Monday, July 06, 2009

By the rockets' red glare

By the Rockets Red Glare
There's something about fireworks that makes children of us all, raptly looking skyward in wonder and amazement. This was the scene at Blackhawk Country Club in Shorewood Hills Saturday night, but it was repeated in countless neighborhoods and communities around the country.

5 comments:

cbj said...

Shorewood's are my favorite around here. Short, sweet and not too crowded. Nice shot.

Dr Bud Diablo, watching o'er the ramparts said...

At the risk of sounding priggish, I must insist that you insert the apostrophe following the word "rockets." In the official "Star-Spangled Banner" lyrics posted on the Government's own website, "...the rockets' red glare" is what's giving proof through the night that our flag is still there, along with, of course, the bombs bursting in air.

Don't underestimate your influence, MadGuy. If you don't make the appropriate change, thousands of readers will henceforth dishonor the anthem by singing it without the apostrophe.

Madison Guy said...

Thanks -- you've got a point there, Dr. Bud Proofreader Extraordinaire Diablo. I got so hung up on the question of how many rockets -- one or many -- actually contributed to this photo (and thus where to place the apostrophe) that I inadvertently dodged the issue altogether. I guess I'll just settle for the plural collective metaphorical apostrophe at the end.

Dr Bud Diablo, Rhythmic Boomer said...

You're apparently still stuck in your trance of admiration. Show's over, amigo. Time to move on.

Madison Guy said...

Dr. Diablo, I have moved on. More into prairie photography at the moment. Also reading Donald Antrim's The Verificationist, an amusing, hallucinatory and satirical novel about a psychologist undergoing an out-of-body experience somewhere near the ceiling of a Pancake House restaurant, floating above a gathering of fellow shrinks, of which he had recently been a part, until his psyche split off. But I came down to earth long enough to post a Japanese beetle photo for your amusement and edification.