By Margaret Lucke
Happy Fourth of July!
My husband Charlie and I are celebrating in our traditional way -- a picnic in the wine country, followed by the fireworks in a field close to Sonoma’s historic plaza. The town lights up the sky with a great show, and the friendly crowd is small enough that even if you arrive late you can find a spot front and center, close to the yellow tape that keeps spectators out of the spark zone.
Being a photographer with a creative bent, Charlie packs his camera along with our picnic feast and brings it out after sunset. He's not especially concerned with capturing what the fireworks actually look like. Often he waves the camera around while the shutter is open, so that the resulting photo is a surprise. What fascinates him is the calligraphy that the bursts of fire inscribe upon the night’s darkness.
The messages -- the ones that I read when I watch the fireworks and again when I see the photos -- are these: Be joyful! Have fun! Honor your country! Appreciate your liberty! Love other people! Be grateful for what is good in your life.
Here are a few examples. See what they say to you.
However you may be celebrating, we wish you a fabulous Fourth!
Photos © Charles Lucke