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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Friday, July 1, 2011

First of the Month - Rocket's Red Glare

I'm cheating a bit this month with the First of the Month photography meme in order to show you some spectacular 4th of July fireworks along the Louisville waterfront. The actual show is not until the 3rd so these photos are from the 2010 show.

For the past seven months I've been scanning Kentucky skies, camera in hand, in order to participate in a year-long photography meme that attracts aspiring photographers from all over. The idea is that we look at our surroundings and record the changes from month to month. The host for this meme is Jan at Murrieta 365 . Here's how it works: "The goal is to capture one thing repeatedly on the first day of each month. It can be a landscape, a person, an animal, a project; whatever your focus is fine. It can be a record of where you are each first day of the month." I decided to photograph Kentucky skies.

July is the perfect month to feature my hometown Louisville's strikingly modern skyline. Louisville is right on the banks of the Ohio River with Indiana on the other side. There's a wonderful green space called Waterfront Park where Louisvillians gather to enjoy the river views and great concerts and special events. Several times a year the celebrations include spectacular fireworks displays laid on the two bridges across the Ohio River connecting Indiana and Kentucky. Here's another view:

Those of us who live with dogs dread the fireworks, but there's no denying how thrilling and beautiful they can be when handled by experts like the Zambezi Brothers who set off the Louisville show. So, if you're ever in Louisville for the Derby or Independence Day, I recommend that you leave the "rocket's red glare" to the pros and just lie back in the grass and enjoy.

Be sure to check out Jan's link above for some photographs of people and places from all over on the first day of July.

(Image credit: Photobucket)


EG Wow said...

Louisville sure is gorgeous this time of year!

Pamela said...

This is really a fun meme - and I hope she sponsors it again next year. So we can all get our creative juices going again. I'm not doing any other blogging as I'm in a different place this year. I enjoy your sky shots.

Sayre said...

Wow... so pretty! I think waterfront cities have a definite advantage in the beauty department.

Jan n Jer said...

Gorgeous photos Faye...Louisville is a cool..fun looking town. I wish you a Happy 4th, now take that new camera of yours n get some shots of those awesome fireworks!

Millie said...

Truly beautiful! I'm glad you chose to share these pictures with us. Mine is here.

Jan said...

Wonderful shots, I think cheating is OK, if the purpose is good.

Kim, USA said...

OH my your city night photo shoot is fabulous!! Love it!


Debs Carr said...

Gorgeous pictures.

We saw a fabulous firework display last night at a friend's party, but nothing in the scale of the one in your picture.

Leora said...

What gorgeous fireworks! And the night scenery is lovely, too.

Faye said...

Note to some of FOTM posters. I checked out your photos but my google account is not allowing comments. Sorry. I'll try to get this sorted because don't like not being able to return your comments.

Miss Kodee said...

The fireworks are spectacular as well as your other night photographs. I can never get my evening photos clear and crisp like yours are showing! So nice!
~ Debbie

The Church Lady said...

THanks for sharing! WHat a beautiful waterfront. Looks like a fabulous place to visit! How are you making out with your do-it-yourself photography lessons?