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2013 Great American Jeep Rally

This past Saturday, September 14th I had the time of my life capturing a ton of fun that was happening at the 11th Annual Great American Jeep Rally held at Valley Truck and Off Road located on Lower Butcher Road right here in Ellington, Connecticut.

Jeep enthusiasts traveled from all over the northeast to show their appreciation for Jeeps of all kinds…military, antique, new as well as old, stock to even heavily modified.  There were multiple raffles given by the generous sponsors and seven different trophy awards for a variety of categories including “Best in the Show”.  There were over 750 jeeps (a new record) that attended this event and as an attendee they were able to test their Jeeps articulation on one of the RTI Ramps and play in the Rock Garden just to name a few of the events.  Driving their jeeps through the mud pit seemed to be quite the thrill for many.  There was entertainment for folks of all ages throughout the day.  Great food vendors, vendors selling Jeep ware and local organized wheeling clubs.

So why the Rally?   To raise money for charity and continue its efforts in supporting The Northeast Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Inc.  (NEA4WDC).   This organize, established in 2001 has twenty-two member clubs with a combined membership of over 3,000.  Its mission is to protect and promote environmentally responsible Off-Highway Vehicle recreation…YES!  However, maintaining a harmonious relationship between OHV enthusiasts and landowners. To support and educate our Local, State and National agencies in the preservation of OHV recreation.

The member clubs in the NEA4WDC have been enjoying Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation on permission granted land for several years. These clubs and others similar have removed tons of illegally dumped garbage from our natural areas. I love that…protecting our beautiful environment.  The members practice the principles of Tread Lightly®, respect private property and always leave with more than they come with.

One of the charities for this year’s event was “Helping Hands Monkey Helpers for the Disabled”.  An organization established in 1979, and the only non-profit organization in the world that raises and trains capuchin monkeys to provide daily, in-home assistance to people living with spinal cord injury or other mobility impairments. More information can be found at www.MonkeyHelpers.org.

Enjoy browsing through the photos to get a glimpse at the excitement I witnessed.  I took many, many photos and they will all be available for purchased with 20% of all profits going directly back to The Great American Jeep Rally Organization.  Please click here to see all photos for sale.

These first four images I just LOVE because of the way the processing came out.  What great posters they would make!
2013-09-14_00042013-09-14_00032013-09-14_00012013-09-14_0002Just a couple of the many wonderful sponsors that came out for the event.
2013-09-18_00012013-09-18_00042013-09-18_0005This is the beginning of the “Rock Climb” as I referred to it.  These jeep enthusiasts are brave and they surely don’t mind the smashing and crashing their
jeeps take going through the course.  I was truly blown away.

2013-09-18_00402013-09-18_0002The mud pit from the rear view and the jeeps drove through it!  Watch out…you could get covered with just a bit of mud!
2013-09-18_00382013-09-18_0044Three cheers for the girls that came out and did the courses…I was pretty darn impressed.  You girls “rock’!”
2013-09-18_00242013-09-18_0025Things started out ok for this rider but you’ll see…he made the best of it…then flip. The crowd loved it!
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2013-09-18_00332013-09-18_00342013-09-18_00352013-09-18_0036All the jeeps lined up to take their chance going through the mud pit!  Way to go ladies!!!
2013-09-18_00272013-09-18_00282013-09-18_0029They don’t even look like they got a bit of mud of them…impressive.
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2013-09-19_0001Yes sometimes the big machines were brought out to assist with helping the jeeps get out of the rocks.
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I met Dorian from Vernon and loved watching him have the time of his life jumping in the mud. 2013-09-18_0037When necessary the Bob Cat was brought out to make the mud pit a bit more challenging.  That looks like a job I would love to do.
2013-09-18_00122013-09-18_00112013-09-18_00142013-09-18_00132013-09-18_0010If any jeep got stuck in the mud these two assisted in pulling them out.
2013-09-18_00452013-09-18_00092013-09-18_0003There were many old classic and vintage jeeps at the event to admire and check out.
2013-09-18_0006Some seemed to need a bit of work too.
2013-09-18_0041Many looked like this one at the end of the day.  All in need or a good car wash.
2013-09-18_00432013-09-18_00422013-09-18_0039There were trophies given to the winners at the end of the event.  How wonderful it must have been to receive one of those.
2013-09-19_0002Looking around I spotted this jeep that I could see myself owning.  Perhaps some day!
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Evan - September 19, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Your photos are awesome!

