Fluorescent hummingbirds hover while sipping nectar from gorgeous blossoms. Ruby-red cardinals and brilliant orioles stand out against a background of verdant leaves. Rippling streams bubble over stones, waterfalls cascade between lush greenery. Forests are a cornucopia of flora and fauna.
While nature can always be counted on to provide fodder for photographers, one can find a snowdrop or blue jay in winter, after all, summer also provides many unique opportunities for getting fun summer pictures. Fireworks, building sandcastles on the beach or hanging out at a baseball game are most definitely camera-worthy events.
There is one other social summer ritual, however, that can be a bit of a challenge to capture. The neighbourhood in which I live is one of backyard campfires. These weekend gatherings are a highlight of the season, though usually impromptu. When someone decides a night is right, they get a blaze going. Then like moths, others are drawn towards the light, armed with lawn chairs and coolers to partake of an evening of relaxing and visiting.
Since summers at the lake years ago, campfires have been a favourite pastime for our family, too. These nights are among the memories to look back on in times to come. Preserving them in photographs for posterity isn't that simple however. If you are interested in getting some great campfire pictures you can find tips on these sites:
DPS 5 Tips for Creating Fun Campfire Photos
How to Photograph the Perfect Campfire Scene
How to Take Better Pictures Around a Campfire