BANG !!!!

Over the years I've managed to lose much of my enthusiasm for fireworks, probably a good thing considering some of the near-accidents I've had while playing with them over the years.

This year I may even be feeling less patriotic than usual, though I still wish all of our troops could be home celebrating the 4th with fireworks, hamburgers, mountains and mountains of potato salad, and, most of all, with their families.

Perhaps the Taoist literature I've been reading has had an overly calming influence on me, but this beautiful flower from our newly-acquired garden somehow reminds me of fireworks:

What do you think?