We live in a river valley. You can see here transformation from winter to spring to summer to fall. In some cases, you can see huge differences in the same months from one year to the next. There’s not much to show for mid-winter along the river and canal. They become hard to access when several feet of snow cover the ground. Not to mention that its cold out there. Frozen fingers are not steady on the shutter, I fear. November, however, is sometimes quite mild, so we frequently shoot in November. If the weather allows, in December too … but rarely along the river. It’s always colder there.
Here are the months in the Valley by the river and canal. Not all the same year. Some months, we shot elsewhere or, as in January of this year, were in far away, warm, sunny, beautiful Arizona. I wish we could be there every January. It’s a vast improvement over local weather!
October Gallery by Garry Armstrong
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.
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.
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.