Now that I’ve written about our return flight in yesterday’s post, I can go back in time and reminisce about last Thursday’s trip to Kansas City, Missouri.
As you may recall, it was with some trepidation that I flew from Houston to KC. I had a nasty, hacking, dry cough due to a lung infection, and I was concerned for everyone’s hearing on the two-hour flight. While awaiting departure, I was never so happy to see several toddlers boarding the plane! I was hoping that their noise would distract from mine.
But then the pilot announced that we would be skirting a band of thunderstorms on my side of the plane. Normally, hearing the word “skirt” used as a verb would 1) pique my linguistic interest and 2) absolutely terrify me. Flying scares me enough as it is.
However, I just happen to be a huge cloud fan! Usually when I’m on a plane, I keep my point and shoot camera handy just in case there’s a good photo op. But knowing there probably would be some great clouds to take photos of, I grabbed my Nikon D300 with its Nikon 24-120mm lens and got ready to document the show.
Sidebar: In last Thursday’s post, I wrote that I was going to take my Nikon 17-55mm lens, along with the 105 and 50. But I lied. I adore the 17-55, but, gosh darn it, it can be so heavy! I decided to lighten my load, so I chose the 24-120. If you read any Nikon lens discussion forums, you’ll see that photographers either love or hate the 24-120; there’s no gray area. I’ve shot literally thousands of pix with it using my Nikon D70 and D200. It was my go-to lens on those cameras, but then I got lens snobby and decided nothing slower than an f/2.8 lens would do. Hence the 17-55, which I missed having in KC. I did, though, enjoy using the 24-120.
I had a wonderful time snapping away during the flight. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t annoy a few of my fellow passengers, because the D300 has a very loud shutter. I apologize for it early and often when I shoot at certain indoor functions. It’s a wake-the-dead kind of loud.
I almost expected the flight attendant to get on the PA and say, “Will the lady in seat 10A please stop taking cloud photos! We prefer that infernal coughing to that nonstop clicking!!”
A short respite from the outdoor action: I had seen this guy carrying the Janet Evanovich novel in the airport and wondered if he was holding it for his wife. After all, I think the Stephanie Plum series appeals so much more to women than men. But here he is not only reading the book, but proud of it! If it had been the Mister, he would have taken the cover off the book!!
Before long we exited the clouds and looked down at Kansas City. I’m originally from the midwest, and I had forgotten how clean and green it looks.
It’s easy being green in Kansas City!