The Blackstone River and its valley – where the water lives except when it doesn’t.
LIVING WITH A WELL
Last year by this time, our toilets were not filling properly. We knew we needed rain, but it took almost four months with no rain until finally, in October, the rains began. This region is not a dry area. No… Read More ›
Through the pitch-black night, the captain sees a light dead ahead on a collision course with his ship. He sends a signal: “Change your course 10 degree east.” The light signals back: “Change yours, 10 degrees west.” Angry, the captain… Read More ›
YOUR BELIEFS ARE YOU
Fandango’s Provocative Question #197 Today questions asks if you can detach a person’s political beliefs from that person and see each separately. In your interpersonal relationships with acquaintances, friends, and family, are you able to separate political ideologies from the people… Read More ›
SHIPS AT CEE IN MIDWEEK MADNESS
CMMC – August Pick a Topic from my Photo Cee’s photograph (and isn’t it a honey!): Powered boats from Boston to Gloucester. I have a lot of sailboats too, but somehow this challenge seemed to call for something with an engine.
THIS WATER BELONGS TO YOU AND ME: LIVING WITH GROUNDWATER
Today I saw that the toilets are not filling properly. I thought (I hoped) it was just my toilet, but it’s also Garry’s. We really need rain and soon. Two months with no rain is a very long time in… Read More ›
LAND OR WATERSCAPES
CFFC: Landscapes or Waterscapes That’s a pretty good description of my entire photographic content, not counting a few candid portraits by or of me. So this one, at least, should be easy peasy. The two pictures on the far right are… Read More ›
WATER AND RECYCLING
Fandango’s Provocative Question #169 And the question is: Most recycling programs instruct us to thoroughly wash and dry the items (other than paper or cardboard) before putting them in the recycling bin. If you lived in an area that is suffering… Read More ›
SKETCHBOOK 78 – A DROP OF WATER
This is something different. I just wanted to try something other than birds and flowers, although I really am better at birds and flowers than anything else. To be fair, there are flowers in the picture, but it’s my first… Read More ›
WHAT’S A WATERSHED?
It’s a good question because unless you live in or near one, the expression doesn’t mean much except “Hey, there’s a lot of water around here!” Obviously that’s true, but there’s a bit more to it than that. As you… Read More ›
CROOKED OR SQUIGGLY
CFFC: Crooked or Squiggly Crooked? Squiggly? I’ve got water, clouds, and twisting trees against a sunrise. Tis enough. T’will serve.
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE
CFFC: Water We live between rivers, amidst stream and dams and waterfalls. There are many problems in the valley, among them a lack of work and a fair bit of poverty — but I have always thought the beauty of… Read More ›
THE DAY THE WATER STOPPED RUNNING
Last night, I went to get a couple of rolls of toilet paper for my bathroom. It was all chewed up. There were pieces of it all over the closet. Which meant… Mice. We’ve been pretty much mouse-free for the… Read More ›
RUN RIVER RUN
A Photo a Week: Water Living in a watershed valley, there really is water everywhere. No ocean, but I don’t believe you can live anywhere in this valley and be more than a quarter of a mile from a river, stream,… Read More ›
Fandango’s Provocative Question #132 An interesting question. I don’t know if it’s provocative exactly, but it’s definitely interesting. There was a time when almost everyone would have just said yes and that was it, but these days — especially for those… Read More ›
A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection Sometimes, the reflections in the water is so sharp, it looks more “real” than the non-reflection above it. But always, because we live by rivers and ponds that are not fast flowing, reflections double the… Read More ›
PREPARE TO REPEL BRIDGE – FLASHBACK FRIDAY ON SATURDAY
SURIVING BRIDGES IN A VERY SMALL BOAT Gwaihir, our 16-foot Soling was a doughty sloop. Built of fiberglass, aluminum and a bit of teak for deck, rails and hatch, she lived in my basement through the off-season. I lovingly painted… Read More ›
THE WATER BILL: A BIT OF FICTION
Maggie stood in the kitchen looking at the water bill in astonishment. $5,000 dollars? Were they kidding? She looked at the usage. Half a million gallons? That was the size of a lake. A pretty big lake. “That’s insane,” she… Read More ›
FISH-EATING BIRDS – BUT IS IT SUSHI?
BIRD WEEKLY – PHOTO CHALLENGE – BIRDS THAT EAT FISH AS THEIR PRIMARY DIET By the lakes and the ocean beaches from Maine to New York. A lot of our water birds — in particular swans and geese — don’t eat… Read More ›
A NEARLY PERFECT WATERLILY
FOTD – February 1 – Waterlily Near the shore of the pond in Whitinsville, close to where the swans nest, there are beautiful wild waterlilies. I’m told that waterlilies are one of the favorite snack food of moose, that they will… Read More ›