Photo: Garry Armstrong

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Even the day before yesterday, the color hadn’t really risen in the trees along the Mumford which runs through the middle of Uxbridge. But today, there was color. There will be more. Tonight there’s a hard frost expected and that should make the color really “pop.”

I didn't see it at the time, but there's big hawk overhead.

I didn’t see it at the time, but there’s big hawk overhead.

There rain has helped the water level. And the dam is flowing with some strength again.

There rain has helped the water level. And the dam is flowing with some strength again.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid



Water is everywhere in the valley. The Blackstone and Mumford Rivers, Whitins Pond and all the canals and tributaries. So many ponds, streams, creeks, and wetlands.


The Blackstone Canal – November

When snow is on the ground — or melting — the world is essentially black and white with barely a hint of brown in the bark of the trees or a touch of blue in the sky.


The Blackstone River – Late March


The Blackstone River – Vernal Equinox

The Blackstone in August

The Blackstone in August

Riverbend along the Blackstone

Riverbend along the Blackstone

Cee's Black & White Photo Challenge Badge


This is great. World history and global warming in one fantastic and funny timeline. Why didn’t I think of this myself? Why didn’t I write it? Gee whiz! Love it. Hope you will too. Take your time scrolling down. It’s worth the effort.

A Lecturers Life

I saw this today and thought how useful it was for teaching about the environment. It has some facts and importantly today for students, a bit of humour so they do not realise they are learning.

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The Changing Seasons: September 2016


I believe this is a juvenile black-crowned night heron. If someone has a more accurate identification, I’d love to hear from you!

I had been hoping that the trees would oblige me by changing color for me this weekend, but alas, they have not. There is some change. Bits and pieces here and there. It always happens first near water. Along the shore, near rivers. But mostly, nothing much is happening … at least as far as changing color goes.


Still the air is quite chilly at night, though still pretty warm and muggy in the day. September had been such a crazy, busy month … so I hope I’ve captured its essence. A little bit, at least.


What’s this «Changing Seasons» blogging challenge?

«The Changing Seasons 2016» is a blogging challenge with two versions: the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t join the first month(s), late-comers are welcomed. These are the rules, but they’re not written in stone – you can always improvise, mix & match to suit your own liking:

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

Hard to believe we are wrapping up the year and heading toward the cold months. I always have a lot of ambivalence as the summer ends. I love the autumn. If it were October all year long, I’d be a very happy human. Sadly, it’s the last glory and the warm time before … well … you know. White stuff. Ice. Slippery ground and hard navigation. The cabin fever months lie ahead.



It was the full harvest moon last night with a partial lunar eclipse in some latitudes. We have no unobstructed view of the sky from anywhere on this property, but I still felt it was worth the effort to see if I could get a few interesting pictures.

The pictures were taken over the course of a few hours. You probably can’t see the difference, but the moon is at a different angle in the later pictures than the earlier ones. Even with the trees, it’s still lovely.