Fourth of July Photos

Santa Barbara Independence Day Celebration
Friday, July 6, 2012
Santa Barbara Independence Day Celebration

Fourth of July fireworks over Santa Barbara California. This was early in the show, when there was just enough light left in the sky to see the horizon and for the long exposure to get the colors in the sky and the high clouds above the city.


Fire Palm
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Fire Palm

The fourth of July fireworks, last night, from one of my favorite locations high above Santa Barbara. I love the closer palm trees in the photo, and from this angle it almost looks like the fireworks are trying to immitate the palm trees. Fire palms.


Fourth of July Over Santa Barbara
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Fourth of July Over Santa Barbara

We usually try to avoid the crowds when there is some sort of celebration in town. (The exception being the Solstice Parade.) This year however, I was looking for a nice Independence Day Photograph for a project I'm working on. The thing is I would not really have been interested in the normal looking-up-from-the-crowd shot anyway. So earlier in the day we spent some time scoping out a nice angle that would include the Wharf and a more interesting Santa Barbara view and this is the result. It always helps to scout your locations ahead of time.

You can click on the main image for a larger view.

Happy Independence Day!! And thank you to all the brave people in uniform who make this day possible.


Fourth of July Rose
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Fourth of July Rose

We went trolling for tomato plants at all the local nurseries today. Guess it was a little too early for that. One of our favorite places (the place I shot this rose) was still using half of their outside plant area for a parking lot. Well, maybe next weekend!


Nun Bee
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Nun Bee

The sun came out today!!! Not something that would normally be such a surprise in California, but this year you have to take it one day at a time.

In honor of our beautiful sunny day we decided to take a bit of a rose garden tour. We went to the Mission rose garden and the rose garden at Fess Parker's Resort on Cabrillo.

This was one of my favorite roses of the day. I was actually taking pictures of it before the bee flew into the picture. She was quite the ham! She hovered all around in front of the rose for me.


Watching the Fireworks
Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Watching the Fireworks

Well it was a good fourth. We spent the day at a picnic put on by the Elks. I had a booth with my photography, there was a lot of food and lots of nice people. Even Zoe had a good time (she loved the chicken!).

I didn't know much about the Elks, other than the fact that a few of the ones I know remind me of my dad, so they must be good people. Turns out they are a pretty cool organization, they do a lot of things in the community to support kids programs.


Grand Finale
Monday, July 4, 2005
Grand Finale

Happy Fourth of July!!

My favorite thing about this photo is the kid sitting on the post. He is a little blurry, it was a long exposure, and each time there was a really big boom he would jump and squirm a bit. You can not really make it out on this version, but in the high resolution scan you can even see a slight shadow of his arms out at the sides of his head as he covered his ears after a particularly loud one.


Blue Fire
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Blue Fire

I know, the Fourth of July is a long way off. But, as I was organizing my photos this afternoon I came across this one and it really caught my eye.

Besides, if I made this the image of the day in July that would be too predictable. :-)