ROSY ROCKS AT MANCHAUG – By Marilyn Armstrong

Rosy Rocks by the Dam at Manchaug


Garry and I have no sense of direction. Manchaug used to be a town, but it didn’t have enough income to keep itself going, so it parceled itself out to Douglas and Sutton. Maybe Uxbridge too, but I’m not sure about that.

Thing is, the river that runs through Manchaug which is one of the many tributaries of the Blackstone and is part of the valley’s watershed, but most of it is a big pond … and the pond is located in Douglas.

We tried to find it today, but even though we followed the sign and we could hear the water, we couldn’t find it. It was in the woods somewhere, hiding. It isn’t the place we usually go when we shoot pictures of the dam anyway.

After driving around for a while, Garry said he was pretty sure he’d seen a sign on 146 that said “Manchaug.”

I said, “sure, why not? We aren’t accomplishing much driving around in circles in Douglas.”

So we got back on 146 and sure enough, there was a sign for the Sutton version of Manchaug, but once you got off 146, there were no signs at all. I said I thought it had mentioned Whitins Road, so why didn’t we just stay on Whitins Road and maybe the dam would appear?

We found it and the little Manchaug Post Office, a personal favorite of mine because how many post offices have hand-painted signs, right?

We took pictures of the dam, pictures of the pond, pictures of each other and the classic shot of each of us taking pictures of the other.

Slightly mauve rocks at the base of the dam in Manchaug

I got into an obsessive mode with the water falling on and flowing over the rocks at the base of the dam, so I figured one of them was going to have to be pink. Because there was a lot of water rolling over the dam … the most water I’ve ever seen in that small river. The rain has come this year.

Garry wanted to know where I’d seen pink rocks and I tried to explain the whole square pink picture thing to him, but he lost me somewhere around square and pink. I think I got a nice mauve motif going on this one.

The rocks at the base of the dam in Manchaug in slightly blushing pink. Most importantly, we actually found the place! Yes, we found it!

And that was our day. How was yours?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

26 thoughts on “ROSY ROCKS AT MANCHAUG – By Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Did you do all this today already? It’s almost 10am here and I thought 11 there? I like how you got a tinge of pink in your photo. What editing program do you use and what camera?

    I just finished coffee and on my way to clean cat box and other morning chores. Have a good day.

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    1. No, I did that picture yesterday during one of the thousands of baseball games on TV these days. It’s that time of year and I like baseball, but it’s the end of the season and many teams are clinched for the year, either as losers or winners, so the bloom is off that rose until the post season shows up at the end of September into October and November. Great time to process pictures!

      I use several cameras. THESE were taken with my newest camera, the Panasonic FZ1000 which I am still figuring out. It does a lot of stuff I don’t fully understand, but it rarely takes a bad picture. It has a really super quality light/dark/color/focus guide. It’s a Leica lens — 25mm to 450mm. I own ACDsee and I can’t make ANY sense out of it, so I don’t use it. I’m sure it works, but I’ve no idea how. I also have Corel Professional, whatever the latest one was.

      But really, I use a creaky old version of Photoshop plus a slew of Topaz filters and their own processing function. I keep intending to check out the others but I’m very used to Photoshop and mostly, it’s there to sort the photos, rename them in batch, level them and crop. Otherwise, everything is Topaz filters.

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      1. I take photos mostly with my iPhone. I now have a Canon rebel. It is so heavy compared to my iPhone. I have lots of editing programs on my iPhone that I can use for both, and on my computer I have photoshop elements. It’s fun!!

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        1. You know, I own a lot of cameras and NONE of them cost as much as the iPhone. None. Yes, cameras are heavier than phones. Phones can take pictures but they are useless as telephones which is what they are supposed to be, or were, anyway. Also, cameras do a lot of stuff that phones can’t do. How in the world can you properly edit on a phone? How can you see the details of a picture? I know my eyes are going, but I could never do that. I need room to work. All power to you. It has always seemed to me that cell phones are really a hard way to go if you want to be any kind of photographer.

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      2. I felt like we were Pilgrims on the Chisholm Trail when we finally found the Manchaug that I vaguely recalled. Nice to find it after all the frustration of wrong roads and towns. It’s an excellent site for pictures.
        I wudda thought the waterfalls wud get top billing. But okay — pink rocks. Kind of an Ed Wood-John Walters choice.

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      1. Bi-tonal?? It reminds me of the old Republic studio’s version of technicolor. They called it “Tru-color”. You can see it in Republic classics like “Juibilee Trail”.

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    1. They’ve actually fixed the place up a bit. There are benches now. There didn’t even have a safe path to walk … AND there was and is a big pre-school on the property. It didn’t have a fence. A toddler could just wander down the hill (or for that matter, roll down the hill) into the river. I’m not one of those helicopter grannies, but I thought a waterfall and stream matched with a pre-school with no fence was pushing the envelope.

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  2. Today? Photos of those lovely fall asters, the brook, fallen leaves on gravel and a woodland trail leading the hideaway of a sports writer… Sunny, cool and the fall colors are starting to ‘bloom’! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great week, Marilyn! xo

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