Now, these are spikes!

I thought you might be tired of my cactus, so allow me to introduce the spikiest water lilies I’ve ever seen. We think of water lilies as flat, but they come in a lot of shapes and this one is very common along the shores of the Blackstone River.

Taken last November, but neglected until today.

Spiky water lilies

And remember it is not just spiky squares we are looking for, you can also be jagged, barbed, bristly, serrated, prickly, spiny, and pointy.

Oh, and today is my birthday. I’m … gasp … 72. And still alive!


Water Lilies On the Rivers, Ponds, and Canal

We have water lilies growing on almost every water surface, from the tiniest canals to the widest ponds, and along the edges of all the river. Some summers, they nearly choke the rivers.

The ducks, herons, geese, and swans don’t mind because they eat them, but when water levels are low, the fish and turtles have trouble swimming through the roots.

Not a problem this year. We’ve had so much rain that there’s plenty for room for anything that loves the water!

To see the pictures individually, just click on the gallery and use to arrows to go from picture to picture.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern — Water Lilies

Water Lilies on a small canal

On a small canal by an old mill, tens of thousands of water lilies form a rich tapestry on the dark, smooth surface of the water. Why the lilies so favor this narrow canal above all other water in the area … water lilies not being as common as reeds and other water-loving plants … no one knows. Perhaps it’s a perfect acidity level or it’s lime leaching into the water from the granite lining the waterway, but lilies almost cover the water’s surface.

Crown and Eagle: A Mill Resurrected

The Crown and Eagle mills were built by Robert Rogerson between 1823 to 1827 and are listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Crown and Eagle, across the bridge.

A few years ago, it was converted into affordable housing units for the elderly, disabled, and others that fit income guidelines. Which is pretty neat.

I’ve wanted to shoot some pictures there for a while. Today seemed as good a day as any. I got some really good stuff, but won’t get to editing it until tomorrow. I’m too tired to do more than a few “samples” tonight. Garry shot some nice pictures too.

Lilies on the small canal

It was an exceptionally bright day and the light played strange tricks with my camera and on our eyes. Both Garry and I were having a lot of trouble seeing either through the viewfinder or on the LCD. The light was so very bright and right in our faces.

I got lucky and the light streaked interestingly, creating some unusual effects that are completely natural. I wish I could reproduce them … but right now, they are officially a happy accident. More tomorrow. We will have to revisit this scene in a couple of weeks when the trees have changed. I think it will be amazing.

Sun streaks by Crown and Eagle central canal

You would certainly never guess that this was anything but luxury housing. It is as high-end as this kind of housing could be.

Because it is in Uxbridge, the project is riddled by scandal, accusations of graft, corruption, flipping, excessive and unreported profits, vanishing money … the usual litany of “local business as usual.”

That being said, the resurrected Crown and Eagle is beautiful.

Crown and Eagle main tower. It appears to be the moon over the building but I think it’s a distortion of light.

After we finished taking our pictures,  I thought “gee, I wouldn’t mind living here.” Except for all that graft and corruption … and hey, this is Uxbridge. We expect nothing less.