Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our World Tuesday ~ 10-18-11

Today is another installment of Our World Tuesday, and I am posting something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. I had a doctor’s appointment at the University of Virginia Primary Care Facility so was forced to use their abominable high rise car garage. This time there were no places down on the lower levels, so I had to drive around and around until I was up in the sun on the tippy top. As I was getting out of the car, I heard a loud noise and turned around to see a medevac helicopter about to land on a grassy pad way down below me on the ground. Luckily I had my Canon Point and Shoot in my purse so the following photos are what I saw. I try never to post more than 2 or 3 shots at a time - usually only 1 -  so they will download more quickly, but this time I decided to break my rule and show them all. They are each STOC - a Canon PowerShot SD 3500 IS Digital Elf.

My car was parked right beside the red one on the right ON THE TOP!

 My initial land view of the medevac helicopter....when I first saw it, it was still airborne, but by the time I got my camera out of my purse and out of the case I was too late.

 I was tickled to get this close up of it on the ground and to see the reflection of the wings.

 Here I spotted the gurney and the med team moving out to the grassy area.

Now they were getting closer, and I immediately noticed the other ambulances parked there to the side. I was wondering if the fellow in green was the “traffic” director.

 I was surprised to see the doors open on this side of the helicopter as the pilot/med tech was walking around to the other side.When I saw the gurney getting so close, I knew it was time to turn off the camera and give them their privacy. Plus, I needed get on down those umpteen flights of steps though I opted for the elevator, instead. I did not want to see them bringing the patient off the helicopter. As I was walking to the elevator all I could think was: “Please, God, let them get the patient inside in time to save him.”

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away.”
― Maya Angelou

This post is linked with Our World Tuesday.


  1. It was neat to see this through your lens. I too pray the person is ok.

  2. ooh, such unexpected drama you captured Genie. and you always have a camera with you! I'm really loving your watery wednesday photos in previous post too. fantastic. I love the vintage photo frames. happy day to you Genie.

  3. And that is the reason we always keep a camera close by! Very nice shots...

  4. i´m sorry, you can´t see my pics. they are there. i don´t now, why you cannot see them :(

  5. Hi Genie,

    You are a very special person. I am also considering next year to shave my hair.

    Ann xxxx

    Thanks for thinking of me.

  6. What a scene to watch, usually it is a very serious medical problem to involve the helicopter. My son was flown to John Hopkins once after breaking his leg and foot during a sled ride in our backyard. They thought he might had damage to his neck too. It was a very scary time.

  7. I always say a little prayer when an ambulance speeds by or I see the medevac helicopter flying.

    Great pics.

  8. A scary event you witnessed! My son-in-law is a paramedic and used to work in Ontario's Far North where helicopters were the only transportation to hospitals in Thunder Bay and Winnipeg.

  9. nice sequences of shots and i like the accompanying quote. glad you had a camera with you to capture the scenes. hope the patient's condition was nothing too serious.

  10. that was some unexpected shots. But I think ypu did teh right thing to stop shot when you did. You still got some great shots. :)

  11. Magnificent sequence of this event.

  12. How interesting, Genie. You certainly were prepared! :)

  13. I hope whoever it was got the care they needed in time. Makes for exciting photos in any case. :)