Down by the boardwalk

Me and my sunburn are lying in front of the box fan, nursing a beer and reminiscing on a July 4th so awesome it feels like a dream.

I’m part of a friend group that goes back to high school (for some of us, grade school). We’ve scattered to the far corners of the country and back again, so over the past decade even partial reunions have been a rare and treasured thing.

Last weekend the fates aligned and four of us (+partners, +Samson) converged at Meg’s apartment in Atlantic City. We leapt into saltwater waves, passed out on beach blankets, ate pizza with clam sauce, drank beers in the backyard, and referenced inside jokes that pre-date Y2K. What makes old friendships so validating?

Atlantic City - 4th of July

Then yesterday afternoon I had to make a tough call: leave town at a reasonable hour and miss friends and fireworks, or stay for fireworks and get up at 3am for a 6 hour pre-dawn drive to work.

I consulted Samson, still recovering on the couch from a 48 hr. bender with all-you-can-eat-casino-buffets and blackjack. He’s always been the sort to push all the chips on the table, so we did our last night up right.

I took these with my new Lumix, set to 3200 ISO and +2/3 exposure.

Atlantic City - 4th of July

Atlantic City - 4th of July

Atlantic City - 4th of July

Atlantic City - 4th of July

Atlantic City - 4th of July

Atlantic City - 4th of July

Atlantic City - 4th of July



  1. Janet · July 8, 2011

    Katie, These pictures are amazing!

  2. misa · July 8, 2011

    Wow, those are awesome fireworks shots!

  3. tami · July 8, 2011

    i know you got a sunburn because i was not there to protect you with my words of wisdom. i think sam made the right call–glad you stayed! your pictures look cool.

  4. Julie · July 6, 2011

    what gorgeous photos!! I hope your sunburn heals quickly without too much peeling.

    • foxflat · July 6, 2011

      so far so good…i’ve been slathering on the aftersun lotion

  5. kara · July 6, 2011

    Totally worth it; those pictures are amazing!

    • foxflat · July 6, 2011

      🙂 i really like this camera!

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