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Battle of Midway 70th Anniversary


Please Note: This blog contains a very small selection of my Midway Atoll photos! To see the full gallery with captions, please go here.

Hello all!

My apologies for being behind on blogging – I’m in the midst of moving both my residence and my blog while continually working. I didn’t get around to blogging about it here, but I did have the opportunity to tour the USNS Mercy on its way into Pearl Harbor before it departs to the South Pacific for its Pacific Partnership 2012 mission – you can check out those photos on my Facebook Page.

It’s a summer of change, as my husband just had his last official day in the U.S. Army a couple of days ago, so between fashion shoots, weddings, portrait sessions, and military adventures, we’ve been swamped with moving that had some complications, which has resulted in us needing to find a temporary rental for June before we move to our new permanent apartment in July. Thus, when I was first invited to attend the Battle of Midway’s 70th Anniversary ceremony on the isolated Midway Atoll (specifically Sand Island), I hesitated. As a daughter of conservation enthusiasts with a background in working with the Endangered Species Management at Haleakala National Park in my youth, I had always been curious about this distant Northwestern Hawaiian Island, but the stress of dealing with moving and having to shoot a wedding the day before the ceremony made the choice to go seem daunting.

“If you don’t go, you’re going to be very mad at yourself later,” said my husband, who knows me all too well.  He assured me that he’d rally our friends to help with finishing the move if I went, and so I did.

The adventure started around midnight of June 4th at Hickam, and we left around 2:00am HST. Midway is actually an hour behind Hawaii in the time zone, and we arrived when it was still dark to avoid hitting birds while landing. The flight took about two hours and 24 minutes.

After landing, we took golf carts driven by the island’s Thai workers to the clinic, which was acting as the media center and miraculously had WiFi internet. A couple of Fish & Wildlife volunteers offered to take people out to photograph the sunrise, and of course I jumped at the chance. My escort and I drove out on the golf cart, dodging all the sleepy chicks in the road, going out to the harbor where I photographed the old sea plane hangar in front of the setting moon, and the sunrise from a pier. There was also a Laysan albatross chick right in front of the pier which ended up getting backlit portraits taken of him or her. It was incredible to think that 70 years prior, these skies were filled with battling planes.

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