Like I mentioned before, The light seems to be better this year.

And of course, I’m closer to a AARP card, which means that i’ve photographically matured.

Whatever the reason, color seems to be a theme this year.

Jenine Alexander wins the barrel race Saturday July 23, 2011 during the Healdsburg Water Carnival. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The Healdsburg Fire Department creates a rainbow Saturday July 23, 2011 during the Healdsburg Water Carnival. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Scarlett plays the part of a mermaid at the Healdsburg Water Carvival, Saturday July 23, 2011 in Healdsburg. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Iowyn Eddleman, 7, of Santa rosa took second in the swimsuit competiton Saturday July 23, 2011 during the Healdsburg Water Carnival. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Ice cream cooled off patrons Saturday July 23, 2011 during the Healdsburg Water Carnival. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Kelsey Loupy of Healdsburg is Cleopatra as part of the Rivers Edge float, Saturday July 23, 2011 during the Healdsburg Water Carnival. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Annliese Quisisem of Petaluma entered the contest for the best old time swim suit, Saturday July 23, 2011 during the Healdsburg Water Carnival. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

In her mini-stock Pinto, 21 year-old Snazzy Duckworth of Sebastopol, straps in prior to hot laps at Petaluma Speedway, Saturday July 16, 2011 in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Joe Punti signals the final hot lap during Saturday night racing at the Petaluma Speedway, July 16, 2011 in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Fog starts to penetrate the sky at the Petaluma Speedway, Saturday July 16, 2011 in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

A group of Kaiesr Permanante professionals relax as they eat lunch after completing the Harvest Century Bicycle Tour in Healdsburg, Saturday July 16, 2011. Seated at left are, Andrew Stern and Benny Ng. Seated middle, Matthew Gracianette and Linda Tang. They are all from the greater Bay Area. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Mike Prichard of Oroville, who works for Roof Structures Inc. out of Freemont, prepares to work on the roof of the new senior center at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, Thursday July 14, 2011. The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation donated $1.5 million to help in the completion of the building. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Billy Brady, left and Ron "Irish" Carter of J&R Thompson painting of Novato put a sealant on a new building at Windsor High School, Thursday July 7, 2011 in Windsor. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Cal Fire was called in as mutual aid to help fight a small suspicious brush fire on Fulton Road near Wood Lane in Santa Rosa, Tuesday July 5, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Juan Martinez Leon's relatives pass under an altar, Tuesday July 5, 2011 that he prayed under every morning, prior to his drowning death in Mote Rio Monday afternoon. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

There's no lack of business at Borders in Santa Rosa, Friday July 22, 2011 as the book chain liquidates after annoucing the company's closure after 40 years in business. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter