It was our first outing in weeks because of COVID-19, house repair appointments, health issues and, really a general malaise because of the Marx Brothers state of our nation. It wasn’t supposed to be a pleasure outing. Marilyn had an emergency date with the dentist. An excruciatingly necessary date with the dentist. The good news about the dentist is his office is adjacent to the Mumford River dam.

The dam. Very low water, but at least they have left enough water in the river so the fish won’t die this year. We sure do need so serious rain!

The Dental appointment was at least temporarily successful so we embarked on a photo shoot at one of our favorite places. The dam that actually welcomes you to Uxbridge. It’s a dam for all seasons. You can mark the seasons by the dam. The water levels  immediately tell you if we’ve had much rain or if we are going through the dry, dog days of summer.  This is a 3-dog-night hot summer in our sleepy little town.

A flag over the Mumford.

A welcome summer breeze placated our thoughts about the pending drought. The flags adorning the bridge over our troubled waters flapped in unison. It had a Busby Berkley feel to it if you lined the flags up in tandem. Mother Nature is always a wonder choreographer. In my mind’s eye, I could see John Ford, George Stevens or Elia Kazan lining up master shots for a visual paean to patriotism. I could’ve shot all day if Marilyn hadn’t indicated maybe we had enough beauty shots to tell a few stories.

Flag in the breeze

Love the shine on the upper level of the dam

I was reluctant. I didn’t want to leave the wonder of a spot that never fails to impress and remind us of how lucky we are to live in a valley of such natural beauty. This is our home, but also our summer place. It reminds us to smile despite the awful and confused state of our nation, mired in nonsense that hopefully will change after these lazy days turn into autumn and the season beyond.

Route 16 on what has to be the loveliest day in many weeks. Now, all we need is rain.

Nonsense? Maybe, but Groucho approves this message.

Categories: Blackstone Valley, Dams and Waterfalls, Garry Armstrong, New England, Photography, river, Summer, Uxbridge

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18 replies

  1. That does look beautiful. Refreshing. And a much needed break from the insanity of 2020. I’m glad the dentist thing was efficient too. Must be going around, that dental business. Take care y’all and I’ll send a prayer or two heaven ward that both your area and mine get the rain.


    • All these antibiotics might kill me before COVID has a chance! My body HATES me and I have to keep taking these for weeks. Meanwhile, running a low-grade fever and living on antacids trying to keep my gut from blowing up. No one else is sick and I haven’t been anywhere, so it’s probably the infection in my mouth. Nothing I can do until I can see the surgeon on 9/9. Argh. Not in a great mood, but trying hard.


  2. Lovely photos, Garry. Hope Marilyn is feeling better now and is able to have whatever dental work is necessary to make the cure permanent.


  3. A wonderful place to visit. American patriotism with all the flags, never fails to impress me, Garry.


  4. Yes, we all crave those feelings right now, and this little town is exactly what you both needed


  5. It is indeed a lovely Summer Place Garry.


  6. Busby Berkley–they sure as heck don’t make them like that anymore. I used to sit by the TV, fascinated when he did those overhead shots. Heavy sigh, Garry…


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