“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)
Gorgeous photos to go along with those wonderful words
Thank you so much Barb ! BTW – love, love, love your new logo. Well..its new to me at least. Congratulations!
Gloriously beautiful photo and your words..like poetry in the air with it 🙂
You are so sweet Andy! Thank you so much ! I loved the poem by this aviator. Can you imagine flying high in the air?
Always wanted to try it for sure! 🙂
I have a girlfriend that does acrobat flying – talk about a crazy person. She also makes space suits for a living. 🙂
Wait you mean stand on the plane as it does loopty loops?? :O
Oh no..she flies the plane that does loopty loops. How crazy is that?
Crazy doesn’t begin to describe it! wow :O
Two great captures Em 😊.
Thank you so much Mark ! I was pretty thrilled with these.
These are magnificent! You either caught the light exactly right or something, I’m very jealous now.
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?
Thanks Mary ! Hope all is going well with you!!
Super images, stirring and classic poetry.
Thank you so much ! I loved this poem, it really makes me feel like a flight pilot.
Breathtakingly beautiful, such great images!!! And the poem, forever seared in my mind and associated with The Challenger…
Thank you for sharing that about the Challenger. I didn’t know they associated this poem with it. It truly is a moving poem.
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…
Amazing shots, Emily, and the perfect poem to accompany them. 🙂
You are truly too kind my dear ! Amazing how fabulous photos get when you have beautiful light.