It’s Good For You!

Project 52 Week 16
Theme for this week’s challenge “It’s Good For You.”

What’s better for you than a day at the beach?  Warm sunshine…playing in the water…building sandcastles…reading a good book…it’s all good for you!  The best medicine in my opinion!

This past week we were on April vacation and we actually had a day that hit 92 degrees!  That’s crazy weather for Connecticut in April but I’ll take it.   So what better way to beat the heat then to enjoy a day at the beach.  So I packed up the car and met up with my step-daughter and grandkids for a day at Amston Beach and what a day we had.   The kids even went in the water!  For me…I let my toes play in as I walked along the waters edge.

This first image is my photo of the week and it just makes me feel warmth all over just looking at it.  I’m very excited for the warm days of summer to arrive.   For my book ,”The Artist’s Way”…a good read.  It’s all about finding your creative side…check it out!

I hope you had a wonderful Spring vacation…it’s back to school tomorrow!
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Mike skim boarding…something I didn’t think would even be possible at a lake.
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Princess “Sweet Pea” enjoying the water.
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joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ Amston Lake Beach  CT April 2012 CT photographerMike decides to go out for a swim!
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joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ Amston Lake Beach Ct April 2012 Kids photographerMiss Marisa just enjoying the opportunity to float around in the water.  She makes it look like the water is so warm…it was not!
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Anastasia - April 22, 2012 - 10:55 am

Your photo of the week picture perfect postcard. I feel like I am there.

Deborah - April 22, 2012 - 5:14 pm

I love these! Makes me what to go to the beach and read a book…and I what to read your book 🙂

Sharon - April 23, 2012 - 4:14 pm

I love your photo of the week and I enjoyed the other photos of the kids playing on the beach. Great fun.

“Stackable” Wins Featured Photo This Week!

Project 52 – Week 15
Theme for this week’s challenge “Stackable.”

I can hardly believe I placed in the top ten photos of the week for the weekly challenge again!  I’m getting pretty lucky these days…or is my photography just getting better?  You be the judge.  I am surely trying to improve with each challenge pushing myself to learn something new whether it’s lighting, composition or the trick of using a piece of 12 x 12 scrap booking paper for background as I did in this image.  A technique one of the photographers in our group recommended.  That’s why I love doing these projects…it pushes you to be creative and gives you a great opportunity to learn.

I love Necco’s and haven’t had them in ages so I stopped by our local CVS and purchased some.  I thought to myself buy them…photograph them…then eat them!  That’s exactly what I did!  Eating these candies reminds me to always keep the child alive in you.  Have you had one on your favorite all time candies lately?  Indulge and give yourself a treat!

Click here to have a look at the top ten photos for this week!  Have a great weekend…enjoy the beautiful weather!  Happy Spring break!
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Irela - April 14, 2012 - 10:20 am

Congratulations Catherine! This is one amazing well composed shot. You are rocking it……. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Laura - April 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Well deserved – it’s a great photo!

Sharon - April 14, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Love the colors! Great shot Catherine and congrats on winning again!

Deborah - April 15, 2012 - 8:59 am

I love this candy as it has a very long HISTORY, as I’ve seen it’s documentary on the HISTORY channel 🙂 Congrats on making TOP TEN! 🙂

Terry Lynn - April 15, 2012 - 9:05 am

I used to eat these all the time. Love the soft color here. I need to use my scrapbook paper more often! Great choice for a backdrop.

Fabyan Sugar Shack

This year I decided to get involved and help promote our Ellington Farmers Market and bring awareness to our community and customers about our wonderful vendors and farmers which together have helped our market grow and will continue to grow in the coming years.

 Eric Virkler, another local photographer and myself will be going behind the scenes and capturing these folks in their working environments.  There will be a gallery available for everyone to view the images and get a true glimpse of what goes into the makings of our Connecticut Farm Products and original hand-crafted goods that are featured each week at the market.   The photos will be available for purchase with a portion of the sales going to help with advertising and marketing of our market.

So with pleasure I bring to you Fabyan Sugar Shack which is located in the beautiful countryside of North Grosvenordale Connecticut.   Owners Gary Durand and Jeff Mailloux have operated this family run business for over 8 years.  They specialize in all things maple!  Of course, they have some of the finest maple syrup in New England, but the products they produce with their maple syrup are also excellent.   I was lucky enough to try the incredible maple cotton candy the day I went to visit them.  Some of their other maple products include maple peanut brittle, maple ice cream topping and maple jelly and maple candies.  Yummy!

Gary or Jeff are more than happy to provide a complete showing of the sugar house and a lesson or two on how sap becomes syrup.  They are super nice folks…all of them!  Besides selling their products at local farmers markets, Fabyan Sugar Shack provides to many local restaurants in their area like the famous Vanilla Bean Restaurant, 85 Main and Bill’s Bread & breakfast to mention just a few.

We do hope you will stop by and visit them and all our vendors at our Ellington Farmers Market on Saturday mornings starting May 5th from 9am to noon!  We are located at Arbor Park Rt.286/Main St. in the center of Ellington…right next to the Ellington Fire Department.  See you there!

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Sharon - April 12, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Wonderful photos captured perfectly. I would love to visit this place.

Irela - April 14, 2012 - 8:15 am

Catherine these are beautifully captured. Beautifully done!!

Judy - April 19, 2012 - 9:06 pm

What fun! Makes me wish I lived on the east coast so I could stop in. Lovely photos as well!

linda guastamachio - May 27, 2012 - 12:13 am

Really nice Catherine. Now I want to go get some maple products!

Muriel Pontbriant - February 22, 2014 - 1:38 pm

I just moved in at Sunshine Terrace… Can’t wait to go up the road to see your place and replenish my supply… Every year, I took my 7th grade students to Quebec and we always spent a night at the Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack)….. Miss those days.