July 2012

Make that “Pictures of the Week”!

Whatever claims Memorial Day may have to marking the beginning of summer, to me it doesn’t really seem to get going until the first week of July. So much of what is quintessentially summer – from picnics and fireworks to sporting competitions – seems to take place this week. So here are five pics that hardly tell the full tale of this first full week of summer — I mean, no European Cup, Olympic Trials, or Wimbledon! — but nevertheless certainly hint at all that’s been going on. I hope you are having a grand summer!

July 3, 2012. Fireworks light up the sky against the backdrop of a full moon during a Fourth of July celebration in Kansas City, Kansas. Charlier Riedel, AP. (Time, Lightbox)

July 1, 2012. Fair-goers spin on a ride at the State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Julio Cortez, AP. (Time, Lightbox)

July 2, 2012. The pack passes farm fields during the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race, which stretches over 207.5 kilometers (129 miles) and starts in Vise and ends in Tournai, Belgium. Christophe Ena, AP. (Time, Lightbox)

July 3, 2012. A man photographs the full moon in Brasilia. Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters. (Time, Lightbox)

Friends helping an equestrienne prepare for a 4th of July horse show. DJL