Skywatch Friday Independence Day

This Monday is July Forth , Independence Day  Holiday here in the USA. This scene of the flag snapping smartly in the breeze was taken at Evergreen Cemetery in Riverside California. I think this photo about sums up the 4th of July for me, the dignity and service of those who have gone before us,the caring for of their surroundings as well as our own,the flag of our nation above us all. This place was not always so Green and pleasant, it had fallen to a tumble down state and was the domain of ground squirrels and vandals a decade ago. A group of classic car guys (Club name is “Old Farts Racing” Really!) formed a non-profit to support the old cemetery and held car shows to raise funds for restoration . As you can see they have worked wonders and done a service to the area.

The crispy brown hillside beyond Evergreen is Mount Rubidoux where in the Spring Easter sunrise services are held and in the Summer fireworks are launched from the top to entertain the valley below. Betting pools are formed as to the minute after 9pm that the mount will catch fire…it happens every year . Fire crews are up their with hoses at the ready to quash any stray embers from falling rocket debris but still a couple of acres of dry brush goes up yearly, we just call it “weed abatement” by the city of Riverside.

Have a great weekend Skywatchers and those of you in the USA have a safe and happy long 4th of July weekend too!

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4 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday Independence Day

  1. Wonderful shots!

    My entry.

  2. A beautiful and sad image…love the flag flowing, and what it stands for. Perfect for this special weekend.

  3. magicalmysticalteacher

    The serene green of the cemetery contrasts starkly with the sere, brown hills in the background.


    The sky’s a most wonderful thing,
    Enjoyed by both peasant and king;
    No matter the eye
    That sees the bright sky
    The proper response is to sing!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Stormy Sky

  4. Great pic! And a very beautiful tribute to people who struggled for our comfort!
    Thanks for sharing;o)
    ¤ Have a nice and happy weekend ¤

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