My friend Mikaela is a freelance writer and a blogger, not to mention an awesome basketball player (that’s how we met!). She recently was hired by Kenmore Air to write a featured story for HARBORS Magazine, their in-flight reading material. The feature is about Michelle Rohter, who’s been a pilot since 1987, and is Kenmore’s only female pilot who’s qualified to fly their entire fleet. Talk about a role model! So, of course, the story must be accompanied by pictures, right? That’s where I come in. Mikaela asked me if I’d like to help her and photograph Michelle. My work, published in a magazine? Um, yes please! 🙂
Ready and waiting at Kenmore Air Harbor.
Here’s Michelle! She was super friendly and told us some neat facts about our trip. On the right is the Otter, a 10-seater plane and the largest in the Kenmore fleet.
I got to sit next to Michelle on our way up to Friday Harbor so I could snap a few shots of her in action. As a pilot for 26 years, she’s definitely earned her stripes.
This is Mikaela, all smiles because we got to wear headsets so we could actually communicate on the flight. She also dabbles with photography – you can see her changing lenses here. 🙂
Heading north over Lake Washington. We left the docks facing south and then pulled a U-ey to head to the islands. The blur is the propeller!
I actually prefer the PNW with a few clouds in the sky, especially when they’re fluffy like this one! This is approaching Whidbey Island.
Remember that Whidbey Island landslide on March 27? There it is… Look how it changed the shoreline! That used to be straight! Amazing, the power of nature.
Farmland…and how we’re so fortunate to have local, organic foods around here! 😀
Smith Island…unoccupied…apparently there used to be a third house, but it was lost when a landslide took it out. I don’t imagine this lil’ guy will stand the test of time.
Seal sighting, bottom right of the rocks!
This is actually my favorite shot of the day. Gorgeous vessel docked in Friday Harbor. I love the reflection.
There’s a lil’ seafood shop right at the marina. Fresh, fresh, fresh!
How cool is this. I didn’t take a photo of ‘looking down’, but the pilons were covered with giant white-plumed sea anemones.
Not sure I could live this far from the city, but these homes…wowwwww..
Check out Fort Casey!
A ferry and an oil carrier.
Hey, it’s my hometown Edmonds! Lookin’ good. 🙂
Green Lake. Who’s playing basketball down there?
Heading to the Kenmore Aire dock on Lake Union to drop off our passengers.
This mother goose has made her home on Bill Gates’ dock! Apparently they tried a few tricks to get her to leave, but she outsmarted ’em, and here she lays (eggs)!
Husky Stadium…see you on August 31!!!
The UW Medical Center and Health Sciences on the left, and much of upper campus on the right. I *heart* UW.
Overall, an amazing afternoon and I’m grateful for the opportunity not only to be part of a magazine publication, but to see the incredible beauty that is right in our own backyard. 🙂 Thanks again, Mikaela!
You can read other stories about Kenmore Air on their blog.