July 7, 2012

Independence Day


noun:freedom from the controlinfluence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

Around here, we like to celebrate INDEPENDENCE Day. A long time ago, one of my family members developed a dislike for calling the this particular day the "fourth of July" instead of what it was meant to be; Independence Day.

I have to admit I thought it was a weird thing to get up in arms about at first, but it's really begun to grow on me. The word actually has some meaning. It stands for something. 

Whereas the word "fourth" -


 [fawrth, fohrth]
adjective: next after the third

Well...that word certainly has a place, but it really doesn't seem to adequately describe the why we celebrate the day. So, we'll call it Independence Day, if for no other reason, than as verbal reminder of the freedoms that we so often take for granted as Americans.

We spent the day enjoying time with family, sharing good food, and doing activities together. And of course, we did a few fireworks too. My hubby found this was a great excuse to practice his favorite activity and grab a few shots of the kids. He used his "lay on the ground" trick to get some of these. He often contorts himself into somewhat awkward positions to get good shots of the kids, and it's often in our front yard, so don't be alarmed if you see him out there looking a bit unusual :)

[Photo Tip:  This was shot with a Canon Rebel T2i and a Tamron 2.8 70-200mm lens.  Camera settings were f2.8 - 1/640 - ISO 400 at 150mm focal length.]
Smokey Silhouette

Tyler teaching Keira how to light a Smoke Bomb
Keira is not pleased by the smell

I think Tyler could do this all day!
Keira's first experience with a punk.

We had a great time celebrating the day, and hope you all were able to do something special too!

Ni Hao Yall 


  1. love the perspective and expression on that first photo!

  2. Amazing first photo....you´ve captured the perfect moment !!

  3. Very cool capture with the first one!!!

  4. WOW, that first shot is simply amazing!!!



  5. I agree with Lisa. That first shot is simply amazing!

  6. Fantastic capture! Looks like y'all had a great Independence Day :)