The Dixie Chicks have a song called Cold Day In July. It is on their Fly album from 1999. I love singing along with them on this one...a cathartic crooner.
The song is about a breakup; essentially, her lover had previously said that it would be a cold day in July before he left her and, given that he is leaving, she is lamenting that it must be a cold day in July.
Logic...you gotta love it.
A Newfoundlander would never make such a promise. Claiming that you are devoted to your love until the first cold day in July is like saying, "I will be leaving you in July ". Because, as sure as there is poop in a pooch, there will be a cold day in July around here!
This year is no exception. Despite that, and perhaps because of it, I am pretty sure there are a few souls on this planet who would love to be here right now; temperatures ranging from 5 to 24 with plenty of precipitation. No tornadoes. No earthquakes. No forest fires. I'll take it, quite happily, thank you very much ma'am.
Aside from cold, this July has also seen lots of fireworks.
There were oodles on July 1st for Canada Day, and even quite a few on July 4th, for America's Independence Day. So many on July 4th, in fact, I have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of Americans living in the woods in Paradise! Someone may want to look into that.
All of these fireworks worked out great for me because I have been wanting to shoot fireworks for awhile, but the opportunity had never been ideal. This time, conditions were perfect: no wind, no rain, no fog, no sleet and no snow. Bingo!
If you are interested in a good article with some technical tips for shooting fireworks, check out this article on bhphotovideo.com. A tripod is critical, which I had with me. I wasn't sure which lens to use because I didn't know where the show would take place. I chose my 70-200mm, but would have fared much better with my 24-105 because the fireworks were really close. I started shooting at f/10 but also did some shots at f/22-32. I kept the ISO at 100 for the duration. I was pleased with a few of the shots I got, and I learned a few things for next time the stars align in my favour for a fireworks shoot.
In the meantime, I sure am glad there is plenty of propane remaining in my fireplace tank to keep me warm on these cold days in July. And I suspect it will be one of those summers that will see the fireplace in use, from time to time, all summer long.
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