Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Photo Challenge #2: Humanity v.2.0 - "Waiting for the Plane"


"Waiting"
Raleigh, NC - June 2006 (Click to embiggen)

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This scene is one I'm sure has been repeated at airfields all over the country over the last seven years, but under much grimmer circumstances. Young wives, girlfriends, sisters waiting for their husbands, boyfriends, brothers to return home from foreign lands. And hoping against hope that they will return whole and healthy.

But on this hot June afternoon in 2006, the occasion was far more lighthearted. It was similar in that wives and children were awaiting the return of their men from another country, but in this case they were the wives and children of players for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes who were one day removed from winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. An estimated 3000 fans lined up at the fence at the ramp of a nondescript general aviation hangar, as Canes fans have done every postseason, to welcome the team back home and shout encouragement for the upcoming game. It worked in this case as Carolina went on to win the deciding Game 7 on June 19th, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 to claim hockey's ultimate prize.
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9 comments:

Shadow said...

well, this certainly put a light-hearted grin on my face this friday afternoon...

Artist Unplugged said...

Nothing like loved ones there to greet you on your return home! Uplifting

Asha said...

Including you, a NHL nut, waiting to welcome them! I know!! ;D

Oh, I forgot to say "enjoy the concert today there at UNCG". Came back here as soon as I remembered! :))

Daryl said...

Nice .. really nice

Kay said...

You do such a good job of focus in your people chots...

tarheelrambler said...

Another side of Mojo that I haven't seen before...photojournalist. This is a great shot and a great story.

Mama Zen said...

I love the composition of this one. Very nice.

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Sheila @ Dr Cason.org said...

That prewaiting jitters. You can just feel the excitement!