know before this happened that reblogging can still be done through the reader.

  11. Charlee: “We’re sorry to hear it’s been a bleak winter! This has been the year for that sort of thing!”
    Chaplin: “It’s not 2020 anymore, Charlee, remember? So we’re hoping for things to improve for everyone this year.”
    Charlee: “Right right. We sure do purr for that!”

  12. pdlyons says:

    always enjoy a visit to your world. these photographs are wonderful. all the beauty of natures palette
    with the coolness of black and calico cats. thank you.

  13. Yvon says:

    I love the colourfull pictures … and ofcourse the beuatiful Franklin and Shelley 😘😍

  14. Waverin iss such a beeuteefull foto Miss Leah! An Franklin you DUE look seereuss! An Shelley cat yore gorgeeus….
    **purrss** BellaDahrma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much BellaDharma an LadyMew, I am happy you enjoyed the photos! Franklin and Shelley thank you too! We hope all is going well for you both! Meows and Purrs and Cheers and Hugs from us!

      • Thingss bettur here Miss Leah an Franklin an Shelley! It iss still chilley butt with Sun shinin mee gotted to go out inn Condo fore a short while! It was lovelee!
        Mee iss feelin guud. LadyMew iss havin more health issuess….butt shee DID get her voice back! 😉

  15. inese says:

    Love your photos and your kitties ❤

  16. Penny Clements says:

    I used to gave a black cat like that one. Her name was mew mew.
    I really Love those pictures, so vibrant and alive.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks so much Penny, I’m happy you like the pictures! Black kitties are so beautiful and I bet your Mew Mew was gorgeous!

  17. I LOVE your fall and cat photos! We are sorry that you are having issues with copyrights. I have been there. It is difficult, heartbreaking and frustrating. I send you love, purrayers and strength! Thanks for visiting and have a marvellously Happy Day!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind and cheering words and the kitties and I are happy you like our pictures! I’m so sorry you’ve been through copyright problems, too. Cheers and Meows and a Happy Day also!

  18. cat9984 says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous and very cheering in the gloom of winter

  19. We can’t wait for winter to end. We’re in the middle of a Nor Easter right now and it’s not fun. We always enjoy seeing your beautiful photos.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks Lola I’m happy you enjoy the photos! I heard about all that snow and I know it isn’t easy to contend with! According to the forecast we will get some sub-freezing weather a few times in the next week or so, with only a few slight chances of snow flurries. Winter isn’t my favorite time of year at all.

  20. I was expecting to see a winter scene with snow on the ground and trees, and ice on the creek. Not as colorful, but would be interesting nevertheless. Or does Autumn last longer where you are, I think.

    • Leah says:

      Not only does autumn last longer, but snow is a rarity here, although in 1993 we had a real blizzard . . . I live in a Gulf state in the southeast US . . . I know snow makes some interesting pictures, and whenever it happens again I’ll take some!

  21. catscue says:

    Beautiful photos and beautiful kitties. I have a feature on my WordPress blog that does not allow copying of any content, can you look into something like that?

    • Leah says:

      Thank you catscue! The kitties thank you too! I’ll check that out for sure! This started with a reblog to a place I didn’t want to be and escalated to outright copying of my pictures. I have reblog unchecked and thought it was disabled but posts can still be reblogged through the reader, which I didn’t know before. So I’ll put the notice up on all posts so it will be the first thing that’s seen in each post.

  22. Margret Abbott says:

    What beautiful fall photos, I loved the colors, it brightened up this wintery day.

  23. Great post. Franklin and Shelley are proper Sweeties! Meow!

  24. pollymorse says:

    Hope things go well! Stay healthy and safe.

