Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Colonial

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives this week, hosted by fun Brisbane artist Tracy. Unique shadows with a historic flair are the shadowy subjects.

Patti and I again visited the historic Humphreys house in Ansonia, CT. Built in 1698, it is a scant 1.5 miles (2.4 km) miles from home. The Derby Historical Society have a ramp that allows me and the ‘chair get to view the first floor.

Ordinary items that project shadow art includes a punched tin lantern, a storage chest, a barrel and a period radiant fireplace cooker with a subtle shadowy wire loop. Nothing of real style, all having the honest and functional look of the day...

Colonial cooking was going on at two of the fireplaces, all in cast iron pots with red-hot embers on the lids: turkey, black bread with freshly churned butter, squash pie and more. Naturally, blogs, memes and shadows were sought, point-and shoot in tow. On the interior, two shots were taken in Lady Humphreys Parlor. This family was well to do , but the interior was quite stark by today’s style. Yet, the tea set is set up at the table for a guest. What is sparse is enhance by the shadows to sneak in through the windows.


David Humphreys was quite an impressive figure, not only significant in military affairs but an accomplished entrepreneur as well. 



He was a colonel in the Continental Army who was aide de camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, a diplomat in the fledgling US and an industrialist - for instance, he introduced to America the prized soft Merino sheep and the first textile mill in the US for luxurious Merino wool.

Shadows and history work well together, and we thank the great Derby Historical society for the museum, tour, food and of course the shadows. See Hey Harriet for so many more!



37 comments:

sarayutouched said...

no fair ralph, i haven't had breakfast yet...what a great place to visit. and it's so close to home. have a great weekend.

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific post for the day, Ralph! The old house is delightful! I love to visit places like this! Marvelous shadow shots and thanks for the very interesting history! Hope you have wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

What a splendid corner to have a cup of coffee :)
Have a great week!

http://fotochip.blogspot.com/2010/12/sssthe-shadow-of-me.html

Mama Zen said...

I really like that second shot!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Fabulous post...super-enchanting and gorgeous..just beautiful..I love it all. Thanks for sharing this gem!
Victoria
And thanks for your lovely words and visit!

frayedattheedge said...

I love visiting places like that - it's a pity it's just a bit too far away!!

Martha Z said...

A reminder of how little in material goods we actually require. Do we really need all the "stuff" most of us have cluttering up our lives and plunging us into debt.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What a lovely place/home. You're lucky to visit such vintagy treasure.
HOpe you enjoyed the day with Patti.

Cool shadow shot, bro. ENjoy & keep warm.

Have a sweet week-end.
/chie

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

I LOVE historic homes...and would have gladly joined you on your tour!! Lovely house. I adore those 12 over 12 pane windows!! Great shadows too!

Dianne said...

the table setting is so lovely and I really love the exterior
wonderful shots Ralph

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

You can just feel the history of this old dwelling and it's meager furnishings, I bet the smells coming from the kitchen were mouthwatering,
even the teacup and pots give a feel of homey atmosphere, what a lucky pair to have had bread in this wonderful piece of history!

Thanks for sharing bits of our historic past and their lifestyle through your dining experience...you had me at the squash pie!!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

A history lesson AND shadows! Imagine our luck! My daughter just got done with her book report on Betsy Ross...I will have to have her stop over to see this - what fun!!

Woody said...

The shadow in the first in the shape of a post is really nice. I like to study the construction details of both the furniture and the building in these old houses.

EG Wow said...

The Humphreys house looks stark by today's standards. It makes me realize how much STUFF we have in our homes nowadays, much of which we really don't need.

You found some great shadows, Ralph! I very much like the light coming trough the window in the first photo. Those shapes on the wall are really, really nice.

chubskulit said...

Look so regal, love your first shot Ralph!

Thanks for the visit.

Greyscale Territory said...

Wonderful photos! Love the delightful shadowy setting in the first photo! Such a fascinating place!

Paz said...

fun shadow shot captures. i'd like to visit this place.

paz

MyMaracas said...

Wow, that first shot could be a painting. You've really captured some wonderfully shadowy images. It looks like a great place to visit!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

The first shot is just lovely, the table set for tea with the shadows on the wall, gorgeous.

Serendipity said...

Such an elegant shadow at the tea table!

Cassie said...

Man Ralph, if we're ever in your area I'd love to have you give us a guided tour. Your ShadowShots are only rivaled by your accompanying commentary! HappySSS.

Hey Harriet said...

Thanks so much for the tour Ralph! The food sounded quite yummy! Oh and those flashing colored lights at the top of your blog are sweet! Have a great week ahead :)

BLOGitse said...

Thanks for sharing this piece of history with interesting and beautiful pictures.
Have a great week ahead!

indicaspecies said...

These are lovely shots. Have a nice day.

LauraX said...

wonderful shadows Ralph...I've been spending the weekend helping my daughter research colonial New Jersey for a school project...so quite apropos!

Sarah said...

That tea table looks very elegant and inviting. Interesting history of the place too!

SeaThreePeeO said...

Great pictures!

Herding Cats x

Paula Scott said...

Gorgeous shots, but that first one is absolutely delicious! And, inviting too!

Pagan Sphinx said...

I like the muted indoor tones and shadows and then the more vibrant red of the building outside in the sunshine. Well done!

Peace,
Gina

Joan said...

I love going to places like this. Our daughter lives in Boston so we get lots of history when we visit.

Patti said...

Wow, 30 comments! You are one popular blogger, my dear.

Let's find some more local history to photograph soon!

Tom Hilton said...

Cool shadows, great history!

Linda said...

Lady Humphreys had a lovely parlor and I bet she served up a nice pot of tea, too!

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely place to visit! It is great visiting these places - so much history. Great shadows as well!

Catherine said...

I love that first interior shot...

imriz said...

love that worn-out look, i get impressed by designs that makes art out of distressed or old materials.

wanderlust said...

The table looks so inviting, what a fun place to visit!