GARRY ARMSTRONG’S EARLY SPRINGTIME

And so, with the sun bright in the sky, I took the camera and went out. I wanted a haircut. The car needed a shampoo. And, we needed some cold cuts for lunch.

Mumford River and dam – middle of town

No leaves on the trees, but you can see the hint of them in the fuzzy pink color of the branches. Another two to three weeks before the flowers get serious about blooming. In the meantime, this is early spring in the center of the Blackstone Valley.

TIME AFTER TIME: INDIAN SUMMER IN OUR VALLEY – GARRY ARMSTRONG

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Past and future – on a bicycle …

The bicycle thief? Just a fleeting thought as a man peddles by. A brief interlude in busy traffic on this street. He’s caught in a time warp, sandwiched between murals of traffic on the same street. Another century, another warm November day, perhaps a more innocent time.

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It’s a day to suspend angst over the state of our nation. Mother Nature gives us a reason to smile, to laugh, to enjoy the bounty of our beautiful valley.

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The air around the dam is sweet. So sweet you almost want to reach down and cup your hands for a taste of the water that shimmers in energy and grace.

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The water level is a good sign. Especially good when you consider droughts in other parts of the country.

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The dam and the surrounding acreage are gifts from others. People who had the foresight and courage to plan for the future against the heavy-handed politics of their peers who sought quick benefits from the land.

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Sometimes we complain that long time residents are too stuck in the past, prisoners of a “Pleasantville” state of mind. On this day, we’re reminded of why we should treasure nature’s bounty.

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Idle conversation with strangers is relaxed. All is good for an hour that should be preserved for whatever the immediate future has in store for us. Even the late afternoon traffic seems less stressful from our vantage point. Politeness is in the air.

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Past and present seem to be bonding as we look around. We could be in a real life 1940’s MGM Technicolor movie about small town life. It’s good to be alive on a day like this.

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Print it! We have a take!!

AT THE EDGE OF THE LEDGE

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Garry likes the ledge. I do not like the edge or the ledge. Especially I don’t like Garry being close to the edge of the ledge. Makes me nervous. It does not make him nervous, which is part of the reason it worries me.

I have to be nervous for both of us. Which means I either have to worry twice as hard, or if I’m in a hurry, twice as fast.

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But sometimes, I have to approach the edge, if I want to get the picture.

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THE EDGE AND THE LEDGE | THE DAILY POST WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

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FRAMED – GARRY ARMSTRONG

PHOTO CHALLENGE: FRAME


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Using parts of the landscape to frame the picture has always come naturally to me. Maybe it’s all those years of television videotape — and so many John Ford movies — but I automatically look for ways to frame a scene.

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It is not merely decorative. It also provides perspective and draws the eyes of the viewer into the scene … a principle that works for both still and moving pictures.

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Summertime … framed by trees and water. Downtown Uxbridge in August.

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DAM NUMBER 190 ON THE MUMFORD RIVER

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Every dam in the Blackstone Valley, whether on the Blackstone River or one of its tributaries (in this case, the Mumford River) has a number. It’s etched in stone somewhere in the stones. You need a long lens to find them and sometimes, they have become obscured by plants or flowing water.

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The numbers are mapped designations which water regulators use to control water flow during drought and flood. The mechanical infrastructure for the many dams was built mostly during the late eighteen hundreds.

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It consists of levers and gears which open and close spillways, allowing engineers to control the water based on rainfall, current water levels, and predicted weather (and river) conditions.

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This is Dam 190, in downtown Uxbridge on the Mumford River.

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THE CHANGING SEASONS: APRIL 2016 – NOT QUITE SPRUNG

I thought I’d add a few pictures to this because this month, after a warm and springlike March, April commenced with two quite substantial snows. It killed the daffodils — I’m hoping not forever, but they just died under the snow. Surprisingly, the forsythia continued to bloom while covered with snow.

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Both pictures were taken on April 3rd, but it snowed again on the 8th. I was just too tired of snow pictures by then to bother to shoot anything. I think in heavy snow regions, we do get weary of the white stuff. By the time April rolls around, we want some color, not more whiteness.

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It’s beginning to green. Here and there. A few blossoms on shrubs and trees. The green shoots of flowers that will bloom soon. One single bright yellow tulip.

Usually we don’t see full leaf on the trees until mid-May, but I think it’ll be early this year.

Dam on the Mumford in mid-April

Dam on the Mumford

Nothing was blooming by the dam, but the trees have that fuzzy look that means impending green. And there’s plenty of water this spring. After five years of drought, it’s a joy to see the river full and hear the rushing of the water.

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Everything is poised for spring, but it has not quite sprung.

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This is the dam over the Mumford in the middle of town. You’ve seen it before. The white building on the left is a liquor store now, but was a small mill in its former life.

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And then, there’s our garden. The daffodils died during the second April snow, but the forsythia remained undaunted. The day lilies are coming up with a fury. The violets are blooming.

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It’s Earth Day today. My garden is ready to celebrate.

What’s this «Changing Seasons» blogging challenge?

Some words from Cardinal Guzman

«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!