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UploadedNovember 2, 2010
TakenOctober 16, 2010
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riding I-95 in Rhode Island and staring out the window that was smeared by Sophie's cold wet nose when I got to thinkin' that the smear might make an interesting filter and decided to click a pic.

One of the referendums for Rhode Island voters to decide today is whether or not to change the state's official name from The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (as it appears on the King's Charter granted in 1663) to just The State of Rhode Island.

There are those who believe that the use of the word plantations is an unwanted reminder of our past when Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was a major player in the slave trade. Not only did Rhode Island and Providence Plantations have plantations using slave labor, but Newport, RI was a major center for the production of rum which was shipped by Rhode Islanders to Africa in exchange for slaves that were then transported to the West Indies and exchanged for molasses which was then transported back to Newport to make more rum. It was known as the Triangle Trade because the route formed a giant triangle on a map.

Others believe the name shouldn't be changed for it has nothing to do with slavery. The name appears this way on the King's Charter because originally the colony was two separate settlements: Providence settled in 1636 by Roger Williams and Newport settled in 1638 by (among others) Anne Hutchinson.

Then I suppose there are those in the state who feel the name shouldn't be changed because what's the point of being the smallest state in the union if you can't have the biggest name.

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  • Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    great great great

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    It's all a blurr to me, very nice and I loved the read. Hope they work it out.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    I always like these shots,,when I look at it I am moved along with it..this was an interesting read as well...always learn something on JPG lol

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Intersting read and terrific capture has a abstract quality to it John :)

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    That makes a dandy filter. Lovely image.... I thought was already was "Rhode Island". Shows you what I know.

  • gerry cyr

    gerry cyr gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    cool image. And, your position on the referendum?

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (2 Nov 2010):

    Thanks for the accompanying words. Very interesting indeed. Let us know the decision if you think of it tomorrow.

    The photo is gorgeous:)

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    ok John, what do you think? Should it be changed? This is very interesting, please give us update on the result. This is kinda cool image!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Great job! You should have included the name Monet in there somewhere! LOL

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    like a still from monet's great lost road movie -- beautiful

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    spill the wine!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Monet, but on second look, this JL ~ !!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    I immediately thought of Monet as well. What interesting reading and I too will be interested in the people's decision.

  • Vladan Djordjevic

    Vladan Djordjevic gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    I agree, this is like Monet painting. An excellent photo!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Fantastic image, John!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

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  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    As if a Monet from a bullet train...wonderful!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    and the decision?

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    What a great result! A very beautiful abstract of colors and light. Too bad we don't know more about the history of our country. Some things may not be so "offensive" if we knew the true origins. It helps to understand that history is just that...history. In the past. Great musings, John.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    This is beautiful! Sophie knew what she was doing.. lol Interesting narrrative..

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (4 Nov 2010):


  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (4 Nov 2010):

    ... heard the story on NPR. The photo is absolutely great!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (5 Nov 2010):

    Love the effect, Makes for a great abstract. Interested in the vote results.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Fantastic shot!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2010):

    A great filter! Love this.

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (7 Nov 2010):

    love love love

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (7 Nov 2010):

    Wonderful John, and thanks for the bit of history!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (8 Nov 2010):


  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker gave props (8 Nov 2010):

    Lovely! Should i assume Sophie is a dog and not your good lady wife with a heavy cold????????

  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (6 Dec 2010):

    yes like a Monet

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