I was out on the patio when I heard it from the near distance. A car accident. It unfolded like it was out of the movies. From here it sounded like it took an eternity.
Thirty seconds of silence followed before the sirens started to wail. I walked out the door and onto the street. Too many hills. The sound was echoing from every direction.
It’s 2016, I thought. The Internet must have a solution, so I googled “Live Fire Department Scanner.” Thirty seconds later I was listening in on the Orange County Fire Authority’s frequency.
When a fireman told dispatch the Mercy Air flight was five minutes from my neighborhood elementary school I picked up my camera, got in the car and drove there.
Because of my post-op restrictions I took just one lens, a 300mm F/4. In retrospect I should have taken something shorter and faster. Live and learn.