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Illuminations 3

It thrills me that use of fireworks to celebrate our Independence dates to this note by John Adams to his wife Abigail:  ” … the occasion should be commemorated ‘with Pomp and Parade, with [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward […]

Happy Independence Day Cargo

The photo below I took on January 19, 2017.  What does it possibly have to do with July 4, 2021? Do you recall the questions at the end of this post from not quite a month ago? I quote from the Moran FB page:  “Lady Liberty’s ‘Little Sister’ departed France on June 23rd, taking the […]

Illuminations 2

Happy 4th of July!  Here’s the first post by this title with a story of what John Adams wrote Abigail around this time 241 years ago. So why do we celebrate this day?  Uh . . . the British surrendered?  It marks the first battle for independence? We got freedom to say what we want, […]

KVK Dawn 4

This light is available for only a few minutes twice a day but then only if the rising or setting sun is not cloud covered.  Humidity existed the other morning too, in advance of the impending rain.  I’m not sure why, but late winter/early spring light seems richer as well, although that may be related […]

Illuminations

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote this to his wife Abigail:  “The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2012 c

Three vessels at the roundup this year appeared there for the first time .  . well sort of.   The red one, aka Augie, was in fact there for the first time.  The other . . . on the left, Frances, has been there before but with very different appearance. Here’s a closeup of Augie, […]

Something Different 10

Happy Independence Day.    Take a 20-question quiz about the Declaration here . . .  make a joyful noise when you get your score. Or . . . Just read some facts about the D of I here . . . .  Then ring the bells and beat the drum and before you bathe in […]

Pink

like bubblegum.  And the transition from the previous three posts to this one is abrupt:  battleship gray to petunia pink.  Like cement to hybiscus . ..  or (later).  Now pink’s not a color you’d imagine to find on this blog.  But why not?  It’s a beautiful color.  Of course, when I commented on my Colorado […]

Fireboat

Unrelated:  See a new blog on my blogroll:  the Newtown Pentacle; Newtown, as in the Creek.  Also, another swimming post from Capt JP on swimming with urchins.  Oh, the stories I could tell about my close encounters with fire coral in the Red Sea.  Leave it to Frogma (I added this late the other day) […]

Sirens on Sunday 5

I sat under a screen porch watching the midnight thunderstorm approach upriver. A quickening breeze on this summer night promised rain soon. The pines rustled and then drops splatted onto the water just 20 feet away and the tin roof overhead. I had turned out the lights, surrendering any illumination to the thunder’s fire, which […]