Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Happy Birthday United States!


Shaping up to be a pretty night on the lake.

Last night I got to enjoy a wonderful show of colorful fireworks from a boat floating on the warm waters of a beautiful lake. We left the house about an hour before sundown, but the sky was already turning the thunderclouds pink.

Pink clouds herald what’s to come.

And as we motored out to join hundreds of other boats the pink just kept getting deeper…

Lots of boats already out there.

…and deeper…until this was the sky we floated under as we waited for the man-made show to start.

Nature’s fireworks competed with anything man could shoot into the sky.

Soon enough the sun slid below the horizon, turning the sky midnight blue. Hundreds of people sitting in softly rocking boats settled in to wait for the show.

Blue hour on the lake.

I don’t have a lot of fireworks images. I was in moving boat with little light. Plus it was just so much fun to watch without trying to capture it all.

This was the clearest image of the few I took.

You can use your imagination to fill in the big booms and the bright lights.

A windy rainstorm was blowing in and above the bursting fireworks pinkish heat lightening was showcasing the clouds in huge arcs. In the middle of the show, over the boat’s radio, came a severe weather alert warning of strong winds and possibly hail. We began to consider heading for home.

Abstract photo of boats heading home after the show. Taken from our rocking boat.

We were lucky, though, the storm held off for a couple of hours. The fireworks were able to finish with a grand finale, and we made it back to the house with time to eat pie on the back deck before the rains poured down.

Heat lightening filled the sky after the last of the fireworks faded, and boats began scuttling for home.

It was a lovely evening and I thank Captain Carl for taking us out to see man and God’s lights fill the sky.

Happy birthday America!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

17 thoughts on “Happy Birthday United States!

  1. I always think of a lake and fireworks for the Fourth. And you’ve given us beautiful photos of ones to admire!! Happy Independence Day!

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    • When I was a kid we lived on a small inland lake. The whole family used to go out in this little blue boat to watch the fireworks. The spent pieces of the displays used to sizzle as they fell into the water in front of us. It was so cool. Now days you can’t get that close. But that’s the way I remember watching fireworks as a kid. So I’m always thrilled to be out on the water again to watch them, some 50+ years later.

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  2. I’m still not tired of seeing that view and sky! 🙂


  3. Sounds like a wonderful evening! What a spectacular sunset and that last photo with the motion blurred boat lights and lightning is pretty neat.


    • It was a wonderful evening. I thought those blurred boats were pretty cool myself. No way to get a clean shot at night from a rocking boat, so I figured I’d just go with it and see what came out. I liked several of them.


  4. Stunning! A belated Happy Fourth of July to you 🍾


  5. Since Dad was home we had a pawsome 4th of July. When heard fireworks, we were right by his side.

    Sherman & Gemini


    • Very nice that you got to have your Dad home with you. Katie had her dad home with her too…we didn’t want her to be alone when there were all sorts of booms and light flashing. He said she did very good on the 3rd when I was away. I stayed with her on the 4th, we went into the basement and shut all the doors and tried to sleep through them. Sort of 50% successful. We’re glad that week is over!


  6. That sunset was spectacular! Certainly raised the bar for the fireworks to compete with. What a wonderfully peaceful way to watch the fireworks, in a boat on the water.


  7. Thats a nice picture of the fireworks.

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  8. Happy belated 4th, Dawn! The skies are amazing. And fireworks, in any form, can light up a smile.


  9. …or if you’re a horse, then not so much either.

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