Saturday, March 5, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - The British arrived

Shadow Shot Sunday, by Tracy in Brisbane, arrives on a cool March day. The 'redcoats' are amassing on the Milford (CT) green. However, it is not the invasion that occurred on the western shore of New Haven Harbor in 1779 as the sea of red jackets seems to Except we are compelled to suspend belief in that theory:


1) These 'troops' lack the age, precision and discipline of the 18th century British army.
2) Those are sticks instead of flintlock muskets.


Obviously, it is a modern re-enactment on the center green of the town created by local historical society. The look of the past was maintained by editing out the modern landscape of cars, trucks and utility wires. The house in the background is from the era, so except for the age and weaponry, this might have been a day in 1779 along Broad Street.



The past becomes part of the present - as if I arrived from the future and invaded the scene as well. 


The 1770s didn't have such things as a 24-volt DC electric motors, tires made of nylon nor wheelchairs with computer controls either. 


The contrast between then and now is really apparent as I speak with Christine of the Derby Historical Society, looking as if she arrived from the eighteenth century. Then and now, now and then - whichever we choose, shadows ought to reign supreme...


See shadows from any era at Hey Harriet!


34 comments:

Catherine said...

the shadows do indeed reign supreme whatever the era!! Hope you fought off those invading redcoats!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A summery, shadowy scene--just what you New Englanders need to forget the winter blahs!

SHADOW COUNTING

A shadow for one?
What fun, what fun!

A shadow for two—
In black or blue?

A shadow for three?
O my, O me!

A shadow for four?
Ah, mi amour!

A shadow for five?
Coming alive!

A shadow for six?
Light playing tricks!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadowy Variations

Miss Becky said...

at least this re-enactment took place during cool temperatures. I've seen these sorts of things on very hot and muggy July days and wonder how they can deal with those conditions while dressed in the costumes. I love all the red in the top photo. and yes, shadows do reign supreme. happy SSS and have a beautiful weekend Ralph!

Sylvia K said...

Never know where those redcoats will turn up!! Always enjoy the re-enactments and what terrific, colorful shots! Love them! Looks like such a beautiful day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Ralph!!

Sylvia

sarayutouched said...

my brother does alot of re-enactments-of setting up camp with tents made from hides, sleeping on the ground with other hides for blankets...the old muskets. he loves it. great shadow shots connecting us with the past.

frayedattheedge said...

An interesting combination of then and now!

Pagan Sphinx said...

That first shot with all that great, saturated red! Wow!

Wonderful series, Ralph!

EG Wow said...

LOVE all that red! What a nice change from what I see outside my window today. :)

Dianne said...

perfect day to wear a red coat :)
I love the gentle shadows from the trees

fredamans said...

Beautiful shadows and beautiful pictures!

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Alissa Nicolau said...

Very cool shot! My four year old son is leaning over my shoulder amazed by your shot. He is full of questions... Off in search of answers we go!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Ralph you are a man from the future making very astute observations : )
The small sea of red coats has wow factor indeed. I remember as a girl getting into a costume of long ago to celebrate Canada's birthday of 100 years .. and visiting the special coast to coast train that had amazing exhibits .. ironically we lived in the area where Fortress Louisbourg was being restored it was a fun childhood for those years!

Paula Scott said...

The shadows are timeless, or transcend all time.
It does seem like a time warp clash, though, doesn't it?

Hey Harriet said...

I love the vibrancy of the red jackets! It looks like an interesting day out! I've not been to one of those re-enactment events but your post has inspired me to seek some out in my local area! Enjoy your weekend Ralph :)

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

I love the reenactments, always wanted to get involved with one, seems like such a fun gathering of like minds, though don't think I would've enjoyed it much back in the day, guess we're all a bit spoiled, great shots Ralph!

chubskulit said...

Looks like a great event to watch Ralph, love those red color!

My Shadow Shot, have a blessed Sunday!

Ms. Burrito said...

Pretty shots!

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Cassie said...

Love the bright, colorful (youthful!) infantry ShadowShot. Looks like your weather is warming up a bit too. Happy SSS to you!

Kay L. Davies said...

So interesting Ralph, and the contrast with the 21st century is amazing.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Angie said...

What a wonderful day! Shadows galore. Love the old dresses but so glad not to be wearing them!! I'm reading 'A Breath of Snow & Ashes' by Diana Gabaldon - about the War of Independence.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Awesome shadows shots Ralph, looks like it was a wonderful day.

Gallery Juana said...

Looks like a wonderful day to be outside.
My favorite pic is the one with you speaking to Christine.

wishing you a lovely weekend.

Greyscale Territory said...

An impressive gathering of costumed figures! And the variety of shapes in the second photo is wonderful!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

How fun the reenactment must have been. Loved all the array of colors and the hubbub of the gathering!

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Y. Ikeda said...

Nice SS entry! It's good to know that red-and-white troops hold sticks:) I always enjoy this type of ceremony.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday.
Yoshi

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Wow! amazing shots! Looks your enjoying those creatures. They're not harmful, aren't they? §;-)

P.S.
Late but at least I could join the players.

/chie

Happy sunny SSS...

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Ralph, great shadow shot ... it looks like it was a super nice day. It sounds like a very interesting day, learning and experiencing a bit of history.

I can't see your Sepia photo though. I think that I am missing something in this weeks instructions ... this is about the 6th SS post that I have visited but can't see the photo. What's up with that?

Take care, and thanks for visiting.

Kathy

Joan said...

I too love all the red in your image.
Then and now indeed! This would be very cool to see.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Beautiful looking day! How cool that the group has so many young reenactors. Nice shadow shots :)

sue said...

great shadows, and I suspect these people are whole lot cleaner than way back then too!

Eden said...

Fantastic shadow shots, Ralph.

Have a great week.

maryt/theteach said...

Could have saved the RED for Ruby Tuesday Ralph! Great shots! And there you are in RED too.

MyMaracas said...

I love the dappled pattern on the "redcoats" and the deep,dark puddles of shadow underfoot. It looks like a fun trip on a beautiful day.

LauraX said...

great shadows Ralph!