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Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Music" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Music."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Snowy Egret - Photograph

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I recently took this photograph at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT.

Tree Reflection - Photograph

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I recently took this photograph at Perry's Mill Pond in Fairfield, CT.

Swan - Photograph

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I recently took this photograph of a swan at the reservoir in Easton, CT.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Putnam Memorial State Park Entrance - Photograph

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This is 1 of 7 posts of photographs that I took during a recent trip to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT.

I made a copy of the park map and self-guided walking tour for the site, which can be seen here.

4. MAIN ENTRANCE AREA – Civil War cannons and miniature blockhouses flank the road. Blockhouses were used in frontier areas during the French and Indian War where Israel Putnam achieved fame for his courageous exploits. There are several other Civil War cannons inside the park. These weapons were surplus arms from the Civil War which ended only a few years prior to the park’s commissioning. The gateway view focuses on the Monument.

Putnam's Escape At Horseneck - Photograph

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This is 2 of 7 posts of photographs that I took during a recent trip to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT. (Note: the painting was at the museum.)

3. "PUTNAM’S ESCAPE AT HORSENECK" – BRONZE STATUE – is on the front lawn of the Visitor Center. It was sculpted by renowned local artist Anna Hyatt Huntington at her estate just a few miles from the park. Ms. Huntington was 94 when she completed the statue for its 1969 dedication at the park. The bronze depicts General Israel Putnam’s legendary ride down the stone steps in Greenwich, then called "Horseneck", where he narrowly escaped from the British dragoons.

War Comes To Connecticut - Photograph

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This is 3 of 7 posts of photographs that I took during a recent trip to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT.

The visitor center had descriptions of historical events during the Revolutionary War time period, weapons, tools, and a 3D diagram of the camp. (Note: the Dragoon helmut was in the museum.)

1. VISITOR CENTER – This building was originally built in 1893 as the park pavilion. It was used as a shelter during inclement weather, for dances and picnics, and for town events. The upstairs was used as the original park museum. The building was dismantled board by board in 2005, and reconstructed into a 4-season climate controlled visitor center where visitors can get a park orientation prior to entering the historic encampment.

Monument and Cannon - Photograph

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This is 4 of 7 posts of photographs that I took during a recent trip to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT.

5. MEMORIAL MONUMENT – Constructed in 1888, one year after the commissioning of the memorial park, this monument honors the men of the three different camps in Redding during that winter of 1778-79. The monument was the very first structure erected at the park. The visitor can read the names of the different brigade generals who commanded the camps under Major General Israel Putnam’s command.

Winter 1778 - 1779 Encampment - Photograph

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This is 5 of 7 posts of photographs that I took during a recent trip to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT.

2. "CAMP GUARDHOUSE" – A log hut which was reconstructed about 1890 on the remains of a hut from 1778. The actual purpose of the original structure is in question, although local lore said it was the Guard House. The construction and size of the hut gives the visitor an approximation of one of the 116 enlisted men’s soldiers huts. Each hut contained 12 soldiers.

10. OFFICER'S QUARTERS/MAGAZINE – This structure was reconstructed on the original foundations that are cut into the hillside. Long thought to be an officer’s barracks, recent information is now leading archaeologists to believe it was actually the camp magazine which held the kegs of gunpowder. The location far away from troop quarters and being semi-enclosed in the earthen bank support this theory. More research will be done on this site.

6. COLLAPSED CHIMNEY REMAINS (FIREBACKS) AND COMPANY STREET – The enlisted men’s encampment consisted of 116 log huts set in a double row for almost a quarter mile down the company street. The only above ground remains of those huts today are the piles of collapsed stone chimneys. Each stone pile, or fireback, marks the location of a 1778 hut. The men camped in this location belonged to Brig. Gen. Enoch Poor’s New Hampshire Brigade and the 2nd Canadian Regiment under Col. Moses Hazen. The fireplaces and chimneys were made of local fieldstone. The huts had dimensions of 16 x 12 feet. Each hut held the 12 soldiers who built their own hut. The troops lived in tents until their huts were completed in late December. Ongoing archaeological field work has told us much about the huts and their occupants.

Colonial Kitchen / Living - Photograph

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This is 6 of 7 posts of photographs that I took during a recent trip to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT.

7. MUSEUM – This building contains exhibits and historical materials including artifacts unearthed at the campsite during archaeological excavations. The museum was built in 1921 by long time Redding Town Historian Margaret Wixted’s father. This building replaced the original museum housed on the second floor of the old 1893 Pavilion. Park Guides are present to tell visitors about the park and answer questions. Hours are posted at the park gates or at the Visitor Center.

This is my entry for this week's Tuesday's Treasures.

Philip's Cave - Photograph

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This is 7 of 7 posts of photographs that I took during a recent trip to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT.

9. PHILIP'S CAVE – Local legend says a shallow cave in this rock outcrop was used by one Mr. Philips. Philips was a soldier who returned after the war to live in this cave. He led the life of a hermit, including liberating an occasional chicken or produce from local farmers. He was evicted by the community. Another version said he was “permanently removed”.

Putnam Memorial State Park Self-Guided Walking Tour


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I recently went to Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding, CT. This is a copy of the map and self-guided walking tour for the site.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Zeppelin" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Zeppelin."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

I used G'MIC filter Arrays & tiles - Tiled normalization on this.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Air Mail Art" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Mail Art."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Snowy Egret - Photograph

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I recently took these photographs of a Snowy Egret at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT.

This is my entry for the following:

Wild Bird Wednesday
I'd Rather Be Birding
Camera Critters
Saturday's Critters

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Art Book Numbers" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Numbers."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Featured in the weekly sampler.

Ogden House - Photograph

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I recently took these photographs at the Ogden House in Fairfield, CT.

It was interesting to see and hear how the Colonists lived during the 1700s and 1800s.

This is my entry for this week's Tuesday's Treasures.

Ogden House - Photograph

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I recently took these photographs at the Ogden House in Fairfield, CT.

It was interesting to see and hear how the Colonists lived during the 1700s and 1800s.

Portrait of a Man Holding a Letter - Salecchi - Photograph

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I recently took this photograph of a painting at the Bellarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, CT.

Madonna and Child - Anonymous - Photograph

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I recently took this photograph of a painting at the Bellarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, CT.

Andromeda and Perseus - Matteis - Photograph

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I recently took this photograph of a painting at the Bellarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, CT.

Portrait of a Boy - Meytens - Photograph

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I recently took this photograph of a painting at the Bellarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, CT.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Silhouette Train - Florida Express" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Silhouette."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The background is here.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Flower Background" - Postcard

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I made a flower themed piece, and used this as the background for my silhouette piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This is my entry for this week's All Seasons.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Sail Away Nautical" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Sail Away."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This is also my entry for this week's All Seasons

"Blue Bird" - Postcard

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I made a bird themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This is my entry for this week's Tuesday's Treasures.