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Fourth of July, 2016

Let me begin this post with a side note…


Back on May 30, I announced that I’d be running a little giveaway for one signed 8X10 print of one of my photographs, open to all my blog followers.  All you had to do was send an email to me with the subject “8X10 Print Giveaway” and you’d be entered into the drawing that was to take place today.


Sadly, there was no need for a drawing.  I didn’t receive a single email entry.  Kind of makes me wonder why I have so many followers.  [-_-,]


Oh well.  Your loss.  Just think, you folks had the opportunity to win a signed 8X10 print (of your choice) from a photographer before she becomes famous!  But, the giveaway is over now so…time to move on…


Now for today’s blog post…


It’s that time of the year again.  Independence Day.  The cookouts, the family get-togethers, the fireworks…


We haven’t had much rain in my corner of Maine lately so things are a bit on the dry side.  That means people need to be extra careful of where and how they set of fireworks this year.  People should be careful setting off fireworks no matter where they are and under all conditions, not only to prevent fire in dry climates/areas, but also to avoid personal injury.  And please, never mix alcohol with fireworks.  If you plan to drink at a family function, cookout, or some other event where there will be fireworks, please drink responsibly.  That’s a good rule for any occasion, not just the fourth of July!


Anyway, I haven’t had the opportunity to capture any new fireworks images so I’ll just re-post the best I took from several years ago when my neighbors set off a few.

Red Fireworks 1

Wishing you a safe, happy, and fun Fourth!



Until next time…





Backyard Fireworks


As everyone knows, this past Thursday was the Fourth of July.  Independence Day.  And what do people think of when they hear “Fourth of July” or “Independence Day“?  Cookouts and fireworks.

I’ve always enjoyed fireworks shows, but sadly I tend to miss out on most of them.  Previous plans, rain, and event cancellations tend to be the primary reasons.

Fireworks displays can be tricky yet awesome to photograph.  Until a few years ago, I hadn’t attended a fireworks show since high school and, until a few years ago, I had never attempted to photograph one.  The results were…let’s say…not what I had hoped for. [-_-]

This year, like most years, I was unable to travel to a publicly sponsored fireworks show, but where it is now legal for the general population to purchase and set off fireworks in Maine, I didn’t have to travel at all.  My neighbors decided to throw their own Fourth of July bash complete with their own fireworks display.  So, lucky me, I was able to watch, and photograph, a fireworks show right from my backyard.

Red Fireworks 1

Red Fireworks 2

I enjoyed the show (minus the ear-splitting explosions directly over my house), but my cats, pampered and accustomed to the quiet as they are, did not.  Poor babies.

We’ll see what happens next year.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day!!

Until next time….




I’m talking about fireworks here folks.  But you probably knew that already this being the 4th of July and all.

Anyway, I went to a fireworks show last night.  Why is that important, you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.

First of all, it was the first fireworks show I’ve been to in…oh…ten or so years.  Yep, you read right.  A freakin’ decade.  All I can say is during high school the local displays left much to be desired, in college it pretty much rained every single year on the 3rd and 4th.  But this year I headed down to my brother and his girlfriend’s place to watch the fireworks their town sets off.

I was pleasantly surprised.  For a little town, they put on a pretty good show.  Now, of course I didn’t go just to kick back and be lazy, I brought my camera along.  I bring my camera everywhere, but that’s common for photographers.  So, seeing as this was the first fireworks display I’ve been to since I started seriously delving into the world of photography, it was the first fireworks display I had ever tried to photograph….um…Obviously.

All I’ll say is, I have much practicing to do.

Like many creative people, I’m my own worst enemy/critic.  I took (no joke here) over 700 photos and found only a handful that I thought were decent (thank goodness for digital).
I guess I’ll just have to read up on the subject again and see what other photographers do, what trick they employ to get good shots.

I hope everyone had a fun, and more importantly, safe, 4th of July.

Yay Independence Day!!

Keep on rockin’ on!