Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Life can change in a split second

Rescue Helicopter, Cardrona Resort Ski Field, Otrago, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Lift Off

This isn’t the greatest photo, is was taken with my mobile phone to record an intermediate step in a day that started out great but  suddenly changed direction.  While dismounting a chairlift at Cardrona Resort skifield near Wanaka in Central Otago, New Zealand, my wife fell and badly fractured her left leg.  This required a 45 minute rescue helicopter ride to hospital in Dunedin.  On board was another skier from the Snow Park across the Cardrona Valley (you can see it in the distance) with a fracture on his right leg in the same place! Needless to say, this has caused a major rearrangement of our lives for the next few weeks as she recovers from a pinning operation and gets used to moving around on crutches. Our special thanks go to the Cardrona Ski Patrol and Westpac Helicopter crew from Dunedin, as well as the staff and doctors at Dunedin Hospital.

It all goes to show, it doesn’t matter what type of camera you have with you, even a humble mobile phone, you can still capture the moment.

6 responses

  1. Glenda West

    Not good news Chris, loved seeing the picture, you don’t need your camera. Give Val a hug from us, she perhaps needed this rest after a busy child minding year. !! Love Glenda

    August 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  2. Waveney

    Oh boy! Does this bring back memories. When I broke my ankle in Australia one of the only things that cheered me up was a poem Valerie sent me – something to do with knitting and the doctors having their chance to knit my bones. I couldn’t help laughing when I read it and my other roommates asked to share the joke. I read it to them and soon the whole room was laughing so much that the nurses came to see what was so funny. Now it is poor Valerie who is in hospital. I’m sorry but I’m no poet. However I do send her (and you) my warmest wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery. Let us know how it all goes.

    God bless, Waveney

    August 23, 2012 at 4:53 am

    • Thanks for the lovely message Waveney. I will pass it on to Val when I see her today. She has her knitting with her in the ward but doesn’t have the energy to apply to it at present. I will email you separately on update.

      August 23, 2012 at 6:37 am

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