The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.Wilbur Wright
I think Wilbur Wright is right–our love of flying is deeply embedded in our DNA. At times our love is severely tested (lost luggage, travel delays, cancelled flights…and so on), but in many of us the allure of new cities, new cultures, new food, and new horizons lasts a lifetime.
This week, for Tina’s marvelous “Taking Flight” challenge, I’d like to explore some ways that we all enjoy flying:
Balloons, Bubbles, and Kites
Friedrich NietzscheHe who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
We don’t have to go very far when we travel. Sometimes it’s just a few feet off the ground. We learn that when we are still children. It doesn’t take us very long to figure out that a birthday party isn’t complete without ice cream, cake, and of course, balloons.
Here, a balloon man sells his wares in the main plaza in San Jose del Cabo.
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.~Leonardo da Vinci
Do you agree that children all around the world love bubbles? Here in Rome, children (and their parents) enjoy the performance of a bubble “maestro.”
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Closer to my home, people enjoy flying kites on a cool autumn day in Portland, Maine. How many of us flew kites when we were children? Some of us still do it.
Para Gliding and Flying
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.~ Gil Stern
Early one morning in Cabo San Lucas, people were para gliding over the Pacific Ocean. I haven’t tried it or hang gliding, for that matter, but I did take flying lessons when I was in high school. I’ll never forget the joy and exhilaration of flying over Long Island Sound in a Cessna and seeing familiar landmarks reduced to miniatures.
Fighter pilots have ice in their veins. They don’t have emotions. They think, anticipate. They know that fear and other concerns cloud your mind from what’s going on and what you should be involved in.–~Buzz Aldrin
I greatly admire the skill and bravery of fighter pilots who fly in formation and do amazing aerial maneuvers. In this image, the pilots are performing in the Ann Arbor Airshow, which is spectacular.
Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.~Amelia Earhart
Some of us who are exceptionally brave, fly without an engine or a parachute! Once on a visit to London, I happened to see this young girl learning to fly at a trapeze school in Kensington Gardens. To me, this is the most courageous way to take flight!
I hope you enjoyed our time together exploring the excitement and fun of flight. Like many of us, I’m longing for the day when we can “take flight” again and travel to new and distant places. The allure of flight captivated me when I was a teenager and it still burns brightly in me after all these years.
We hope you join us this week for Tina’s fabulous “Taking Flight” challenge. Be sure to stop by her site to see her wonderful images of birds in flight in her beautiful home state of South Carolina.
Last week, I enjoyed your gorgeous and varied images of “colorful April” in your part of the world. Your images of nature in parks, the mountains, the cities, and in your backyard were beautiful. You always inspire and delight us!
Next week, we will have a special treat when our guest host, Scillagrace leads LAPC #145. Please be sure to stop by her site next Saturday at noon to see her inspiring post. In the meantime, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.