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High Flight

Posted 01-14-2010 at 12:37 PM by lilly

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 falls of air..
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor eer 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, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. He died while on a training flight at the age of nineteen. Written shortly before he crashed.

Like the Challenger tragedy. Only here in Haiti more than 100,000 have lost their lives.

Don't know why but this is stuck in my mind. Along with Haiti and the taped video on top of the mountain as the houses begin tumbling on top of each other downward and a young woman wails on the hilltop. "The world is coming to an end."

Enjoy your lives, one never knows for whom the bell tolls or when.
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    Miracle on the Hudson..Time lapse photography (David Martin of Vimeo) of the resurrection of the intact U.S. Air Plane piloted by Sully

    http://www.kontain.com/david/entries...miracle-on-the hudson/
    Posted 01-18-2010 at 12:21 PM by lilly lilly is offline
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    this part of my blogging will be devoted to flight. The sky, the wind, air, birds, etc.
    Posted 01-18-2010 at 12:25 PM by lilly lilly is offline
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    January thaw. No winter coat, just a red scarf and black beatnik turtleneck sweater and slacks. Temp about 51, and the Sky a brilliant blue, a few fleecy clouds, and after swimming at the Y, looked up and watched 38 wheeling what probably were turkey vultures. Too large for hawks, though the sun shone a ruddy amber through their wings. Don't know what they were searching for, but that is a lot of turkey vultures.

    Loads of dead deer everywhere. Will have to talk to the birding people, or the Rapter trust staff.

    Think the Sullenberger story and rescue, and recovery of the entire plane as documented above was the FEEL GOOD story of 2009.
    Posted 01-18-2010 at 05:01 PM by lilly lilly is offline
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    A thousand or more Canadian geese were spread over about 2 acreas in one of our sprawling public parks, (a former estate).

    Now I have seen a thousand crows in about 4 acreas of a plowed up pumpkin patch at a local farm, and they feasted on pumpkin seeds and flesh for a solid week. The peach trees must have benefitted from bird guano, cause they grew like Paul Bunyons in the year following, fantastic growth.

    As far as the Canadian geese, I have never seen so many, and the farms around here with cattle sometimes host hundreds at a time.

    I think it is time for some serious culling or the large black metal cut out shepherds that seem to work sometimes.

    I guess the turds will be fertilizer, and feed the lush grasses.
    Posted 02-01-2010 at 04:27 PM by lilly lilly is offline
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    Every morning first thing I see the barn swallows darting around.

    What gets me is how fast birds zoom past on their daily errands. The launch themselves forwards, and off they go. It is only on the ground that they seem at a disadvantage.

    the fields that were pumpkin fields dotted with hundreds of thousands of pumpkins a few years ago are now fields filled with peach trees. The pink blossoms have fallen off and now the trees look green. As far as the eye can see.
    Posted 05-14-2010 at 11:25 AM by lilly lilly is offline

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