Jen - September 19, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Thank you so much for helping out The Great American Jeep Rally on Saturday!!!! We LOVE the pictures that you have!!!!! It was so nice to see the Rally through your eyes!!!! Thank you for everything and we can’t wait to see you next year!!!! We will have a MEDIA shirt waiting for you!!!!!

Kermit Frog - September 19, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Great photos! I won a trophy there for best xj in show, I personally know the rest of the trophy winners except the best tj. My club won best xj, cj, yj, jk, and best in show. Thanks for this archive!

Bonnie - September 19, 2013 - 9:38 pm

This looks like so much fun. AND THE MUD! Oh my goodness, all the mud!
Great pics! You really captured the spirit of the day!

Catherine - September 19, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Jen, I can’t wait to be apart of this fantastic day again next year.

Chelle {Everyday Polish} - September 21, 2013 - 8:25 pm

You’re right these would make great posters! I especially like the shots in the mud and with the bright orange truck-great color!

Devin ~ Ellington High Class of 2014

I was very excited to meet Devin and do his high school photos…for one I haven’t photographed a male senior in awhile and second I got to use my new background!  When Devin saw the backdrop I made he thought…pretty cool!  That was enough of an approval for me.

Devin is one of those guys who loves and is an “expert” in video games!  A nice guy who is looking forward to culinary school when he finishes high school.  I hope he remembers me if he ever needs someone for taste testing.

Devin here’s a few images from your mini session!  I wish you the best in the coming year and enjoy ever one of those last days of Ellington High!  Precious moments that fly by so fast!
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Devin Ellington High Class of 2014
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Ellington High School CT 2014 Graduate

joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Ellington Ct Senior Portait PhotographerIf you haven’t had your high school portraits done and want to experience a fun and unique session designed just for you and work with someone who truly has a passion for what she does then contact Catherine today!  You’ll be happy you did!

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Donna F. - September 13, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Good looking kid and love the cool background!!

Sharon - September 13, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Very nice.

Bonnie - September 13, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Great backdrop! So clever!

Wendy Kane - September 14, 2013 - 6:08 am

Great Job! The backdrop rocks and your model is quite handsome.

Graffiti in CT.

This week a friend and I went on a small journey to discover to this old abandoned factory in Manchester where there is suppose to be some great graffiti in many abandoned buildings. Well we certainly found it and as creepy as these buildins were the graffiti was amazing. There are a couple of parts to this old factory which I really wondered what they manufactured as I went stumbling through the ruins. There’s the mill and a structure that looks like an old hangar. It looked to me that part of the mill collapsed but the rest remains standing and is full of graffiti among other things like empty paint spray cans, paint trays and yes just trash. However…it was truly cool to photograph.

I’m just waiting for the perfect client who would love to do a photo session here.  It would be amazing with such detail.  High school seniors love places like this full of grunge and graffiti.  So if you know of anyone who would be brave enough to do a session here, contact me…I promise they’ll love it!

Enjoy looking through these images and pay attention to all the detail in these buildings…creepy but cool.  FYI…I would not go here alone. If you go, bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes…it’s a bit of a hike. Oh you would like to know where this place is?  It’s behind Bob’s Discount Furniture… just look for the smoke stack from the road.  Enjoy your journey.

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Irela - September 6, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Wow! What a great find and totally cool place. I’ve still yet to find anything like that here. Can’t wait to see all the amazing images that come out from there. Get busy lady!!

Sharon - September 6, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Unbelievable photos! Love the second one down with the skeleton. Looking forward to seeing more.

Wendy Kane - September 7, 2013 - 8:28 am

This would make a great backdrop for a Halloween session! There is definitely a creep factor going on in some of these shots. I’m going to have to check it out!

Jessie - September 7, 2013 - 8:34 am

Wow, awesome shots!

Irene - September 7, 2013 - 9:30 am

Amazing photography!

Bonnie - September 7, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Love the graffiti!
I can just picture a rock band posed up against it. Or a wedding party. I know, oddball, but really would be neat!

Jess - September 8, 2013 - 12:08 am

I love abandoned places. The art here is impressive – not what you’d expect to find behind a Bob’s store!

Kim - September 13, 2013 - 8:25 pm

What an amazing place…I would love to have photos taken here with my kids.

Cathy Testa - September 17, 2013 - 8:03 pm

REMARKABLE. Really cool. You continue to amaze me…

marisol - June 8, 2014 - 12:44 pm

How do you get the abandoned factories in Manchester?

Joyful Reflections Photography - June 27, 2014 - 11:58 am

Marisol,it’s behind Bob’s Discount Furniture.Trails from Northwest Park.

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