Baby on Board
The tiny spec at the top of the picture is Southwest flight 1010 captured less than a minute after take-off from Burbank. The Boeing 737 is carrying 150 souls to Dallas and points onward.
Below the plane are hundreds of thousands of San Fernando Valley residents waking up to a clear Sunday in October.
I know a few of the Valley residents. I also know one of the passengers on the plane. To say this person is a precious cargo is an understatement.
It’s my daughter Julia.
Just last night the whole family was gathered on the patio of our Hollywood Hills rental. It’s the same spot where I snapped this photo as I watched the plane fade into the distance.
Julia’s mother and I have seen her off on a lot of journeys including Italy, Korea and too many US destinations to count. This was the first time that I had a chance to observe her climb-out in real-time.
I don’t think there will ever be a time when I’m without concerns or worries about Julia. Luckily my pride in her accomplishments leaves little room for those thoughts.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.