I found a dam. I’ve been to that dam before, but it’s hard to see anything of it in summer. The trees and brush around it have really taken over. It’s difficult to shoot anything in the summer.

This is the most water I've seen coming over a dam on the Blackstone in several years. We didn't get as much snow as we usually get, but we did get quite a lot of rain and it has made a difference.
This is the most water I’ve seen coming over a dam on the Blackstone in several years. We didn’t get as much snow as we usually get, but we did get quite a lot of rain and it has made a difference. Will it be enough?

We tried to shoot here last summer and couldn’t get anything worth mentioning. This time, it was just me. Garry opted to stay in the car and after about 10 minutes, I was inclined to agree with him.

The last two weeks have been almost like summer, but it was cold today. I shot quickly and then, we went home to the warm house. Just in time to feed the dogs!


I was watching the weather this evening and they were warning that we have no snow run-off this year, so we really need some rain and soon, or all this water won’t be enough. More than 80% of New England is in a moderate to severe drought state and has been for a long time.

I was wondering about that. Let’s do some rain praying around here!


  1. Fascinating shots of the dam, we don’t have anything like that here but have a lock gate further down the river where the river bed slopes. Apparently we get snow today but no big deal, l hope.


    1. This river starts up in the hills of Worcester (about 20 miles north of us) and runs down the slopes to the ocean (Atlantic), about 25 miles south. It was the major generating river for all of America’s first factories and mills … and we’ve been digging out of the pollution it caused ever since. The mills and factories are gone. Pretty much all of them had left — mostly for more southern areas of this country — by the 1920s and later, they all moved to Asia where they have stayed. There are maybe one or two mills in New England now and I doubt they will remain much longer. It’s an interesting part of our history. We also have a LOT of nuclear power plants on that same river, something about which we do NOT write much, but I’m pretty sure we will all light up on a dark night.


  2. Glad you braved the elements for these – they give a good feel of where you call home. be interesting to see a summer shot for comparison. 🙂



    1. We live in an area of rivers, lakes, ponds, canals, streams … It’s where the water that most of the rest of the state and a couple of other states use. It is beautiful, green, and peaceful. It wasn’t always like this. This was actually the original home of the American industrial revolution. This is where they first mills and factories were built and we have been digging out of the pollution of that ever since. We are almost there, mainly because by the 1920s, ALL the factories and mills had gone south.

      After that, they moved to Pakistan, India, Malaysia and other places where labor was cheap as was cotton and other fibers. This is where America’s entry into the world’s markets began and THAT is why we live in what is call “The Blackstone Valley Historic Corridor,” which is “almost a national park,” except people really live here.

      We haven’t been getting rain like we used to. There used to be annual floods in the spring. Not that I liked four inches of water in the basement, but it was part of living in a river valley. Now, we do NOT get the rains, For that past 8 or 9 years (depending on where you live), this has been a severe or moderate drought region. Not a good thing for a place from which the water supposedly originates.

      THIS time of year, we have WATER, but if we don’t get more rain (this is the time of year when the rain seems to dry up), by August it will be downright parched. AND we have the caterpillars coming in a few months.

      Ecology is complicated.

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      1. … and variable!

        I can relate and empathise to your pain. Since the 70’s our local rainfall pattern has dropped some 35% annually. In January we currently average something less than an inch of rain (Is not uncommon for Perth to go 2 months or more without a drop!). This January? – we had 6 inches in One Day!

        As you said… complicated.

        (Blackstone valley still looks and sounds a nice place to live, i reckon)



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