Photography by J. Mita Studios

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Waterfall

A rainbow effect at Enders State Forest in West Granby, CT.  Taken on 4-26-2011

Today I finally went out with my camera after trying to cut back on my gas miles. I went up to Enders State Forest in West Granby, CT. There is a series of several falls that you can view off a trail that follows the river. It is a beautiful area. I will be having an exhibit for the month of July at the Granby Library of my four seasons of waterfalls at Enders Forest. Details will follow as it grows closer.

The area the waterfall is located is off of Rt. 219.  There is a series of about 6 waterfalls in a half mile walk.  It is a very steep incline to the river at the bottom of the gorge the falls flow through.  It is a marvelous summer retreat.  The pools at the base of the different falls are frequently jumped into.  It is best to go up to the falls after a heavy summer rain, in order to be sure there will be water flowing down the river.

The State of Connecticut DEP stocks the rivers in Granby with salmon every year.  These are two of the workers after stocking the river at Enders today.  I missed them actually stocking the river, but got them as they were leaving.  I will have another opportunity to photograph the river stocking in May.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Historic Rockville Vernon, CT - Exhibit Apr. 23-30

The town of Vernon, and especially its historic community of Rockville, CT.  is having an exhibit at the BPOE Elks Club, 9 North Park Rd.  I have three photos on display.  The landscapes, architecture, waterscapes, and cultural diversity are varied and sometimes unique for such a small factory town.

Rockville is the original beginning to Vernon.  It is along the Hockanum River, which lent itself to a very active factory presence at the turn of the 20th century.  Many of those factories are still standing.  Rockville has seen many transformations as businesses came and went.  Today there is a renaissance going on in the Rockville section of Vernon.  It is worth a trip, especially at this time of the year.  Walking down the sidewalks, the many Victorian style homes have been restored, and the flowering trees in every yard create a lovely colorful landscape. 

My photos that will be in the exhibit:

                                        Vernon Landscapes - Lupines at Bread and Milk Rd.

Vernon People - Sledding Family At Henry Park

Chapel At Grove Hill Cemetery

It should be an interesting exhibit.

Hours at the hall will be
Apr. 23 12-4 p.m.
Apr. 26, 4-7 p.m.
Apr. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Apr. 29, 4-7 p.m.
Apr. 30, 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Strength Of The Draft Horse


Plowing Contest at UConn in Storrs, CT.
The Halflingers from Voluntown

On Apr. 16 I was invited to the annual Eastern Connecticut Drafthorse Assoc. plowing competition held at Uconn every year.  This years participants consisited of 7 teams.  This halflinger team was small in comparison to some of the others, but they were very spirted.  These two had the most attitude of all of the horses.  You couldn't help but love them..  More photos can be found at my website:  J. Mita Studios

The next drafthorse activity will be on May 7 in Wilbraham, MA.  The teams will be plowing a community garden.

May 7, Saturday - Eastern CT Draft Horse Association "Plowing the Community Garden" Event. Wilbraham, MA. 10AM start time. Invited teamsters from the ECDHA will plow the town's 3 acre community garden with horses and oxen. All are invited to spectate. Open to the public. Food and activities planned. For more information, or if you are an experienced plowman with a good team and would like to plow, call Melissa Graves (413) 244-4934

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I am a local Connecticut photographer.  My images are varied, because I love to take photos of nearly anything.  Versatility and flexibility are my buzz words.

Projects from the past include photographing penguin plunges for Special Olympics.

I have also been involved in a yearlong project with Coventry Regional Farmers Market called Market Roots.  We have gone to many farms to take photos of their activities throughout the year.  The list of photographers included Dot DrobneyLiss Flint-Tischofer, Sue Muldoon, Amy Benson, Laura Stone, and David Cope.  The photos will be on display throughout the state.  Schedule will follow as the final exhibit shapes up.  For now, I have some photos from the Coventry Regional Farmers Market to share.

My next assignment will be for the Eastern Ct. Drafthorse Association.  They will be having a plowing tournament on Apr. 16, 2011 at the University Of Connecticut at Storrs.  It should be a wonderful day.