Friday, July 7, 2017
Our 4th of July
We had such a fun 4th this year celebrating with family. A whole bunch of family members had rented a big house down the Cape for the week and we were at our cottage, so naturally we spent the day with them. We started off with mini golf. I have to tell you how much the girls adore their little cousins. They are such good mother's helpers too.
After 18 holes of putt putt, we all ate lunch and then headed to the beach. It was crowded and the zipper on my Jo Totes camera bag broke completely a few days earlier. I've been storing my camera in a large ziploc baggie in the camera bag to keep it from getting sandy which means that photo taking at the beach has been spotty. It's not so easy to just pull out the camera now with it in the baggie. I've been debating over what to replace that bag with for a really long time now and I'm still not ready to make a decision. I'm not tough on handbags but it appears that I'm tough on camera bags, so do I want another $100 bag with fake leather that may start to look worn out in a few years (my current bag is trashed with a substantial amount of color missing) or do I want a $300+ bag which should (hopefully) last longer. I just don't know.
We headed back to the family rental house after the beach for a BBQ. None of us had been down here before on the 4th so we didn't know what to expect for fireworks. Someone suggested we head to the beach as the sun was setting and if there were fireworks, we'd be in a good spot for viewing. Forgot the fireworks, I was in heaven taking sunset photos.
This beach was on the ocean side and faces south.
Photo facing east.
Photo facing west.
Ten going on teenager.
Technically, you need a tripod for fireworks photography but I didn't have mine with me. These were all taken handheld, shot wide open (so no starbursts), and are passable at this size. Blown up, they are trash.
Apparently, the beach is the place to be. When we left, the parking lot was full and there were people everywhere. At one point, we could even see fireworks from the Vineyard. Such beautiful views and a great way to end the day.