Shamrock Green!

Project 52 Week 11 – Theme for this week’s challenge “Green.”

This week I decided it was all about “The Luck of the Irish.”   St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner and I decided to go out and buy myself a Shamrock plant.  Do you think it will bring me any luck?

Actually, this past week I was one lucky gal!  I spent five days attending our CTPPA (Connecticut Professional Photographers Association) convention and not only was it absolutely wonderful learning from some of the best photographers in the country… I won three fabulous prizes!

Yes…a $100.00 scholarship to be used toward photography education, NIK software the “Complete Collection”, Professional Photographic tools for Photoshop and Kevin Kubota’s Raw Workflow for Lightroom 3 and 4.  I was quite surprised to say the least  and I thought to myself…I should go buy a lotto ticket!

I may not be Irish but  you could say the “Luck of the Irish” was with me!  So as the weekend draws near may you be lucky too and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Michael Broome - March 15, 2012 - 4:49 pm

Been really busy lately and have missed seeing your page and blog. Looks like I have some catching up to do. Put together a FB page for The Photo Place, would like to highlight your place (you do really great work and I love your place) at sometime in the future.

Michael
The Photo Place

Sharon - March 16, 2012 - 10:25 am

Catherine, congrats to you for being so lucky this week! I love all the green in this shot.

Catherine - March 31, 2012 - 5:40 am

Michael,
Thank you so much for your kinds words and it would be a pleasure to be featured on your site. Any time…just let me know.

Moser Farms Dairy Ice Cream

Project 52 Week 10 – Theme for this week’s challenge “Flower Power.”

For this week’s challenge I wanted to learn about creating a postcard using textures in Photoshop and I really enjoyed learning about this process.  I had to first find a postcard texture so I researched for one on Flickr.  The postcard texture I used is from Leenda K and you can find it here.  After contacting Leenda to let her know I loved her texture and was pleased to learn she shares it with others.  I also found out Leenda lives in Australia but grew up right here in Connecticut.  What a small world it  truly is.

I was very excited to find out about the history of Moser Farms Dairy so I contacted Mr. Moser who still resides right here in Ellington, Connecticut.  Mr. Moser was more than delighted to share the history of his business and even took the time out of his busy day to stop by my home.  We had a wonderful time talking about his business and about the joy of growing up on a dairy farm.  For those of you who may not know, I also grew up on an 80 acre dairy farm in Columbia, Connecticut and milked many cows in my younger days.

Moser Farms Dairy, Inc. was formed in 1957 by the Moser family of Ellington, Connecticut.  From 1957 through 1986, the Mosers developed a substantial dairy business primarily focusing on the manufacturing and processing of milk.  The operation began bottling milk and selling it from door to door in the local area.  The first day’s production was 57 quarts!  The business continued to grow by buying milk from local farmers and co-ops and increasing the distribution to the retail market up to 350,00 quarts a day!

The Moser Farms Dairy Ice Cream was very well known from the folks I talked with and they told me it was the richest most sweetest ice cream they had ever tasted.

In the latest 1960′s, the Mosers made the decision to diversify their business by adding juice products to their product line.  Since 1987, the Mosers concentrated on the manufacturing of fruit juices, fruit drinks and spring water using the facilities and equipment that had been retained after the sale of the dairy business, thus changing the name ‘Moser Farms Dairy’ to ‘Natural Country Farms, Inc.’  In 1995, Natural Country Farms merged with Ohio Pure Foods of Akron, Ohio and formed a new mother company under the name “Country Pure Foods.’

Today, Country Pure Foods Ellington operation is the largest of its kind in the Northeast.  Country Pure Foods was built on a foundation of quality and service and that remains the philosophy today.  The Team who built this business is very active in today’s day to day operations and have not forgotten that a satisfied customer is a repeat customer.

My neighbor Kim is lucky enough to still have one of their ice cream containers and she graciously let me borrow it to photograph this image.  Thanks Kim….I love how this came out and I hope you do too!

I actually photographed this ice cream container many different ways and places in our home and if interested the images will be for sale shortly in my Joy of Giving Back gallery on my website with 10% of the sales going to the Scleroderma Foundation to help with research for this very rare disease which I have been diagnosed with.  The gallery can be found here.joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Moser Farms Dairy Ellington CT  CT Photographer

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Pat Fraser - March 13, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Cath, loved the article. Reminded me of taking your cousin Michael there to see the animals they used to have, and of course have the wonderful ice cream.
I am sure you enjoyed the time spent with Mr. Moser. So gracious of Mr. Moser to spend the time with you to share his memories of a towns legacy.

Aunt Pat

Sharon - March 13, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Catherine, Wonderful both the story and image. I love the vintage feel in this photo.

Julie - March 13, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Beautiful.

Judy - March 14, 2012 - 9:17 am

I just love the tones of this photo, so soft and creamy! No pun intended!

Roger Moser - March 16, 2012 - 1:16 am

You did a wonderful job with the story, and the picture is fabulous. You have a wonderful web and blog sight. It was great to meet you the other day, and to say the least, You are one busy women.

Boy, I wish I had some of that ice cream now! Let me know when this picture goes on sale.

Thanks,Roger

Joni - March 16, 2012 - 1:18 am

Hi Catherine,
I loved this photo you posted! You are very creative! It was a great idea to give the history of the dairy along with your picture. I have to say it was the best ice cream around! What a shame they no longer make it!
I am looking forward to looking at your blog when I can spend more time enjoying the photos. I looked at it quickly and it is very impressive.
God bless you.
Joni

I Heart Faces ~ Beautiful Black & White

Seek the wisdom of the ages,
but look at the world through the eyes of a child.  ~Ron Wild

This week’s photo challenge at I Heart Faces is “Beautiful Black and White”.  I decided to enter this image I captured of little Miss Natalie.  I’ve known Miss Natalie for many years and I have always admired how her big brown eyes just smile when she looks at you. She has a way of instantly warming your heart with her look of young and innocent.

Do you love to photograph?  Do you love to look at beautiful faces?  Then come on over to i heart faces and get inspired by all this week’s entries!  Wishing you a day filled with love and laughter!  Smiles and Blessings, Catherine
joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_iheartfaces photo contest

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Catherine R. - March 9, 2012 - 10:28 am

Beautiful eyes! Great image!

Renee - March 9, 2012 - 10:32 am

Stunning image. What a beautiful girl. I love her direct gaze.

Brian C. - March 9, 2012 - 11:31 am

Simply beautiful!

Piper - March 9, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Oh my…this is simply beautiful!

Debbie Allan - March 9, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Love how the scarf frames her face so perfectly.

Sharon - March 9, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Catherine, she truly is a beautiful little girl.

Laura - April 12, 2012 - 4:19 am

This is absolutely stunning. What a photo to treasure.

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