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The U.S. Clean Water Act was inspired in part by the Blackstone River, which runs from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island.  It was really the home of the industrial revolution in the U.S. because of the 500 foot drop in the River’s elevation between Worcester and Providence.  It was dammed no less than 49 times along the way, to create water wheels and power for the many, many mills that began to populate the region in the early 1800’s. That was a long time ago of course and the mills have largely disappeared, chasing cheaper labor first to the south, and then globally. Meanwhile, the River, which was once known as the hardest working river in the U.S. became known as the most polluted.  Keep in mind that the Clean Water Act was signed into law by a Republican President.  There were other equally polluted rivers of course, but the Blackstone was up there.

Things can change.  Out in the River, “rebranded” the Seekonk River at this location for some reason, just south of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with the RiverTours Blackstone (highly recommended by the way, hit the link if you’re interested) we could see evidence of the change all around us……fish and lots of them.  Hard to see at first because of the sand stirred up by the boat, and the fact that I didn’t have a polarizing lens with me to cut down the glare in the water, but they were there.





Their relative invisibility however, was also defensively useful.  They were far from alone.  The bird activity was intense and impressive.  I’m not a bird photographer, but though I’d share a few examples.




The fish now face the challengers that they have always faced, as it should be (I’d include fishermen and women on that list as well, but not yet.  You’re not supposed to eat fish from the River, yet.)




During these extraordinarily difficult times I think it’s very important to keep in mind a few successes. We can make things better, if we care to.  The Blackstone River is getting cleaner.

Thanks for the Thanksgiving Shots

Had a wonderful weekend in Newport, Rhode Island with the family.  Increasingly we like to hit the road for Holidays.  Newport was festive, in a quiet sort of way.  Walking from the hotel to the restaurant we noted the incredible sunset scene over the harbor.  I had the camera, but it was pretty dark.  My wonderful daughter Molly suggested using one of the pier pilings for a camera support.  ISO up to 3200 and here we go.  This is real panorama so you’re going to have to click on it to enjoy.

Thanks Molly!  Newport is known for its mansions, but it’s really about the sea.  I chose to focus on the sea for this visit.  In the Harbor, terrific reflections for abstracts. (The remaining images are smaller panoramas, still worth a click.

Along the eastern Cliff Walk, the Ocean.



Much to be Thankful for….

Weekend in Newport Rhode Island

Had a terrific weekend with the family in Newport Rhode Island.  Definitely a good locale for travel photography.

I was inspired by the walk over the Goat Island Causeway to create a panorama, now up at  Click here for

The Goat Island Causeway Panorama.

We had one beautiful evening…

But then the weather went down hill, requiring a bit more imagination…

Maybe there were just too many boats….

Oh well, no one had to walk the plank.  I hope.

(Images copyright (c) 2010 James M. Hunt, James Hunt Photography.  All rights reserved.)