High Flight

 “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. Hov’ring 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.”

John Gillespie Magee, Jr., RCAF (1941)


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    • It was truly the light. It was nearing dusk and hubby took me out on the boat. I asked him to stalk the birds, but doesn’t quite get the idea of ‘stalk’ cruised up there quickly and it was all I could manage to take a few clicks before they were too far. This is with the 100-400mm hand held. Aren’t you proud of me?

  1. Breathtakingly beautiful, such great images!!! And the poem, forever seared in my mind and associated with The Challenger…

      • It betrays my age 🙂 and even though I’m not American, it was such a human tragedy, that one could not help being moved, especially when at the memorial Ronald Reagan read this poem…

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