Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Water

We live in a watershed. What, you ask, is a watershed? Well, in theory, all the world is a watershed, to some degree … but technically, a watershed is an area of land where water arrives (as in from rain or snow-melt), then drains into a common outlet. Around here, that would be the Blackstone River and its tributaries, ponds, streams, and lakes.

These are just the areas in Massachusetts with many more in Rhode Island.

Since we moved here in 2000, I’ve been taking pictures of the river, the dams. The ponds where the swans and the herons live. The ducks and the geese and the strange area on the Blackstone where about a million snapping turtles live. After almost 18 years, I haven’t yet seen even half the places we can visit, but we’re working on it!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

13 thoughts on “WATER WATER EVERYWHERE …”

  1. Beautiful scenes here, Spike! 🙂

    There was a late-night radio show discussion on the word and meaning of watershed here recently which mostly discussed the meaning as it applied to a Watershed Moment – a turning point.
    It comes from the geographical feature you mention which is the set of points which defines the place where water will flow in a different direction from the present one, say from towards the Blackstone to towards a neighbouring valley, like the ridgecrest of the valley.

    Technically the map feature above would more correctly be called a catchment area while the outline i assume, comprises mostly of the actual watershed between the Blackwood catchment area and adjoining ones.


    1. The watershed is much bigger than the map. I just couldn’t find a decent map that showed the whole area. Actually, it’s a pretty big area, starting in the hills in Worcester and dropping down into Rhode Island where the Blackstone flows into the bay. The picture is really “places to visit” rather than the watershed. The river is much longer and there are many tributaries, some quite large in their own right, as well as an infinity of smaller streams, ponds, lakes, swamps … but they all centralize in the Blackstone.

      The Blackstone drops sharply from the Worcester hills into Rhode Island. It’s not a wide river (mostly), but the sharp bends and drops make it a powerful one. Probably why it became the place where we industrialized America creating a level of pollution to ground and water that still hasn’t been fully cleansed — may NEVER be clean.


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