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Amazing lighting show put on by mother nature! If you were snoozing away like a lot of people, you missed a good show. Here are a few shots that I took from the evening.
After the Salmon Idaho (where I’m from) Parade, we stopped by one of the local fireworks shops and found some mortars, and 3 stage bottle rockets. This was the first year that we have purchased “the good stuff” (some people call them illegal, but I like to think that they are approved somewhere in the country so that is good enough for me). Grandpa turned the sprinklers on down in the gully so we could stage our fireworks show in a nice safe, and no- flammable area. The boys were so excited to actually get some fireworks that got off the ground. Their pre-requsite when purchasing the fireworks was, “is it dangerous, and scary? ok lets get it”. The moon was a nice touch in the backdrop of all the photos. I turned my shutter to “bulb” on my Nikon D600 and used my remote with tripod. The boys lit the fireworks, I opened the shutter, and then closed after the firework was done giving it a bright well exposed firework photo. Pictures turned out good, but the experience, and time spent with family was awesome! Happy Independence Day!
7th Grade boys are chosen from all over the state to come play in the All Star game in Souther Idaho. There were two teams formed, Treasure Valley, and Team Idaho. Treasure Valley team consists of boys from schools all around the Treasure valley. Team Idaho are the boys outside of the Treasure Valley area. They traveled to College of Southern Idaho and checked into the local dorms, just like young college students, Food was provided, and some local entertainment consisting of some low budget laser tag, and bowling. They had a total of 5 practices over a 3 day period. After watching the first practice, I thought my boy was in the wrong age group. 6’4″ 280 lb 7th grader? My boy coming in at 5’3″ 120lbs, he was a little overwhelmed, but still eager. They bonded as a team, and found out their strengths and weaknesses. They learned offensive plays, and defensive plays. The program fitted them in nice new uniforms representing their respective teams. The fire alarms in the dorms were only pulled twice in the 3 day period of dorm life. They were fed well, and had plenty of free time to have fun. After check out from the dorms, and $20 payment to the attending RA for loosing a dorm key, The boys were off to play their game at Filer High School just 8 miles out of Twin Falls. The weather was good, but a slight breeze that made the kicking, and passing game challenging. The running game was king, and Treasure Valley prepared for a running game. It was a battle, and the better team won! Tell us what you think after watching the game.
Here is some random clips of practice: