Sunday, July 25, 2010

More to follow

Well, I've slacked off for a few days weeks and so I will be posting a few more photos today. I have not had much opportunity to go out to take interesting photos, but I hope to get out today. In themean time, here's a picture of AJ's cat Brendan.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Another 4th of July on Glen St. Part 2: The Fireworks

No 4th of July celebration would be complete without fireworks. Of course, the "safe and sane" fireworks are legal in Garden Grove, so we normally purchase a ton of pyrotechnics from our Church's fireworks stand. After it gets dark, Chris Plotz is the master of ceremonies. I took about 50 pictures, but the ones below are a nice sampling.

                 f/3.5, 23 mm focal length, 2 sec exposure ISO 100       

              f/6.3, 28mm focal length; 2.5 sec. exposure, ISO 100

              f/6.3, 39mm focal length; 2.0 sec exposure, ISO 100

               f/6.3, 2.5 sec. exposure; 28mm focal length, ISO 100                                           

Another 4th of July on Glen St. Part 1: The Parade

Our street is known for its 4th of July block parties. We normally have tons of people show up for a gigantic barbecue/potluck. While that is an important part of the festivities, the big event is normally the annual parade. This year, we even had a marching band organized by Dorinda Browning.
                                   Dorinda getting us organized

We had many people playing instruments like tambourines , drums and cymbals.

                                Faith Kim and Kellee

                             Faith, Irma, Kim, Pete and Kellee   

                                Irma playing the tambourine  

Of course we also had the kids getting into the act. No parade is complete without decorated bikes, scooters and ATV's    

                     Faith and her finely decorated Razor scooter   

                        Verity and her Quad (powered by Dad)

The kids were very excited to be in the parade and made sure we knew which direction to head for the start of the parade. 

                               Verity points the way

                                      Faith is ready to go!     

Of course, my honey was there, getting the final instructions.

                                  My one and only

Then there was Verity with a red sparkle for the camera

                          Check out that tiara 

The parade began at the northern end of the street with the marching band, bicycles, scooter, quads and anyone else who just wanted to walk along with the parade.

                         Getting ready to go!

                      Bikes and scooters ready to go!        

                           It's almost time!         

The parade was so fun that when it reached the end of the street, they all decided to do it one more time!

                               Are we ready? Let's do it again!

After the parade ran its route, it was time to barbecue!  Another successful Glen St. 4th of July block party! At dusk, the fireworks display would take place and the day would be complete!