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Rivers. October 19, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Rivers in autumn.  Dark, mysterious, wreathed in color, heavy with the sweet scent of decay, with tannic swirls along their descending paths to the sea.

The Chickley in Charlemont:


…and farther up in Hawley, my former neighbor to the south:

chickley road

The South River in my new home, Conway, sulking its way down valley on a dark day:

south river

The Cold in Florida, shrouded in morning mist:


…And at their mouths, collecting them, shepherding them to the sea, the Connecticut, here looking down river into Hadley, where the college crew teams practice:

conn crew

…and there looking up river into Montague, placid, swirling to a slow beat:

conn montague

Water of life, rivers of time, inescapable and precious.

Long may they flow.


1. Pagan Sphinx - October 19, 2009

Oh, my. These are stunning, Ralph. I haven’t been out much but you have! I’m glad to see that, as I know well how important that connection is to you, daily. Perhaps a testimony to your morsel of Native American heritage. Perhaps an other-worldly spirit. All good, either, or and any way.


All the best to you and Susan. She (you both) are in my thoughts deeply.

All the love,

2. Suzi Riot - October 19, 2009

Just gorgeous!

3. Frau Biergut - October 20, 2009

Thanks for keeping the fires burning Sunday night. Holly and I both really appreciate it.


4. Randal Graves - October 20, 2009

These are fantastic. The best time of the year.

5. sherry - October 20, 2009

lovely, as your spirit is. be well.

6. littlebangtheory - October 20, 2009

Frau B, it’s my pleasure. You’ve been there for me on more than one extended occasion, and feeding your stove is such a little thing.

The rest of you, thanks, both for your appreciation of my efforts and for your powerfully kind thoughts.

7. Laurie B - October 20, 2009

Nice photos, you love this part of our world. Good on ‘ya for keeping the neighbors fire alight. Life in near the hilltowns is nice (though I’m a flatlander in Sun’land).

8. Dr. Rona Michelson - October 21, 2009

Great post! I remember Big Boy from my youth, although I never ate there, it was part of my environment. What a terrific photo of him!

9. littlebangtheory - October 21, 2009

Dr. RM, great to have you visit. Always pleased when new folks notice. 😉

Laurie, I’ve been diggin’ Sunderland lately, and expect to have some photos taken in Riverside Cemetery up in the near future.

Hey, the flatlands have their charms!

10. susan - October 24, 2009

Very, very beautiful time of year. I’ve developed what I think is an unrealistic fear of cold winters but your pictures of the prelude in a place with obvious seasons make me long for the east coast again.

I hope you’re feeling better.

11. susan - November 22, 2009

and these again.

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