Visiting Gettysburg and other Civil War battle sites and reenactments, I learned that during many battles, the citizens of local towns would go out as spectators to watch the skirmishes. I captured this photo at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Hale Farm and Village annual Civil War reenactment.
These two women accurately reenacted that practice by going out into the pasture with a sun umbrella, in the pouring rain, to watch the battle. I was there for the most part to capture photos of the military reenactors and was rather surprised to see them walk across the pasture and sit down not too far from me in the waist high weeds. They made for a wonderful photographic subject.