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Riding the thermals…..Watching these birds gliding and soaring to great heights reminds me of one of my favorite poems, “High Flight” by the youthful, John Gillespie Magee, Jr. He was an American pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War, and died at the age of 19 during a training flight in Britain. And while the poem is about a pilot and his aircraft, the soaring birds shown here reminded me of what it might be like to share the cock-pit alongside Magee when he was inspired to pen these lines -

“High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered
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 wind-swept 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.”


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  • Lena Weiss
    Lena Weissabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Laurie!

  • marella
    marellaabout 4 years ago

    I LOVE this!!

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 4 years ago

    fantastic piece

  • sarahspictures
    sarahspicturesabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous image – love the silhouettes against the clouds – great tones

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Great title for a fabulous image.

  • C. Michael Cox
    C. Michael Coxalmost 4 years ago

    Please submit to our weekly features challenge.

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you very, very much, Arlane!! :))

    – Laurie Minor

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    2013/06/01 one per 24hrs

  • Glad to share Magaret! :)

    – Laurie Minor

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