The month of July has started off somewhat like an only dreamed about Christmas. I've been shopping for some new photo gear and its been arriving steadily and I should be pretty well outfitted once again very soon. The following pics are basically a hodge podge of me trying out a few new lenses and such over the last few days. The good thing about getting new equipment is it was a long holiday so I had time to play. The bad thing was I didn't have the things I normally have and know how to use, therefore, I wasn't as prepared for events such as fireworks. Unfortunately, I realized I was missing a key piece of equipment for my tripod only when I was about to set up and take some fireworks pics. So, no mess of fireworks pics this year. But, I did get some carnival shots, and some beach shots, and a shot of my son in his karate class.