Water balloon battle

Lake Dabinawa Water Balloon Battle

Each 4th of July, the residents and water lovers of Lake Dabinawa take to the waves for an epic water balloon war. This being our family’s first summer on one of the lake’s gorgeous coves, we spent the morning prepping fireworks, filling water balloons and decorating boats for the wild occasion. The day was complete with firecracker themed pancakes, customized canons and the best fireworks display on the lake.

Water balloon battle

Water balloon battle

Water balloon battle


The amazing water balloon battle provided an excellent opportunity to capture some truly awesome candids of friends, family and neighbors in action on the water. The challenge? Protecting some pretty pricy photography gear while everyone was, literally, aiming for us. Still — the fun is apparent in each and every shot.

Back on dry land, everyone started gearing up for the evening’s firework display — which was equal parts gorgeous and awesome set on the shore of the beautiful cove.

Prepping for fireworks

Prepping for fireworks

Prepping for fireworks

Petting Ogilvy


Fireworks over the lake

Fireworks over the lake

Fireworks over the lake


Fireworks over the lake

Such a gorgeous and fun day. Special thanks to the Kirk family for sharing their beautiful lake house for the holiday.

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