Description Osbornedale Green - Original Photography by Karol LivoteTaken in May at Osbornedale State Park, Derby, ConnecticutPer website: Osbornedale State Park is located in the Naugatuck Valley Hills just east of the Housatonic River in Derby and Ansonia. The land was once the lushly forested hunting grounds of the Paugussett Indians. Fur traders, such as John Wakeman in 1642, were the first people of European descent to move into the Indians' territory. Permanent settlers began arriving in the late 1650's. The land was gradually purchased from the Paugussetts for items such as clothing or cooking utensils. Because the Europeans concept of property rights was not embodied in the Indian culture, the Indians often sold the same parcel of land several times. The new settlers cleared the land for farming and took advantage of their location on the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers by developing the area into a trading port, which at one time rivalled New Haven harbor. The name of the settlement, originally called 'Paugussett' was changed to 'Derby' in 1675 after Derbyshire, England, the former home of many colonists. Though never commercially successful, lands now within the park off Silver Hill Road were mined for silver for a short period after the Revolutionary War. In addition, a spring water bottling business was part of the present park land. In 1956, Osbornedale State Park was willed to the people of Connecticut by Frances Osborne Kellogg, granddaughter of John W. Osborne, one of the Naugatuck Valley's early industrial entrepreneurs. The prominent Osborne family owned numerous metal working and fabric product factories in the area. At the young age of 31, Frances Osborne, later Mrs. Waldo Kellogg, took over the family business when her father died in 1907. Miss Osborne's decision to take over the family business instead of selling it was contrary to the advice of the executers of her father's estate, and a brave undertaking for a woman in the early part of the cen
Karol Livote, Connecticut Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Inspired by the world around me, I am sent out to capture moments in time, that I hope can find another's soul, the way it has captured mine! Karol Livote
My story is quite simple. I was about ten years old when my sister gave me my first camera. I took right to photography. In my high school days, I was hardly seen without a camera in my hand. I participated in Photography classes and had my own darkroom at my home. Over the years, I have kept up with my photography and I continue to promote my images thru publications and sales.
What inspires me? I am usually asking myself that very same question. At times, I wish that I could stay with just one subject matter, but that is never the case. I am the type of person who never has a favorite anything. I prefer lots of things! A variation of many things to experience, is what life is all about. I do not go thru life with blinders on, at least I hope I don’t. I believe that it shows in my work.
Even though I do love my nature, whole heartedly, I also enjoy capturing action sports, such as hockey. I also enjoy urban life and the fast pace it has. The funny thing is I will go into the city, such as Manhattan one day and then take it easy on the countryside of Connecticut, my home state, on the next day.
Growing up on Long Island, has provided me with a love of the coast and that has a lot to do with my love of Connecticut. Here in the “Nutmeg State”, you have the best of all worlds. There are beautiful mountains to the north and the coast to the south. In between you have a couple of cities, and about an hour ride to the “Big Apple”. There is so much to see here and so much to capture.
The seasons are always changing which makes for some beautiful seasonal captures. When Spring comes around it feels like the world is waking up from a cold slumber. With the new colors forming all around and the return of many animal and bird species, it is hard not to get excited and run out everyday with the camera in hand.
Summers are always hopping, especially down on the coast. There are boats, boats and more boats. The fun in the sun is as good as it gets here in New England.
As the summer starts to wind down, the colors start to change and in rolls the beautiful colors of Autumn. There is no finer place to be than New England during the Autumn months. It is truly a special time.
All those beautiful colors then take us to the drab winter months, which can be pretty special also with the bareness of the trees and then the beauty of the wintry snowfall that covers everything in white. Besides the cold, it is pretty special.
All in all, there are some pretty special moments to capture here in Connecticut. I hope you enjoy viewing my work, as much as I enjoying capturing it. It is the inspiration that I see all around me that I capture with the help of the camera.