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Washington, DC
 July 4, 2007
The weather all day was wonderful, with temps around 80 and a light breeze.
Since we expected to be up past our bedtime, we returned to the hotel in the afternoon to rest.
Just as well we didn't plan evening activities.
A tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning had them evacuate the entire mall from 5:30 until 7:00.

At 8:00 we left our hotel for the mall, taking garbage bags to sit on since it had rained heavily for a time..
We were afraid we were too late and that it would be too crowded to see, but it was just right.

When the fireworks started, a few people stood and had to be asked to sit down to allow other  people to see and not to get their head into photos.
My camera has no image stabilization, so this is what photos look like when taken with a point-and-shoot camera.
David's camera is more sophisticated - and more complicated, but sure takes good pictures.

The fireworks began promptly at 9:10, in order to correspond with the 1812 Overture being played in the concert in front of the Capitol.

From our place near the Air and Space Museum  we had a wonderful view.

It is hard to pick out a favorite

Each is more impressive than the one before.

There were plenty of people, but it was not unpleasant.  
Everyone was there to enjoy the same thing.
We were struck by the number of people who were not speaking English.
But "Oooohhhh" is the same in any language.

We brought bug repellant, expecting lots of biting bugs, but  we haven't seen or felt any.
Even at night on the mall.

The fireworks ended at 9:30, and we were back in the room, downloading pictures, at 9:42.

This has been a wonderful trip.

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Created July 4, 2007

Photos by Leslie or David

This has been a spring and summer of getting around. 2005

You can see those pictures:
We're off to Maine for a week of pictures and lobster!  Day 5
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.

Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix

Our trip to Baltimore and Washington.
Baltimore people watching
Baltimore Architecture
Baltimore Orioles game
we're off to Washington, DC
Washington flowers are here
American Indian museum
Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Garden - heirloom tomatoes
     Garden in June
We made Dill Pickles
And we picked blueberries and made blueberry buckle and cobbler.

B-Mets game
A strange vine appeared
    It's carrion flower - or Jacob's ladder.
We went to Meredith Dairy Days
Downy Woodpecker feeds its baby.

 travel to
Texas Day 1 San Antonio to Pearsall
Texas Day 2 Pearsall to Laredo
Texas Day 3 Laredo to Brownsville
Texas Day 4 South Padre Island

Texas Signs amused us
More signs.

Art Museum at Vassar

Mid Atlantic:  
Longwood Gardens
Longwood Fountains
Longwood Flowers
Winterthur Silver
Winterthur Children's Park

Old Stone Fort, Schoharie, NY
Cherry Valley, New York
CMOG  Corning Museum of Glass -


Other interests: 

House and Garden


No Knead Bread

daffodil 3

Animals hummingbirds  2
robin baby

Gray Fox

Insects  - moth pictures - polyphemus

Hummingbird Moth  1  2

October Snow
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park  2

kids on the swing