OCTOBER’S MONTHLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: CHANGING SEASONS 10

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons -10

Bob and I went to the dam today.

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I wanted to show him where the beauty spots are, though eventually I’m sure he will discover his own favorites. For now, I’m enjoying playing tour guide.

Into the woods from the back deck, through the last of the fuchsias.

Into the woods from the back deck, through the last of the fuchsias.

I also knew this challenge was coming up, so I took pictures with a mind to showing the changing seasons in our small town and nearby.

It’s autumn. It ought to be full-bore glorious trees of scarlet and gold. More like a rich pastel. The colors are stronger along the river, as they always are, but elsewhere, they are not the vivid display we expect in New England.

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Most people think the lack of color is the result of our continuing drought. It has gone on for at least five years. Even though we get a lot of snow in the winter, it’s barely enough to keep the rivers from completely drying up. Barely enough to keep the aquifer alive so we will have water in our wells and thus in our homes.

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Drought is a frightening thing. Scary for people, lethal for the wildlife. I haven’t seen a duck, swan, or goose since early spring. Today, there was a turtle sunning himself on a rock in the river. Usually, a turtle would be a common sight, but even the turtles have been rare this spring and summer.

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The rivers have been so low, it’s hard to imagine there are enough fish to support a single family of herons.

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The drought is not merely local. It’s national. International. The climate is changing. Our world is changing and we seem to be unable to do anything to help it or ourselves.

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



Categories: Autumn, Blackstone Valley, Changing Seasons, Gallery, New England, Photography, Seasons

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22 replies

  1. Beautiful shots, wonderful tour! I love that dam! 🙂

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  2. Marilyn said, “The climate is changing. Our world is changing and we seem to be unable to do anything to help it or ourselves.”

    The accepted answer is, ‘history is repeating itself, there has always been changes,” That large, wealthy, group doesn’t give a wit about future generations. Polar bears will not be able to watch all the traffic in the new shipping lanes, no ice for them to sit on.
    It has to be cooperating world leaders, working together to find solutions. They simply have to take their heads out of the sand, the rest their rear ends!

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  3. The link doesn’t work, at least not on my computer. Great pictures.

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  4. Thank you Marilyn for being OUR tour guide 🙂
    Sorry to hear about the drought situation, let’s hope you get some winter rain. And let’s hope the politicians around the globe agree to do something to make a difference; our climate is definitely changing!

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  5. A drought is bad, a continuing drought is even worse. Let’s hope there will be plenty of snow this winter to refill the water reservoirs.

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    • I really hate the 12 feet of snow in the winter, but it has been the only thing keeping our aquifer alive. We aren’t as desperate as California, Oregon, and the American southwest … or parts of Australia and New Zealand … but it’s bad enough and it has gone on for a long time. We used to flood every spring and now, we are lucky if we get spring rain at all. That’s a HUGE change in the past 15 years.

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  6. It’s always fun to play tour guide with people who appreciate what they are seeing!

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