Tuesday Photo Challenge – Surface

The power of the river

Welcome to week 148 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Thanks to everyone for the great contributions on last week’s theme; you managed to run with Crawl without any problem! For this week, I thought it might be fun to go with a theme that allows you to go to any level that you like: Surface! It’s up to your creative minds to document the surface, or see what surfaces or go below the surface to uncover what lies beneath. Of course, your surfaces can be of any topology that you choose!

Have some fun with this one and don’t hesitate to poke the surface and see what you stir up! I’m looking forward to your creative endeavors!

Here’s a surface with a slight ripple…

Liquid Power

This image came from a leisurely exploratory drive along the Connecticut river; as I drove North into Vermont, I thought it would be a good change of pace to drive South through New Hampshire. That’s where I found this hydro power plant in Bellows Falls, VT.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Enjoy your week and I can’t wait to see what floats to the surface in your creative endeavors!

Changing Times

Seasons and industry

The WordPress Daily Photo Challenge provides the theme of Transformation.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the change of the seasons; today, another area of transformation.

In New England, one of the changes we see in many towns is that transformation of industry across the last century or two. Mills were built everywhere during the 19th century, using the power of the water that was available in many locations.  However, as the 20th century changed the main source of power from water and steam to electrically driven manufacturing, locations of the mills would change. As a result, many of the bustling mills were abandoned and many towns faltered.

Here’s a look back into the 19th century…

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Mills on the Connecticut River

The good news is that many of these classic buildings are being repurposed as office space, living space and some new manufacturing. This type of reuse is fantastic to see!

Have a wonderful day!

Round the Bend

Perfect day on the river

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Rounded.  This topic gave me some immediate ideas, as Nature is full of rounded features.

The image that I decided on for this post is one from last weekend’s outing to Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, Massachusetts.  It was one of those fantastic days that don’t occur often in Autumn, although we have had an abundance of them this year! The Nashua river runs through Oxbow, as it meanders gently through a rather swampy area to create a wonderful wetlands location for birds, turtles and other animals.

Take a look back toward the light through trees, our eyes follow the river ’round the bend…

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Round the Bend

As you can tell, the weather was perfect!  A glassy surface reflects the trees on the opposite bank, as we can imagine gliding down the river in harmony with Nature.

Have a wonderful day!

Warped Wednesday – pt. 10

A dreamy view across the river…

While I’m still in Israel for a couple of days and missing a beauty of a snow storm that is battering New England, I thought there might be time for a quick Warped Wednesday before we get to Thursday haiku (yes, I’ve been writing them for over a year now and some are pretty decent).  As I was poking around through some of my more abstract work, my eye caught one shot from December 2016 that could use a bit of a treatment.

This image was taken during a walk through Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, which I always enjoy.  The swollen Nashua river provided a rich source for adjusted reflections…

Monet on the Nashua

The contrast between the branch rising above the river amidst the reflections of trees on the opposite shore caught my eye enough to capture this image.  What I did with it in post processing is to add a bit of surreal, dreamy quality to it in PhotoShop Express on the iPad; this lends it a bit more ability to draw in the eye and allow it to keep this loosely focused ephemeral grasp on the mind.

Hope you like this treatment and have a dreamy day!

As the River Grows

Water wins every time!

I decided to take a look at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this morning, as I had seen some excellent posts on some of the blogs that I follow on this week’s theme of The Road Taken.

It also made me think back to last weekend’s trek through the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge that is near to where I live.  In particular, it drew me back to the path taken by the river Nashua, as it’s swollen beyond its banks…

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The River Grows

As you can see, the road across the river may not be too passable!

And props to some of those blog posts I had noticed this week:

Hope you enjoy these posts!