Thursday, October 1, 2009

leaving on a jet plane

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Mary Oliver (b. 1935) poet, from Wild Geese

Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) poet, novelist and dramatist

Look alive. Here comes a buzzard.

Lady Stella Isaacs (1894-1971) founder of WVS

The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) novelist and philosopher

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
Aristotle (384 BCE-322 BCE) philosopher

It was my thirtieth year to heaven
Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood
And the mussel pooled and the heron
Priested shore.
Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) poet, from Poem in October

Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly.
Richard Bach (b. 1936) writer

A bird maintains itself in the air by imperceptible balancing, when near to the mountains or lofty ocean crags; it does this by means of the curves of the winds which as they strike against these projections, being forced to preserve their first impetus bend their straight course towards the sky with divers revolutions, at the beginning of which the birds come to a stop with their wings open, receiving underneath themselves the continual buffetings of the reflex courses of the winds.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) polymath

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us

Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) writer
notes on photos:
  1. migrating geese, oberlin, october 2008
  2. snapped while feeding peanuts to the seagulls, oregon coast, photo transferred from film
  3. buzzard flying overhead, lakewood, july 2009
  4. I have heard that the flight of hummingbirds is a scientific mystery. hummers at the feeder at my cousin carla's home july 2009
  5. ceiling mural at the paris opéra, october 2005
  6. great blue heron taking flight, sarah p. duke gardens, north carolina 2006
  7. my dad decked out in his flight jacket, lofty pa, date unknown (late 1940s)
  8. seagulls flying over lake erie, living on the banks of a great lake gives one the illusion of living on a coast, one of the nicknames for cleveland is the north coast, june 2009
  9. snapped while leaving on a jet plane
this post is dedicated to mary travers who took flight from this mortal coil on the 16th of september after a four year battle with leukemia.


Ronda Laveen said...

Loved the photo of your dad in is flight jacket. Wow!

Was the Richard Bach quote from "One?"

Colette Amelia said...

wow you are really soaring for this one! You got some stellar shots...those birds in flight are tough to get. That seagull is mesmerizing!

and of course I loved the quotes!

Kris said...

I do like that seagull very, very much.

Alan Burnett said...

As always, a stunning collection of words, images and music. Happy TT

Baino said...

Your hummingbird has stolen my heart. They're the cutest, sweetest, frenetic things I know. And to have a shot like that of your dad . . priceless. The seagull shot is all the more wonderful because it was shot on film. Amazing. I thought you'd photoshopped it.

California Girl said...

really appropriate, fantastic images, thoughtful dedication and I love the photo of your father. I considered doing some of my dad who was in the Army Air Corp, now USAF, during WWII but I ran out of time. your posts are always thoughtful. have you or are you doing a book? you should.

willow said...

I loved the handsome photo of your dad.

Roy said...

Nice collection of shots once again, Kim. A really excellent capture of the seagull in mid-flap. And an excellent choice of music. Yup, Mary's flying free these days.

e said...

These photos were stunning and I love your dedication to Mary Travers. We used one of the same quotes...

Betsy said...

Love the the photo of your dad!

Brian Miller said...

i love to watch hummingbirds dancing around our pear tree...the pic of your dad is touching as well...the smiles quote grabbed me today.

mum said...

Gorgeous, all of it. But my vote has to go to Lady Stella Isaacs because she cracked me up. I also liked the gecko & the fly at the end of the Mary Travers song. I thought a chuckle was a nice way to say goodbye and thanks to the woman, no?

cheers to you, kimy.

Angella Lister said...

Jonathan Livingston Seagull! Some people thought it was corny, but there were a lot of life lessons in that little story.

Is that your dad in the flight jacket? Love the photo!

Anonymous said...

GAH! I can't pick any one so I pick them all!( Subby b.1967 )

kimy, fantastically well done! I too have seen the Blue Heron fly( alas, no snaps )And great tune (tho' Mary is sorely missed )Happy TT :)

Wings said...

Wonderful pics, wonderful quotes. My favorite:

Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. Victor Hugo

Steve said...

Ah, Mary Travers. Her voice was unique and she will be greatly missed.

Your post reminds me of these Joni Mitchell lyrics:

See the geese in chevron flight flapping and a-racing on before the snow
They've got the urge for going, and they've got the wings so they can go

ArtSparker said...

The observant seagull is amazing - I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.

Tom said...

the gulls always make me think of the ocean...or of the walmart parking lot...

recently i was told that song was written be J.Denver...sounds an awful lot like his style...

rosedale's 4head said...

the hummingbird is so close to home. it was my daughter's favorite! lovely, interesting, moving post - as always....

Candie Bracci said...

Really nice!

jude said...

and here we all sit on the runway.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Hi Kimy,
The seagull looks as though you've got his attention with more than a peanut. Love the Victor.
Thanks for posting for Mary, and her crystal voice. She was a big part of my musical-folk growing up. I do believe now whenever I hear her voice, (as J Lennon) I'll cry. -J

lettuce said...

I thought you'd have some fabulous photos of bird in flight, and am happy not to be disappointed!

lovely lovely images

Megan said...

I couldn't listen to the song, I knew it would make me so sad.

That is one spooky ceiling.

Meri said...

Love this post. I could articulate reasons, but they wouldn't exactly explain the welling of emotion that occurred. Blessings.