Some Fourth of July revelers consider fireworks too noisy, and sometimes dogs become so disturbed by the blasts that they need a chill pill.
I love these colorful explosions in the sky. Photographers Nick Pacione and David Johnson love them too.
Nick Pacione uses a special technique that changes focus during the exposure of his photographs to capture the flash in time in a way our eyes could never see.
David Johnson uses a special focus technique of his own to show pyrotechnic displays in a whole new light.
Whether in the sky or in a photograph, may fireworks light up your Fourth of July this year!
Eucalyptus deglupta, or rainbow eucalyptus, produces bark so colorful you’d think it was watered with paint.
This evergreen tree is native to moist, humid, tropical forested areas in New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippine Islands. It is the only eucalyptus tree that is indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere.
The beauty and mystery of Nature shines in this magical plant!
Thanks to moms everywhere for the smiles and hugs and words of encouragement that get us through life’s ups and downs. Give your Mom a little extra love today!
Here is one of Mexico’s stunning natural sights, Volcán Citlaltépetl, as viewed from the Puebla border.
Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. From the intricate carvings of the Toltec and the Maya…
to the folk art of Lola Cueto…
to the murals of Diego Rivera…
to the elegant sculptures of Ángela Gurría…
to the wondrous installations of Damián Ortega…
Mexican art has added to the wonder, beauty, and mystery of life. It’s only right on this day of appreciation to put on something colorful and dance!
There’s a Wild Thing in the White House!
When reading a book aloud, it’s always fun to act it out. President Obama showed bad boy Max who the REAL King of the Wild Things is when he read Where the Wild Things Are to participants in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the nation’s capitol. Grrr!
Trees reduce air pollution, provide shade, protect us from the wind and sun, and help with noise control. And they look beautiful while they’re at it. Arbor Day is a time to celebrate these magnificent plants. Plant a tree today. And go on and hug one!
“What Trees Mean to Me” drawing by Angel Smith.
Whenever I have attempted to color eggs at this time of year, I have been lucky if the results were this good.
Other egg-dyers have a lot—and I mean A LOT—more time on their hands. Some have raised the bar for decorated eggs to stratospheric heights of eggcellence. Take a look at these beauties!
These glorious jeweled eggsamples are my favorites. Why? Because they’re actually cakes and taste as sweet as they look!