4th of July. Awaking this a.m. to bright sunshine, which is highly unusual for our part of the country, which normally has rain for the 4th, I thought about the 17 years we spent on the East Coast and the hot and humid 4ths we experienced there. That further brought to mind what it must have been like 236 years ago when our forefathers brought forth this unique political experiment. The play, and subsequent movie, 1776, commented frequently on the environmental conditions of the time, and while none of those involved with either production obviously had any real experience with those times, my time back east suggests that they couldn't be far off. Both productions are among my all time favorites, depicting as they do, what is believed to have occurred that spring/summer, and I often wonder what the founding fathers would say about their efforts on this anniversary of their creation. Much I'm certain, and likely we wouldn't be surprised to hear that they just might not be pleased with what we have done to their creation. Susan Dunn has compiled a book of their developmental work titled "Something That Will Surprise the World: The Essential Writings of the Founding Fathers" in which she has selected 5 of them, Washington, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, to illustrate their differing opinions with respect to how the new country should be governed. She does not dwell on the compromises required to create the infant nation, instead leaving that aspect to the reader. I highly recommend the book to you, but even if you don't add it to your reading list, I invite you to raise your hand with me on this 236th anniversary in affirmation of this daring new experiment with a strong aye in favor. Nikon D300s; Aperture Priority; 18 - 200; ISO 200; 1/125 sec @ f / 5.6 from inside the vehicle.