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Don Seabrook | Let's go fly a kite

We learned that the nuns from St. Joseph’s Church were leaving Wenatchee and heading out of state in the beginning of July. I had done a photo story on them some years ago, so I wasn’t sure how to approach photographs for this story.

My dilemma was solved when we received a call Monday that in a few hours, the nuns would be at a luncheon and afterward would fly kites — most for the first time. Images of "The Flying Nun" television show with Sally Field and the song "Let’s Go Fly a Kite" from "Mary Poppins" popped up in my memory as I drove to the church.

I waited at the church for the luncheon to conclude then followed them out to the playground as they began running around, trying to get their kites in the air. It was the first day of still air in weeks.

I wanted to shoot it with a wide angle lens that would provide a more intimate look at the nuns as they ran and laughed.

The way I generally approach using wide angle or telephoto lens is this: If I'm trying to get the perspective of being right in the action, I use a wide angle lens, and if the approach is like watching from a distance, I use a telephoto lens.

I liked this photograph as they all ran at the same time but without the nearest sister looking my way, it didn’t capture the fun they were having.

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Sisters try to fly kites at St. Joseph's Church in Wenatchee.

Occasionally they would turn with their faces toward the sun and toward me. This is the best shot I could get.

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Sister Maria Elena Casillas, 83, right, tries to untangle a kite in her first flying experience at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wenatchee on Monday, June 24, 2019. At left, getting her kite in the air is Sister Olga Cano. Four of the five nuns in Wenatchee flew kites after a luncheon at the church. For all but one is was their first experience with kites. With Sister Casillas and Sister Lucia Hinojosa retiring, the other three nuns will also leave Wenatchee for other missions work in New Jersey.

 In a funny moment, one of the sisters lost the handle to the string on her kite. But with the wind pretty light, the kite just fluttered to the ground.

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A kite string flies out of the grasp of Sister Olga Cano at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wenatchee on Monday, June 24, 2019. Four of the five nuns in Wenatchee flew kites after a luncheon at the church. For all but one is was their first experience with kites. In the background is Sister Blanca Lopez.

 I’ll miss having them in the community – they always seemed to bring joy to those around them.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

seabrook@wenatcheeworld.com

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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