I trust that you had an exceptional 4th of July holiday weekend spent with family and friends. I hope you also spent a moment in remembrance of those that have given the most so that so we can enjoy the freedoms that we celebrate on this day.
Sometimes I find that is the most simplistic of imagery that can have the most impact on myself, or more importantly, the viewer. While traveling around OBX over the weekend I was struck with how patriotic the residents are and how proud they are to display that patriotism. On the island, as well as, all over the US, the American Flag was being displayed as a reminder to everyone why we join in honor and celebration on this day. Like most. I become a little emotional seeing our Flag while photographing the many ways it is displayed during this celebration.
When looking back over all the images, I was struck by the symbolic nature of one photograph I had taken where the American Flag stood proud, but alone, amongst the multitude of outriggers of a fleet of charter fishing vessels. In that moment I could not help but think about the words to our National Anthem
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Happy Independence Day!
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