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Image of the Day – Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fireworks over Baton Rouge

Fireworks over Baton Rouge

Stiffling hot, mercilessly humid, without remorse is a good way to describe what it was like to be outdoors on Independence Day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Facing a heat index the rose to well above 100 degrees we got out yesterday to enjoy the holiday. We visited the Oakley Plantation near Jackson, Louisiana and toured the plantation home and couldn’t wait to get inside the plantation for the inside part of the tour and soak up some air conditioning.

From there we drove to downtown Baton Rouge where we saw a fly over by Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft and then an attack on the USS Kidd by vintage World War II aircraft. By that point we’d had enough and dropped by my son’s nearby apartment to cool off and have a few cold beverages.

Just before dark we made our way to the west side of the Mississippi River in the stifling heat to set up to shoot the night’s fireworks. Much to our surprise and glee once the sunset a nice breeze began to blow out of the southwest, the temperatures dropped, the humidity went down and as the nearby band played up until the first burst of fireworks it went from unbearably hot to quite pleasant. Thank goodness for small miracles.

To the blare from nearby speakers we enjoyed patriotic music as Baton Rouge’s Fourth of July finale of fireworks played out. This shot was taken during that display with the mighty Mississippi River in the foreground and my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the background and a near full moon overlooking it all.

Apologies on this image, however, it just doesn’t look the same shrunk down to 600 pixels wide… but this is my choice for image of the day and, by golly, I’m sticking with it!

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~ by rfoxx on July 5, 2009.

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