Independence Day

Four years ago I spent a sweltering 4th of July in North Africa.  It was a summer when gratitude for freedom stopped being lip service on my part.  After a summer of Internet censorship, strict warnings not to discuss politics with locals (it would get them in trouble), and machine-gun-carrying reminders that my host country was not free, I came to understand more about what living in freedom allows me to do and to be.  I am thankful for it.  Even in times of glorious imperfection and spectacular disagreement, I am thankful.

I hope you had a safe and rich celebration with people you love.  I know I did (and we only set one small shrub on fire).

In this next sequence of four – anyone want to guess what the top left photo is of?  (Hint:  Not a sparkler).

Anne Wright - July 5, 2012 - 10:22 am

mmmmm, something pulsing it seems because it gets thicker every so often on your long exposure… A kid’s glow in the dark bracelet?
Btw, it is great to live in different countries and continents, it makes you appreciate everything every place has to offer – and question a whole lot of other “normal” things (good or bad)

Jenika - July 5, 2012 - 10:37 pm

Very close Anne! It was a lightning flash – one of those white things that pulses. I just moved the camera around during the long exposure. :-)

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