Colors of the flag in my kaleidoscope.
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The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country.One of our kaleidoscope rods contains glitter and die cuts; red, white and blue, colors of our flag. On this July 3rd, enjoy the patterns and patriotic colors in a new light. Tomorrow, I will likely attempt to photograph the fireworks from afar and yes, they will probably be blurred streaks of colored light; but today I've made my own fireworks. Enjoy.
By the way, if you love kaleidoscopes you can enjoy other colorful pictures and learn how I took them here. (end of post)