Hi to everyone who loves Balboa Island as much as I do. This summer has been a bit of a trial for me - but the sunshine is coming out in my life just as it does on Balboa Island. I had back surgery a few days after our wonderful parade. You can see some of the parade pictures on www.balboa-island.com.
I have new respect for the art of photography. Gar Travis, who generously donates his time to take pictures for my website arrived at 6:30 am the day of the parade to find a spot on the bridge where he would be able to view the parade and shoot the pictures from just the right angle. He waited there until 10:45 when the parade began and didn't leave until 1:00. The sun was hot, the crowd was large, but he persevered and loved it.
In addition to the images on my website, you can see more at www.garphoto.com Gar's site has over 60,000 images of everything from flowers to airplanes to the Renaissance Faire. You can tell he really loves what he does - and this isn't his job. It is a work of love and charity. Gar actually donates the fees for his work to various charities. Most involving children. I feel very lucky to know this man and to have his help every year.