Revolutionary Day in CT.

This past Friday, the 5th grade at Windermere School in Ellington participated in an all day affair to experience what life might have been like for the early colonists during the time of the Revolutionary War.  The American War of Independence which took place during the years of 1775-1783.  The students have been studying the American Revolution, learning about the major battles, the colonial leaders, the involvement of the women and how the Americans fought so courageously and why the war last eight years.  A week ago, the students were lucky enough to take a trip to Boston Massachusetts to walk the Freedom Trail.  So as we enjoy this Memorial Day weekend…take a moment to reflect on how our country gained it’s independence and think about all the men and women who fought for us.  With grateful hearts give thanks.   FYI…these photos are straight out of my new Nikon D700 camera….no editing!  I’m impressed.

Michael dressed as if an American soldier during the Revolutionary War.

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Ellington CT Windermere School Mike Cella

The day began with all students marching in line and a salute to the American flag.

The students are learning about the line up for marching taught by drill sergeant Herb Loughery, a teacher from Historic New England Roseland Cottage.

Mom and Mike together on this special day.

The children gathered around and sang songs of the Colonial and Revolutionary Period.

The children enjoyed playing games from that period of time.

The children learned about the muskets used by colonists to win our independence from sergeant Brian Zawodniak of Peter’s Corp.

 The students also learned about the horrible conditions at the combat hospitals and what there poor men went through without modern medicine and surgical equipment.

The children learn about marching together and how they were to attack the British.

This wonderful day ended with shooting off the musket from sergeant Brian Zawodniak you writes a blog…life of a soldier. Read about it here.

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Suzanne - May 27, 2012 - 11:23 am

These photos tell quite the story for the kids and adults alike. Thank you Catherine for taking these. Great memories.

Irela - May 28, 2012 - 8:36 am

What a wonderful documentation for a very significant time in history and mostly for the kids. Beautifully done Catherine.

Theresa DaSilva Gentile - May 28, 2012 - 9:22 am

So glad you captured this day…the kids all had a fantastic day! Your pictures are incredible!!

Sharon - May 30, 2012 - 6:37 am

What great photos of a great event!

Donna M. - June 2, 2012 - 9:51 am

Wonderful photos. I enjoyed looking through them all. The kids looked like they really enjoyed the day and it’s nice the school does this type of event for them.

Up Close with Ally

Project 52 ~ Week 20
Theme for this week’s challenge “Closer.”

I enjoyed the challenge this week. I tried something new to get this image…can anyone guess?  It’s fun and easy and if you look CLOSER you may figure it out. It’s three pieces of mirror taped together to make a triangle.  My model and friend Ally put it up to her face…with a wide angle lens I took the photograph!  I thought it was pretty neat.  Give it a try!

Ally thanks for being my model and glad you love it!  That makes me happy!  Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Ellington CT Photographer Aleina Page

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asmplelife - May 26, 2012 - 7:42 am

what a great idea! looks fantastic =]

Sharon - May 26, 2012 - 10:00 am

This is awesome and so creative, I love it!

Julie - May 26, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Cool shot!

Anastasia - May 27, 2012 - 6:35 am

Catherine, It doesn’t seem to matter what your subject is – you seem to make each one a masterpiece!

Catherine - May 27, 2012 - 6:49 am

Anastasia, That is one of the nicest compliments I have ever gotten. Thank you very much for your kind words. They truly mean a lot to me.

I thank all you ladies for such nice words. I greatly appreciate them.

Irela - May 28, 2012 - 8:39 am

How creative! Love this idea and Ally made for a super cute model. Nicely done Catherine.

Ferns…they come up a winner!

Project 52 ~ Week 20
Theme for this week’s challenge “Patterns.”

This week’s challenge brought me outside to my gardens.  It was another week of rain on and off and things were looking very bright…and green!  My gardens are starting to fill in very nicely and I love some of the ferns in them so I thought…cool pattern here.  Let’s give it a shot!  I have to admit I like what I came out with.  One thing about photo challenges…they really push you to truly look around and think outside the box.  A great reason to be a part of them.  We would love for you to join us…it’s never to late.  So here’s the winners for this week on Ellenburg Photography!
joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ Featured on Ellenburg Photographyjoyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Ellington CT nature photographer Ferns

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Irela - May 20, 2012 - 11:18 am

Wonderful focus, intense color. Another great interpretation. Congrats on your feature. Well deserved.

Judy - May 21, 2012 - 1:43 pm

This is so rich and has such depth. Nice job!