Playing with Fire(works) and Happy July Fourth USA

04 July 2013

Lens:

1. Fireworks, Nikon DSLR,  July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Fireworks, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Fireworks, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Fireworks, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Fireworks, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Fireworks, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens: Today is my country’s birthday. We commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776).

It’s a holiday that creates lots of celebratory rituals. Families gather. Traditions abound. From east to west and north to south fireworks will be exploding across nighttime skies. Truly, nothing seems more symbolic than the profusion of light cast as this country’s freedom was born.

American Flag, Declaration of Independence, Google images

American Flag, Declaration of Independence, Google images

This week my grandson and I did some experimentation with our own fireworks. In the Lens section are my tributes to our independence day: photographic play with fire. The three images are representative of subtleties and smacking power of one of the four elements that sustain us.

While the others–water, air and earth–provide for endless dialogue, fascination and study, fire has its own lore, lure and mysticism. It also provides us limitless opportunity to explore its photographic qualities.

Happy, happy birthday USA.

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

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20 Responses to Playing with Fire(works) and Happy July Fourth USA

  1. Amy says:

    Wow, stunning shots, Sally!

  2. Tina Schell says:

    So creative Sally! Well done :0)

  3. Geoff says:

    This week … I’m just going to pick all three … so much goodness in all of them 🙂

  4. bluebrightly says:

    Nice! I like the last best.

  5. This week, I can’t just pick one. You created them all so unique…great work Sally!

  6. Su Leslie says:

    Fantastic photos; especially love the first one. It looks like molten glass but I’m guessing that’s not what it is.

  7. marialla says:

    I can’t decide – they are each very unique!!! Thank you.

  8. Gallivanta says:

    Lore and lure and mysticism; all three elements are present in your photos. The first photo is particularly powerful. Happy Independence Day, or what remains of it.

  9. suelca says:

    You captured fire’s glowing essence. Is that a marshmallow? Yes or no, I couldn’t choose one over another…

  10. Ancientfoods says:

    Stunning photos! I like all of them. They remind me of molten glass.
    Happy 4 th

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