A LITTLE BIT OF AUTUMN

The weather has changed. It finally feels sort of Autumny, but it doesn’t really look it. We had friends over today. Cherrie commented that she wonders if we are even going to get a real fall this year. I thought by today we’d be seeing real color, but there’s not much. I haven’t lost hope yet … but I think we can say this isn’t going to be one of the really great seasons. We may yet get a week or two of color, but …

I took a few pictures today. This is as much Autumn as I could find. Tomorrow, we are going to go get flu shots, so we’ll bring cameras. Maybe there’s more color over at the dam or on the canal. We can hope.

SHINY AUTUMN

SHINY – The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 


Autumn. It’s my shiny season. From the day the leaves begin to change, I’m happy. It charges me up, makes me want to take pictures, go places, do things. Now, as August ends, I can feel October vibrating in the air. It doesn’t last long, so I hope it’ll be a good one.

These photographs are from October 2016.

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THE CHANGING SEASONS: OCTOBER 2016 – NEW ENGLAND PEAK FOLIAGE

The Changing Seasons: October 2016


Hosted by Cardinal Guzman, this is a monthly challenge which shows the places we live and to which we travel — throughout the year and through all seasons. Locally, October is the unchallenged best photographic month. If you live in New England and you own a camera, October is when you feel you should be out there shooting, no matter what else is on your schedule. And basically, that’s what we have done. More than 2,000 pictures. Obviously, many (most?) remain to be processed … but these are some of the best.


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Garry and I take more pictures in October than we do in any other six month period. Those of us who live in New England feel a compulsion to shoot as much as we can while Autumn is in town. The foliage doesn’t last long.


The pictures in this gallery were all taken on either 4 October or 7 October 2016.

This year, autumn has raced by. The first color appeared in the trees during the first week of October and peaked this week. Now, in many areas, the leaves are falling. Trees will soon be bare.


This bunch of pictures were all taken two days ago, 18 October 2016 at River Bend Farm, part of the Blackstone Valley Historic Corridor park system.

We’ve been out shooting every other day since the first week of the month and we were out today. I think by next week, we will be past the peak of the foliage and heading for the bronze and bare trees of November and the winter that follows.


This final group, taken today 20 October 2016 by the Blackstone River and Canal. You can see the difference of color from just a couple of days ago.

With Garry and I shooting together and so many pictures, I hope you’ll forgive the “mix and match” of our photographs. I’ve indicated who took which shots in the caption.

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 2017.
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!

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LOCAL FLAVOR – OCTOBER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

OCTOBER AROUND MY TOWN

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Living in a small town, when the nearest “real” city is 70 miles away, you find yourself taking many pictures of “local” because that’s what there is to photograph.

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What luck that our local is also highly photogenic.

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Long before we moved to the Blackstone Valley, we used to drive up here to see the leaves and buy the biggest pumpkin we could find.

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This is October in the neighborhood.

LOCAL | WORDPRESS DAILY POST WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE
I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016
I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

BENCH SERIES: OCTOBER – 42

BENCH SERIES: OCTOBER #42

As usual, I’m late to the party. Nonetheless, in my continuing effort to catch up with life before it gets any farther ahead, I decided to give this challenge a go. I love taking pictures of benches and I have taken many through the years. Let’s see what I can come up with … Hmm.

Snowy bench in March
Snowy bench in March
March at the dam
March at the dam

Maybe I’ll have something more interesting next time.

The photographs are from last March. Although it was almost spring, our 10 feet of accumulated snow had not melted. The bench was still partially snow-covered and would be until April. We got a lot of snow last winter!

OCTOBER’S MONTHLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: CHANGING SEASONS 10

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons -10

Bob and I went to the dam today.

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I wanted to show him where the beauty spots are, though eventually I’m sure he will discover his own favorites. For now, I’m enjoying playing tour guide.

Into the woods from the back deck, through the last of the fuchsias.
Into the woods from the back deck, through the last of the fuchsias.

I also knew this challenge was coming up, so I took pictures with a mind to showing the changing seasons in our small town and nearby.

It’s autumn. It ought to be full-bore glorious trees of scarlet and gold. More like a rich pastel. The colors are stronger along the river, as they always are, but elsewhere, they are not the vivid display we expect in New England.

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Most people think the lack of color is the result of our continuing drought. It has gone on for at least five years. Even though we get a lot of snow in the winter, it’s barely enough to keep the rivers from completely drying up. Barely enough to keep the aquifer alive so we will have water in our wells and thus in our homes.

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Drought is a frightening thing. Scary for people, lethal for the wildlife. I haven’t seen a duck, swan, or goose since early spring. Today, there was a turtle sunning himself on a rock in the river. Usually, a turtle would be a common sight, but even the turtles have been rare this spring and summer.

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The rivers have been so low, it’s hard to imagine there are enough fish to support a single family of herons.

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The drought is not merely local. It’s national. International. The climate is changing. Our world is changing and we seem to be unable to do anything to help it or ourselves.

Cardinal Guzman, the host of this challenge, has totally blown us away with his gallery. Absolutely take a look. Amazing photography.

ON THE FLY: CEE’S ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE: 2015 WEEK 40

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge (COB) is all about those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.  There is never a theme to this challenge, so what is an odd ball is all up for you to discover and photograph.

Usually when I start this challenge, I have a pretty good idea what pictures I’m going to use. This time, I’m not even sure if I’ve taken the pictures yet. In fact, I think I’m going to go take a few right now. Back in a few …

It’s the very end for the fuchsia. October. Autumn’s in the air.

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And that’s all she wrote. For now. There’s so much more to come.