Pilot John Gillespie Magee, Jr. wrote this sonnet three months before he was killed at age 19, when his Spitfire collided with another plane on 11 December 1941.
Today when I was flying home from Panama City Florida to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (via Baltimore), I remembered we had to memorize and recite this poem in Mrs. Stewart’s Sixth Grade at Morris Plains Borough School 1963.
True, I wasn’t the pilot but man’s ability to fly is astounding to me.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
First image shot with iPhone The rest shot with a Canon 50D
It was a great day to fly.
Above the fruited plain……..
Waited to capture the red light as it flashed on the plane wing. Took a few tries-
As I looked out the window, I thought a lot about a cool book my sister gave to the kids about Bernoulli’s PrincipleBernoulli’s principle
Aerodynamics is amazing to me.
Saturday morning we went out to the Columbus airport to meet Mark’s college friend Bob. ( Marquette U) Bob is a Lt Commander and trains jet pilots. He’d invited us out to see him and check out the training jet. The kids loved that!
When we were leaving, and the family walked by another parked jet, I photographed their reflection.
Photographed by Anna (9+) with the iPhone. When I am staying with the family ( since I am out of school for the summer), I get help documenting-
“for the blog”.
You might remember Anna found the pick up truck full of mannequin legs last winter and captured the scene with her mom’s iPhone.
I like that she changed up her angle on the second shot and found the unfortunate figure beneath the plane at the bottom of the sink
This week’s challenge was something to think about on my trip from Pittsburgh to Columbus Friday afternoon. Sorting through images I had in the archives. (in my mind, obviously) Nothing jumped out. And then-
an opportunity presented itself, right in front of me. Standstill traffic. On Route 70 West, Friday afternoon.
A 3 1/2 hour trip took almost SIX hours to drive today due to congestion from road work and merging to a single lane and perhaps a bad accident that was cleaned up by the time I got to the site.
I saw police and emergency vehicles driving the other direction with lights and sirens.
A truck reflected the sky AND an old fashioned airplane is in the left door panel. It looks like a bird. The sky seemed to merge with the reflection in the shiny truck. Nature and machine-made merge. I waited to merge to the left single lane. Other interpretations of merge are here
Taken Sunday 10-10-10 Through the airplane window, flying fast. One quick shot. Can you find any recognizable landmarks? Wish I could have a “do-over”- try again.
Flight from Spokane to Minneapolis- ready to be stowed under the seat in front of her to prepare for takeoff. I met my traveling companions. Turns out Delta Airlines is Pet Friendly. Must weigh under seventeen pounds, though. A first for me (to see a dog on a plane) seems Tasha Nicole is a seasoned flier. Very well behaved I will add. Not a sound, she slept the whole way unlike the kids in the row across the aisle and up one! Oh my. And Sunday August 15th is TN’s 9th birthday, too.
I asked permission to photograph and blog and her gracious owner agreed.
I heard about a book on the radio last year, One Nation Under Dog by Michael Schaffer. When I was growing up I remember some dogs lived outside in a doghouse.