I was on my way back to the office on the afternoon of Feb. 23 in a Robinson R-22 helicopter flown by Chief Pilot Joe Fragione of London Helicopters. I spotted movement in the large pool we were flying over. After spending more than an hour photographing the horrors of five o'clock traffic in Southwest Florida, I was thrilled to see something fascinating. I asked Joe to stop, and he instantly brought the chopper into a hover, then circled the pool while I snapped away, as members of the YMCA Swim Florida team practiced at the Norris Aquatic Center in North Naples. I like this photo because it was a complete surprise — I was on assignment to shoot traffic, and just by chance I found myself flying over the pool during practice. It made for a unique perspective on a common Florida activity. Thanks to the work of several people in the newsroom, we were able to get it on the front page of the next day's paper.

Photo by Darron R. Silva, Daily News

I was on my way back to the office on the afternoon of Feb. 23 in a Robinson R-22 helicopter flown by Chief Pilot Joe Fragione of London Helicopters. I spotted movement in the large pool we were flying over. After spending more than an hour photographing the horrors of five o'clock traffic in Southwest Florida, I was thrilled to see something fascinating. I asked Joe to stop, and he instantly brought the chopper into a hover, then circled the pool while I snapped away, as members of the YMCA Swim Florida team practiced at the Norris Aquatic Center in North Naples. I like this photo because it was a complete surprise — I was on assignment to shoot traffic, and just by chance I found myself flying over the pool during practice. It made for a unique perspective on a common Florida activity. Thanks to the work of several people in the newsroom, we were able to get it on the front page of the next day's paper.

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