AUTUMN ALONG THE CANAL – Marilyn Armstrong


Path along the canal and the footbridge to River Bend

Summer never wanted to end, or so it seemed. As we entered October and all the trees were still green, I gave up hoping for a sudden turnaround. Instead of a cold snap, it seemed to steam up. Then we got one cold night, more heat, humidity, and rain. And then, it got cold.

We got one and a half sunny days. Knowing how erratic our weather is, we went shooting on both days. Another day we went out, we managed to shoot during just two hours between rainstorms.

Walking along the canal on a sunny day in October

Our first stop was, of course, the Blackstone River. The river is the heart of the valley and almost all the most beautiful parts of the valley are linked to the river.

The little footbridge

This part of The Blackstone Valley Historic Corridor is the place where the canal and the river physically separate. The canal has not been used for more than 150 years, so it has developed a life of its own with spawning trout, nesting geese, and a million water lilies.

Footbridge from River Bend

I know I’ve taken a million pictures of this section of the canal. I can’t help it. I’m always sure there’s one more perfect picture to be taken and I’m going to take it. If not this year, then next year.

Hint of the pear tree


What’s interesting is that all of these parks are in fact physically linked to the river. Each section of the park is another section of the Blackstone with a place to park, then sit and watch the river flow past.

This particular two-part section, you can see — when the leaves are off the trees — from one part to the other. We used to walk our dogs from one part to the other along the path by the river.

I was a better walker back then. I miss walking.

Categories: Autumn, Blackstone River, Cee's Photo Challenge, Flower of the day, foliage, Photography

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10 replies

  1. I for one am totally hooked – I love those, the colours, the reflects, the light….

    And one for Garry: Sunday a week ago I sat behind a gent with the exactly same ‘button’ planted on his head….. meant to talk to him later on but got waylaid by many friends and a glass of wine…. 😉


  2. There’s some lovely reflections in the water photos.


  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I loved them all!


  4. Except for the old stone bridge, these shots are in an area I don’t remember seeing. It’s beautiful — and I love the footbridge from River Bend.


  5. I know what you mean about taking the same photo of the same place, hoping to get that special one, I often do it, and so I have many photos of the Jura mountaines, or cows, or our castle. You never know if it might be a little different on one of the photos. Your Backstone River looks a great place, and the canal must be a wonderful place reconquering nature.


    • Getting the walking couple along the path was a first for me. I thought it was almost romantic and I’m sure I’ll find other uses for it 😀 But this hasn’t been a great autumn. We took a LOT of pictures, but they aren’t as bright and colorful as they normally are. I have to remind myself that we don’t get brilliant fall seasons every year. One out of three is breathtaking. Another one is very nice, but that third one is usually a total dud. This one was a dud.

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