Happy Birthday America

I love celebrating the 4th of July. I always put out a flag.

Not a lot of neighbors do, so I always appreciate seeing the patriotic decorations.

For the past 15 years we have celebrated the 4th with our friends from Operation Gratitude out at our Friends house.

Here we are, well some of us. There were other OpGrat women there, but it takes an effort to get everyone together. So I’m thrilled with this picture.

When it gets dark, there are always backyard fireworks. Some of the towns around LA sell fireworks. In this case, South Gate sells the fireworks and the money goes to the local boyscouts. Works for me, what can I say, the could of smoke over LA is so heavy – everyone is shooting off fireworks.

I had gone online to see how to photograph fireworks. I probably got way too much light, but hey, it will be at least a year before I have the chance again. Here are my best, and I don’t think they are too bad.

Capturing light is pretty amazing, most of these pictures are cropped down and I like what I see.

One shiny star!

This is just so cool! Capturing light really is amazing.

A rainfall of light.

Aaron would go to the little table, light the fireworks and then step back to this chair. It was by accident that I caught this image and yes, this is a crowed image.

I am taking more images with my macro lens. I’ll be sharing more of these pictures, because personally, I love them. This one just looks like nature has made this firework. It is a bush in my garden, a version of Bottlebrush. This close up makes it looks all different.


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