My belated photo of the solar eclipse

It wouldn’t be “me” if I posted everything in a timely manner.

On August 21, a total solar eclipse crossed the United States. In my part of NE Ohio, I think we only had 80% – which is still better than nothing haha. But of course, in typical NE Ohio fashion, it’s cloudy and crummy whenever there’s supposed to be something of interest happening in the sky… and it was no different that Monday afternoon.

I took this with my trusty point-and-shoot… and, GASP… I didn’t use a solar filter or anything to protect my lens! And I took glances at the eclipse while wearing my dad’s welder glasses. Sometimes I’m a rebel.

Do you see that little crescent? That’s the eclipse! So I have my own photographic proof of it. 🙂

DSCN0212 - partial solar eclipse

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D-Day Conneaut – August 19, 2017

My dad and I have wanted to visit this event for a few years – but either we forgot about it until it had recently passed on the calendar (I sometimes have a poor sense of time), or weather wasn’t cooperative. Last year it was my sister’s Masters graduation. But goodness gracious, nothing was keeping us away this year!

D-Day Conneaut is an annual reenacting event in Conneaut, Ohio – along Lake Erie and near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Around 1,500 reenactors represent both sides of the war, and approximately 40,000 people visited this three-day event.

In the morning my dad and I caught The Battle for La Fiere, and we explored the various camps to see camp life. My dad is a gunsmith hobbyist, so he was always excited to talk guns with several folks. We also ran into someone I know from college (who I believe is the person who first informed me about the world of reenacting; he does WWII and Civil War), and it was nice to chat with him for a bit. Lots of walking, and we walked along Lake Erie (I’ve never been to what people typically think of when they hear “beach” [like Florida], but this shore was a beach and I’ll take it) before catching another little event, the Maquis Attack. The last and main event was the Normandy beach landing, which was beyond impressive with planes, tanks, watercraft, and all the soldier-reenactors on the field. Unfortunately I was sitting at the embarkation end of the coast, and trees were blocking my view of the combat and landing at the other end. I’m determined to stake out a better view next year!

Now that I’ve been to a few events like this, I’m still absolutely amazed by the reenactors. They know SO MUCH and their research and knowledge is clearly evident in their passion for sharing their information and the detail they put into everything. It would definitely be a fascinating hobby to enter, but I would probably feel overwhelmed with all the history and stuff to learn! I really ought to chat with some reenactors to learn how they entered this hobby.

I highly recommend this event if you’re interested in WWII history and reenacting events. The event is very well organized and is free to visit (they solely rely on donations, and donation buckets/people are all over the park to accept donations).

Click here to view the website, and take note of dates for the next few years. 🙂

I took a ton of photos (440) and whittled it down to this selection so that you can get a glimpse of what my dad and I experienced. All taken with my Nikon s9600. I had to really push my camera’s zoom for the beach landing, but it was decent.

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The Civil War came to Hale Farm – Aug 13, 2017

Last Sunday I went to Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio, for its annual Civil War reenactment weekend. This was my third year to see this particular event. The weather was gorgeous and I was able to see President Lincoln give an address, hear the camp chase fifes and drums, walk through the camps, hear a few reenactors talk about army life, tour a small flower garden, and watch the reenactment of The Battle of Port Republic.

I will be honest that I was a touch worried that something would happen, given that the day before was Charlottesville. But I was greatly relieved and happy that nothing happened; everyone seemed to be enjoying the day by learning and chatting with reenactors from both sides, learning about our country’s history.

Here are some photos that I took, with my Nikon s9600. (I would love to find a p&s with a better zoom than what I have, but it will have to wait for probably another year.)

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A walk at the Munroe Falls MetroParks

A few months ago (yikes – yeah, I was really bad with sharing these in a timely manner) I took my dog on a walk at our nearby park. It was a lovely autumn morning, soon after the swimming season ended. I took these photos during our walk. I’m especially happy with the heron’s reflection, considering I was quite a distance away from it and only using a point-and-shoot.

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“Battle for Brimfield” – June 4, 2016

Yesterday my dad and I checked out the “Battle for Brimfield” event in Brimfield OH. It was a very small Civil War reenacting event, as it was the first time for this event to be held at its location, but we still very much enjoyed it.

When we got there, we walked around the grounds to see the tents, and then we listened to a Union soldier talk about the daily life of a soldier. At 11am we watched a skirmish demonstration, as the larger battle would be in the afternoon. Afterwards, we talked with some reenactors of the 27th Virginia Co. G “Shriver Grays” and I got some contact information since I may be interested in participating as a civilian, which is something I’ve been considering and may finally do.

We had a good time, and I hope that the event returns to Brimfield next year and grows!

This event was located in Brimfield OH, on State Route 43, just south of I-76 (you can see the freeway from the fields where we were). It was on the big field behind the McDonald’s and Speedway.

To read about the 27th Virginia, Co. G “Shriver Grays” group, click here to go to their website.

The event schedule, click here.

To see Brimfield’s Chamber of Commerce article, click here.

Oh. And you probably want pictures… so, here you go! (Also, I love that slideshows now exist on WP [did this option exist before?] to help keep this post from looking too too long haha)

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