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On Flags

Rugged Flag
Taken by the side of the road near Franklin, NH.

Occasionally, I’ll meet someone from another country who will say, “You Americans really like your flag. They’re everywhere.” I can’t argue with them. We love our flag. You see them on or outside of public buildings, but that’s to be expected. We also buy them and put them outside our homes and businesses. We wear them on clothes. We put them on our cars and trucks. We put them on just about everything.

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A homemade flag at a small farm in Hollis, NH

My favorite flags are more the home-grown celebrations of our country.  I think it’s great when people make their own flag or paint it where you don’t expect it.  Some even to put elements of the flag on display in a show of patriotic pride.  I think it shows the character of the people who put those things out there for the world to see.

Along my cycling route in Milford, NH.

Yes, we really like our flag; no argument here. Happy Independence Day.

At our home….We also have a flag (or four) displayed.

Fourth of July in Boston and Cambridge, MA

We had one of the best Independence Day holidays in many years. Boston has a beautiful park (The Esplanade) and outdoor concert venue along the Charles River, which separates Boston and Cambridge. Midafternoon, we took the train into Boston and walked around in a light rain making some photos in the Boston Common and Public Gardens. The sun came out as we crossed the Longfellow Bridge onto the Cambridge side of the river. Cambridge closes down the roadway across from the concerts and sets up speakers for people to hear the music. We spread out a blanket and enjoyed some sandwiches and lemon cupcakes bought from street vendors. Not only did we enjoy the concert but met some very nice people all around us who had travelled from upstate New York and Chicago for the show.

Thank you to all who allowed me to photograph you. Cheers =)

Fireworks Show

Here are some shots from the fireworks show on the lake in our little town on Saturday night. The sparklers are part of a birthday cake for America made by the two children seated in front of us. A special thanks for their putting in a new group of sparklers and lighting them so that I could get this shot.

Thank you to Broken Light: A Photography Collective and Alexander Goulet who posted a blog on how to photograph fireworks. I played with his techniques to make these images.