As the 48th annual Summer Games approached – the largest event of more than 200 annually organized through Special Olympics Southern California – I had the opportunity to see a side of Special Olympics not as know. It’s acronym is LETR. It stands for Law Enforcement Torch Run. It is the organization of law enforcement officers who give of their efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics movement. The primary effort for LETR is called the Final Leg. More than 3,000 officers throughout Southern California travel the torch for the Summer Game nearly 900 miles over two weeks, ending at the venue in Long Beach. I joined one of the routes on my big. Taking my cameras as five agencies took the torch on an amazing ride. It was an amazing ride. Check out some of what I saw in the gallery FINAL LEG.
After 17 years at Loyola Marymount, I began an new adventure with Special Olympics Southern California. Two weeks into my new role, I had the opportunity to shoot my first event. The Spring Regional Games in Santa Clarita Valley. It was followed by the Spring Regionals in Pomona and then the San Diego Regional Games.I am not sure words can properly express what I got to see. The spirit. The joy. The determination. A nine-year old stole my heart. A volunteer was a show-stopper. A bocce athlete was just happy to play. A father-daughter combo brought tears to the eyes.Every one had stories of love, perseverance, determination, inclusion and so much more. The imagery was amazingly overwhelming. The people – no words can explain.
It has become an annual tradition in the month of October to head down towards San Diego for the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show. We have done it the last several years, and it is an experience of a lifetime. One that has us returning again. The 2016 show will be at the end of September. We will be there. As for viewing through the lens of a camera, it, too, is quite the experience. Including this shot of the Blue Angels doing an inverted flyby at TWO-METERS!! Dude. I am hooked. Here is the PHOTO GALLERY from 2015. Enjoy.
October has become to be known for a birthday celebration and for us military aircraft lovers in SoCal, the MIRAMAR AIRSHOW. After the government shutdown forced the two celebrations to delay coming together, October of 2014 they merged. We finally got to celebrate the Libra’s birthday at a place of joy – an airshow.
Add to that the opportunity to rent Nikon’s brand new 400/2.8 lens, and I was in heaven. And here is some of what came from it. Of course, I had the chance to have a co-photographer. Which is always an added joy. Check out the PHOTO GALLERY.