Marilyn and I went to the canal a couple of days ago. I wasn’t going to take my camera … and then I thought “I’ll regret it if I don’t.” Probably because I always regret not having a camera when there are pictures to take.
The Blackstone River, deep summer
Both of us have shot pictures of the dam many times during all four seasons. I think most were taken in the autumn, when the trees along the canal are in their glory.
Reflection in the Blackstone Canal
Summer is a study in shades of green. Lucky for me, there were some people, too. After decades spent covering breaking news, I automatically shoot and let the chips — or pictures — fall where they may. They may not be perfect, but moving targets don’t wait.
So here are the ways you can go along the Blackstone Canal.
Welcome everyone to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge. This challenge is about the roads, walks, trails, rails on which we move from place to place. You can walk them, climb them, drive them, ride them, as long as the way is visible. And, of course, any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are signs of any kind.
Most of these were taken down along the Blackstone River and Canal in Uxbridge, at the junction where the two separate. This section along the canal is among my favorite places in the valley. It is beautiful, peaceful, and easily accessible. And there is plentiful parking.
All taken with the Pentax Q7, various lenses.
Welcome everyone to Cee’s Which Way Challenge. This challenge subject is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, we move from one place to another on. You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride them, as long as the way is visible. Any angle of a bridge is acceptable and are any signs.
I thought, since we live by the Blackstone River and canal, this week I might show you the waterways … canals and river and some of their bridges.
Canal between the falls and the former Bernat Mills which burned down a few years ago.
Small canal serving the Crown and Eagle
October 2011 – Blackstone Canal
A bright, beautiful first morning at the cabin
It rained hard most of the day yesterday and started off with heavy rain this morning, too.
Rays of sunshine through the last of the morning mist
It’s ironic. All summer, it has been sunny and dry. Beautiful weather, pretty much from May through September. As soon as we got to Maine, it began to rain.
And then, it rained …
Maybe it’s nature’s way of telling me I need to relax … to not run around doing “stuff.” Still, it is gorgeous here and I was looking forward t the opportunity to take some pictures.
Rain, rain …
I did take some shots of the rain yesterday, but it’s hard to see it. You can see it’s wet, but the rain is elusive.
Paths, road, tracks, canals. All going somewhere. Which way would you like to go?
Wherever you choose, by whatever means, the river, canal, track or highway will carry you.
By any which way, there’s a way.
I don’t know why, but I’ve had the hardest time getting a picture of the locks on the canal with which I’m satisfied. I’m not there yet, but the locks are interesting.
These powerful gears date back to the mid 1800s when the canal was built and they are still in working order today. This is one of two, exactly the same. They usually aren’t in my pictures of this part of the canal because I shoot to either side of them.
This is the junction of the Blackstone River and Blackstone Canal, where they separate to run side by side. There’s a spillway, locks and a hiking trail where horses used to tow the barges.
The Blackstone Canal in May
It is historically important and exceptionally photogenic, which is why we come here so often. Recently they added a proper paved pathway with stairs and a small boat slip. And they put up an official sign so it’s no longer “the canal and locks behind the medical building” but part of the National Historic Corridor series of parks. But the work that needs to be done is not getting done. No money.
Since it was already adjacent to a parking lot, it is easily accessible. It’s more popular with the improved paths and steps.Oh, I almost forgot. They added a few picnic tables too. Nice.