Blackstone Canal Reclamation by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

August 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The Blackstone Canal is an amazing place. At one time, it was an engineering marvel. A watery superhighway connecting Worcester, MA to Providence, RI (and Narragansett Bay). This was the 19th Century method of moving cargo and people. 45 miles in length, 35 feet in width, 49 locks, and a 451-foot rise between endpoints. It was amazing and sparked immense economic growth for the region.

The Blackstone Canal system was also problematic. Ice in the winter would stall operation (as an example). Opened in 1828, it closed in 1848 and the railroad took over.

In 1971, the region became a part of the National Register of Historic Places (in stages). Here we see the remnants of the preserved canal as nature takes back its territory. The result is quite striking and beautiful in filtering light and reflective waters. 

All photos featured were taken during a hike in Lincoln, RI in August 2020. 

Forested Canal

ForestedCanal_20200823_850_6317Forested CanalTrees reclaimed the banks of the historic Blackstone Canal. Light filters through the standing and fallen trees yielding spectacular reflections.

Reflected And Filtered

ReflectedAndFiltered_20200823_850_5929Reflected And FilteredTrees reclaimed the banks of the historic Blackstone Canal. Light filters through the standing and fallen trees yielding spectacular reflections.

Trees Fallen In Canal

TreesFallenInCanal_20200823_850_6341Trees Fallen In CanalTrees reclaimed the banks of the historic Blackstone Canal. Light filters through the standing and fallen trees yielding spectacular reflections.

Photos from our Made From RI Gallery portfolio display "Landscape" (all photos are available as prints, canvas wraps, framed works, cards, or many other formats). See more here: https://www.madefromrigallery.com/p39755272
 

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