AUGUST IN A SMALL VALLEY TOWN: MONTHLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 08

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 08

This marks the last full month of summer as our world turns, here in the northern hemisphere. August closely resembles July, although the green has deepened.

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If you live in this region, you know that the color of the leaves changes from month to month from light golden green in the spring, to this very dark — old green — of late summer. As if the last of the summer months is putting out all the green it has got before the great burst of color in the autumn.

These pictures were all taken during the past week in and around the little town of Uxbridge. The majority of them were shot on the Commons in the middle of town, the remainder either on our property, or along the Mumford River which runs through town.

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Most of them were shot with the Pentax Q7, the little camera that can and does.

In case you don't think climate change is real, this is the might Mumford river.

If you think climate change is not real, this is what is left of the mighty Mumford river.

Cardinal Guzman, the host of this challenge, has totally blown us away with his own galleries this month. Absolutely, go take a look. Amazing photography.



Categories: Blackstone Valley, Gallery, Nature, Photography, river, Seasons, Summer

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  1. That’s one lovely green town Marilyn and I love the old clapboard architecture. I also spotted the (Prov)idence and Worcester Railroad on the railway bridge. I wonder if that is named after our English Worcester.

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    • Thank you. It’s New England. So pretty much everything, including the town, is named after places from Old England. I think the Duke of Worcester owned what is now Worcester County. Uxbridge is named after your Uxbridge and we are “twinned.” Somewhere in your Uxbridge is a wooden bench donated by our Uxbridge 🙂

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      • As far as I recall Uxbridge is not very pleasant (north London) but I have only been through it to a university college once so my impression could be misleading. Worcester on the other hand is close to me, I’m not hugely fond of it as a town but it is surrounded by pleasant countryside. I visited NE in October 2007 when it was glorious with autumn colour. I remember you have a Portsmouth and a Plymouth and even a Shrewsbury (which is where my OH comes from)

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        • English people settled the region, so they named things after places that were familiar. I’m sure Uxbridge was a small town when they arrived here in the valley. Like many small towns around Boston that have been absorbed by the larger city, they got sucked up. Worcester — the city — is a dump, though they keep trying to improve it. Parts of it have gotten better, but mostly, it’s just a tired town with high unemployment.

          Shrewsbury is beautiful. One of the loveliest towns in the area. We’ve not only got a Portsmouth in Massachusetts, we have one in New Hampshire and Maine, too. Probably Connecticut as well. Come to think of it, there’s also a big Uxbridge in Canada (near Toronto) and another in either New Zealand or Australia.

          Milford, Millbury, Springfield, Manchester, Birmingham … we have dozens of towns with these names. Bedford. Amherst. Somerset. Chelsea. They are all among the most common town names in the U.S. Our English heritage lives on, at least in the geography!

          And London and New London. Marlborough.

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      • It’s difficult not to take good pictures in our town.

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  2. Nice photos. A beautiful small town

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  3. That Mumford RIver is really down. Such a pretty town, Marilyn.
    Leslie

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  4. Beautiful images Marilyn- you really get a feeling for the town and the nature around it

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    • Thank you! I really tried hard this time to capture the “soul” as it were of this little town. Which is why I mostly shot in the middle of town. All the little towns in the valley are similar, though some are fancier (read wealthier) and it shows. Uxbridge is “just a town.” But it’s a nice little (struggling) town.

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  5. Yes, I love when green deepens. You are surrounded with beauty, Marilyn.

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  6. I like your neighborhood. There’s some nice architecture and it looks peaceful and friendly.

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    • Thanks! It does have some nice architecture which some of us have fought to keep. They always want to knock everything down so they can build strip malls. It’s some kind of stupid mindset. But so far, so good. We lost a whole block back in the 1990s, but since they we have managed to protect what remains. It’s a very small town and these pictures show about 80% of what there is to see 🙂

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