Uncle Sam Jam 2018

Uncle Sam Jam 2018

Fireworks 2018

Uncle Sam Jam, July 4, 2018

Golden fireworks

Dandelion fireworks

Daisy fireworks

Fireworks bouquet

Fireworks display

Golden flower showers

Confetti fireworks

Hot pink fireworks

Rosie Fireworks

Uncle Sam Jam in Lincoln, Nebraska

Photographs by Uncle Tree

Independence Day

July 4, 2018



38 thoughts on “Uncle Sam Jam 2018

  1. These are great fireworks photos Uncle Tree! They remind me of dandelions when they go to seed, but this time in color and electrified. Remember in school when you learned about electricity and you had a science experiment where it showed if someone had static on them and their hair went all wild from the static electricity? These fireworks frozen in time reminds me of that. You sure captured these fireworks in all their glory – I wonder if this is what is going on outside right now? I am afraid to look – they sound way too close for comfort for me. We have an Uncle Sam Jam here as well.

  2. Thank you, Linda! 🙂 Glad you liked these electrified flowers.
    I actually have a “Fireworks” setting under the “Scene” category. I’m not sure what that means exactly, lol, but that’s what I used, along with a two-seconds timer, which allows time for me to steady myself, but also makes for mostly hit-and-miss opportunities.

    The show lasted 22 minutes, and the two sponsors spent $40,000.00 on fireworks, which went off on July 3rd. We parked in a gas station nearly a mile away from the stage in the park, but that made for a quick getaway.

    Last night, our neighborhood was a blast until midnight. It started raining lightly around 11 p.m., but that didn’t hardly stop anybody. The skyline outback was still lit up across the board. Crazy crackers!

  3. Thank you much, Jill! 🙂 I enjoyed the wide variety of colors and shapes and multiple compositions in the show. Thanks be to the two sponsors who spent 40 grand on fireworks. Incredible!

  4. Wow! Are they beautiful!!! At first I was not sure if they were just light. I thought they were some special kind of flowers in a black background. Guess your angels hiding here were out on a grand celebration. 😊

  5. They were great pictures and I was going to ask if you did anything special to enhance the fireworks – I did love the electrified look to them. Interesting that you have the fireworks setting on your camera – but you have the 24X zoom lens on your camera, so likely more enhanced features. I don’t know how to use a timer. I really need to familiarize myself more with the camera.

    I think I will head to bed shortly – my neighborhood also did fireworks til around 11:00 p.m. Right now we have a storm rolling in and I’m hoping to get some Reader items read before I shut off my computer and pull the plug. It is low severe potential but will likely put a halt to the fireworks tonight – yippee. Torrential rain too – now we need it. Hope Rudy was not too upset by the fireworks – first time for him. A friend’s cat runs under the bed every year and she has a difficult time getting him out again. 🙂

  6. Rudy did great, Linda. Cats are not allowed to run around this ‘hood, so he doesn’t get outside much. Once in awhile, he’ll sneak out, if the door is open and we’re not watching for him, but he doesn’t bolt, and is easily brought back in.

    On the night of the 4th, we went out front to sit on the driveway. Our neighbors were shooting off their fireworks in the middle of the street, so it was a pretty loud event. The booms bounce off the walls from the echo effect. Rudy was at the front door loudly meowing to come join us, so I came in and put him in his carrier, then brought him out on the driveway. He continued to meow and whine for about half an hour, before he settled down to watch quietly.

    After we came in, brave Rudy was immediately at the door to the garage wanting out. I cracked the garage door open an inch or so, and he crouched down to peer underneath of it, obviously unafraid.

  7. Thank you, Wayne! 🙂 My Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX350 has a “Scene” setting with “Fireworks” as one of the sub-categories. I’m guessing that allows for a longer exposure time, but it also slows me down, because it has to “process” for a couple of seconds after each shot. I also use the two-second timer, which gives me time to point and shoot and steady myself. I ended up with about 50 shots, and about a dozen “good” ones for keepers.

  8. That’s good – you have to worry with animals sometimes, especially the first encounter with fireworks.

    I had a friend who raised Golden Retrievers. One of her dogs was very scared of thunder and would shake and cry every storm they had. Have you ever seen “The Thunder Shirt” advertised? You can buy it if your dog is afraid of thunder or firecrackers, and you wrap it around their body and it calms them, So she bought one – didn’t help, so the vet prescribed a mild sedative.

    I went to bed early and the rain had just stopped before I turned off the lights … ten minutes later, there was no rain and people were out again shooting off fireworks in the ‘hood. I heard today that since the holiday fell in the middle of the week, the fireworks stands have a lot of product they didn’t sell and will have a “fire sale” … we’ll be listening to booms until Labor Day now.

  9. Well, George, I hear, there’s a first time for everything. 🙂 Congratulations!

    Now, I have to ask myself, “Is that a good thing?”
    So, I pick up my laptop and turn it upside-down. Lo, and behold!

    From here on out, I shall stand on my head to take pictures.
    At all costs, we must prevent misinterpretations and misrepresentations.

    I’m sure, I’ve never used those two words in the same sentence before, so thank you!

  10. On nights like that, Linda, I wear ear plugs to bed; like the ones I put in my ears at work. They do help a lot.

    Dogs and cats…and, now — deer? Yes, apparently.
    Just before sunrise on the 5th, I saw a single young buck on the golf course. That was a first. He was probably scared into new territory.

    I did get two pictures before he took to the trees, so I do have proof. 🙂 Does happen.

  11. I just went to see if you had a post and you did … I am uploading pictures so I came to Comments first, before Reader. Those were two good pictures of him. You are probably right – he was spooked and lucky he did not run out in front of a car and cause injuries to himself as well as the driver. I have had people tell me they see deer at Council Point Park but very early in the morning, just past dawn.
    It is not woodsy there, even in Summer when the trees are out. It does not go back more than about 20 feet, so not a place where deer could thrive. I am thinking they are wading in the Creek to get to the other side. I wish I would be lucky enough to see one.

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