The quiet before the fireworks

We’re girding for the Fourth of July. On Independence Day, the town gets hemmed in by so many tourists that it’s hard to see the forest for the people.Fireworkds

This weekend gives us our last chance to be small for a while. I took the camera out today to give you a glimpse at my everyday California. The scene of many movies and TV shows, it never plays itself, so you may have seen it without realizing it. Its credits include “The Parent Trap” with Lindsay Lohan, in which a camp played a camp, and “Next” with Nicholas Cage and Julianne Moore, in which a restaurant played a motel.

Today, sad to say, two teens selling lemonade for 50 cents were disassembling their stand as I passed, taking apart their photo opp. Something has become of the thermometer that for several months has tallied donations to the Fourth of July fireworks fund – the more money donated, the longer the fireworks show over the lake. Last year, the fireworks committee collected enough for 15 minutes or so of shells, brocades, chrysanthemums, peonies, crackles and squealers — not bad for an unincorporated town of 10,000 souls, many of them only on weekends.

OK, are you ready to go sightseeing?

You are here!

You are here!

Next weekend, it will look like the whole town is for sale.

Next weekend, it will look like the whole town is for sale.

 

Apparel for your formal forest events

This is more like it!

This is more like it!

Family swim time with the teenagers

That's a real bald eagle -- obviously not the pistachio-cracking kind!

That’s a real bald eagle — obviously not the pistachio-cracking kind! The tree is near the Chamber of Commerce building on the lake.

Sign of a California summer: dry grass

Sign of a California summer: dry grass

A business all ready for next weekend

A business all ready for next weekend

 

 

(The fireworks photo is MS Office clip art; all of the other photos are mine. To use my photos, get my permission, like the Copyright Act says.)

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