Two hundred thirty-six years ago The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. In that document the original 13 colonies declared their freedom from Great Britain. It states, in part:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…
Independence Day is a great day on which to remind ourselves of the privileges we hold dear and the sacrifices that have helped shape our nation and our national values. For me it is a time for gratitude.
Hopefully, it is also a day for celebration: for fun, barbecues, laughter, and fireworks!
Have a safe and happy holiday.
The American flag was photographed July 3 at the Liberty Memorial. The fireworks were photographed July 3 during the Westwood, Kansas, fireworks display. All the photographs were taken using my Nikon D5100 camera and Tamron 18-270 zoom lens. I am trying to learn the secrets of my camera. I took lots of shots of a nearly limp or semi-limp flag before I finally was lucky enough to catch a couple of shots where the wind had opened the flag . I had to try numerous settings to get the light and speed right to make it possible for me to catch the fireworks as they raced across the sky. It will be years before I photograph fireworks with the skill to make it to PhotoBotos, but for now, I think these are fun.