  25. niasunset says:

    Beautiful, so beautiful, I love your photograph and the colours and shadows in your photographs. And sure, CAT is the best and great one. Thank you dear Leah, have a nice new week, Love, nia

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Nia I am so happy you like my pictures! The cats are always my favorites too! You have a good week too, Love from Leah

  26. Your photos are so beautiful! Thanks for the review. I like your photographic style and the sense of serenity they suggest. (And beautiful kitty photos. 🙂 ) I sorry to hear that people have stolen your photos. So irritating and frustrating.

  27. DS Levy says:

    Sorry you had a bleak time this winter, Leah. I certainly understand how that goes, and I hope you’re feeling better, that the sun has come out to shine its warming rays on you and yours. As usual, your lens has a warming effect on whatever it focuses on — these photos are gorgeous, the colors amazing. I love how the foliage intermingles with water — so very nice! Deb

    • Leah says:

      Thanks Deb, I think things are going to be okay . . . we have lots of cloudy days here lately but we do get some sunshiny ones too. I always go for those leaves in the water while they last! Thank you so much, I’m happy you like the pictures!

  28. arlingwoman says:

    Your water photos are really amazing. I’m always glad to see them.

  29. 15andmeowing says:

    Beautiful photos. You are a talented photographer- and writer. I look forward to a Volume 2. XO

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Ellen, I appreciate it and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and the pictures! I’m going to try for that second book – I have a lot to add – and didn’t make it last year. XO

  30. Correne says:

    Leah, I’m sorry you’ve had trouble with your photos. I enjoy seeing the outdoor photos and the kitties. Beautiful.

  31. Brian says:

    You always have such beautiful photos, it’s a shame when the pirates just help themselves.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Brian, I’m happy you like the photos! And yes I agree about the way people just take pictures off the Internet!

  32. Lavinia Ross says:

    The photos are beautiful, Leah. I am sorry you are having troubles with people taking them without permission. I am sure that happens to many of us, and we don’t know it.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks Lavinia, I appreciate your kind words and I’m happy you like the photos! I’m sure you are right about the photos. It might be a good idea to do occasional image searches (something I don’t actually know how to do, except the one where you type in your blog name or post name and there is an image section.)

  33. Spring is drawing nearer. But winter is still fully with us. My area (greater Philadelphia) is being hit with a major winter storm right now.

    • Leah says:

      I saw that about the big snowstorm, Neil! We had a mild day but it turns colder tonight. I don’t think winter is done with us yet!

  34. Hope things are going better for your! Your photos are beautiful!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Kate, I appreciate your kind words and I’m happy you like the pictures! Things will hopefully be better now!

  35. John says:

    Such beautiful photos, Leah, cricks, and fall colors are a perfect match. Franklin and Shelley are very beautiful babies!

    Sadly, photography theft is a part of the internet, not a whole lot most of us can do about this situation. I’m sure my work is ripped off.

    Please, stay safe and aware of this terrible virus. We can’t let our guard down. 🙏🏻😻😻❤️

    • Leah says:

      Thanks John, I’m happy you like the pictures! I’m glad you are staying safe from the virus; we are trying; we are isolating, since we are both in high risk groups. I think our state may have the highest rate of positives in the nation right now, sadly.
      I didn’t explain the photo thing very well as I’m not (yet?) really comfortable talking about it publicly. It was more involved than that time in 2015 when content scrapers took lots of my pics and offered them to anyone on photo aggregation sites. I can’t find them now at the sites that I saw use them at the time, and I don’t think google links to those sites any more.
      FWIW when I see pictures from photographers I know going around, for example on Pinterest, I add the name of the photographer and the website it’s from. (I’m not sure I like the idea of Pinterest because photos do seem to lose their correct attributions there, but so many have already been downloaded and circulated on facebook and other sites for so long that it would make little difference if Pinterest didn’t exist, I suppose.)

  36. Timothy Price says:

    Pretty fall colors and pretty kitties.

  37. I’ve found Catwoods a great companion at multiple times of year, of inner mood seasons. I look forward to the sequel! And I truly love your autumn imagery that floods me with color. I could stare at your images tagged Mixture and Whorling for a looong contemplative while.

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