Friday, February 15, 2013

Paths Crossing in the Sky...


“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
A couple Sundays ago, I arose to the most beautiful of mornings. There was a crispness in the air that gave me a sense of calmness and unexplainable tranquility. As I walked outside that morning, I glanced up in the sky to see the remains of passenger planes that had been flying by earlier.
A couple of things struck me: First, it’s still so amazing to me that there are people up there…thousands and thousands of feet up in the sky. Isn’t that incredible? Secondly, I was struck by the thought that people’s paths cross up there. Even thousands of feet up in the air, paths cross. Those brilliant white lines of smoke crossing each other illustrate that beautiful thought for me.
Every time I glance up in the sky and see one of those planes so far away that they almost look like a dot, there is one prevailing though that crosses my mind…I wonder where they’re going. It’s a thought I can’t get out of my head. Are they flying to California, Texas, or New York? Are they traveling somewhere father away like Ireland, Canada, or Hawaii?
To me, there’s something incredible about not knowing the answer to that question.
When you look up into the sky and see the wonder of flight, what are some things that cross your mind?

145 comments:

  1. I always wonder where they are going as well.
    And after watching the Russian meteor video footage this morning, I now hope a meteor doesn't hit the plane.

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  2. I wonder whether or not the people on the plane are traveling for pleasure or for a more serious reason. Somewhere along the way, I realized that not everyone who boards a plane is going on a vacation. Passengers fly for all types of reasons. I went to the Dominican Republic several years ago and while we were waiting in the terminal, I saw other people who were obviously travelers with burgeoning trash bags full of what looked like clothing. I was heading out on a spring break trip and they might have been desperate to get home, running from something here, or just heading elsewhere and had no other means of taking what they needed.

    I also think about what airplane passengers are seeing from up above. I've flown over Minnesota (they don't call it the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" for nothing!), the Rock Mountains, New York City...all with interesting views. I think the coolest time to look out the window is either at takeoff or landing, when in comparison to the rest of the flight, you're not really "that high" off the ground. You can see cars driving, stores you might be familiar with, residential streets...

    Traveling by plane has given me perspective, both in the literal and figurative sense.

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  3. Yes, I wonder where they are going too...and whether they are traveling for pleasure or business or whether they are coming home for a happy occasion (wedding perhaps) or unhappy (funeral perhaps). Alex mentioned the meteor. And now I think about the asteroid which is supposed to zoom past earth today!! What next?

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  4. Yes, it certainly is incredible. People traveling day in and day out; every one with their own story to tell.

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  5. Even in traffic, I often wonder, where is everyone going? so many people and cars...so many destinations.

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  6. Every time i look up i can't help but to look past anything man made and see the beauty of the sky itself. I can get lost in the deep blue atmosphere, and can feel the sound of the world turning. It's enticing.

    I guess that's why people would try to go further up into it.

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  7. I often wonder how many of the travelers are open to all the possibilities of their fellow travelers or simply regard them as a nuisance to be ignored as much as possible. The crossing of paths....the time I was seated in the midst of a gaggle of Buddhist nuns and monks who had just finished a walk across the US for peace. The brother and sister who were going to an Aunt's funeral, and spent the flight regaling me with stories of their childhood in a very liberal, eccentric, upperclass family in upstate NY....and so on.

    How much we miss when we ignore those crossing paths.

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  8. I see chemtrails from the silver planes but occasionally I can still spot a passenger plane through the mist of barium salts and aluminum poisons. But mostly I'm too busy crying over what they have done to this beautiful planet.

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  9. I do the same thing! I wonder if that plane is flying into SF and where those people have been! I do that on the freeway when driving - like, where are all these people going? And I wonder if my path has ever crossed their path before. I marvel at the many connections among people. Sometimes I think it would be interesting to make a list of all the people I can ever remember in my life! Would that not be something? Tell me what.....

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  10. it is pretty amazing that we can do that...defy gravity and get one place to the next....and just think that plane is full of people from all over the world...a reminder of just how small it all is as well...

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  11. When I see the sky and tiny planes flying through it's expansiveness I think of how amazing humans are. We weren't given wings to fly by evolution but somehow we adapted our skills to create the power of flight. I also think of my Dad - he taught avionics before he retired and planes make me think of his passion and his love. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I rejoice at how far we've come on a journey that, for some, is only just beginning

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  13. I love watching the sky being so alive - vapour trails and clouds are my favourite, but I can't resist turning when I hear a helicopter to see that flying overhead too.

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  14. I definitely think the same thing. I wonder who is up there and where they are going. Maybe they're traveling for business, or maybe going to visit family. There is a beauty in not knowing.

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  15. You have such a beautiful way of looking at the world.

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  16. I often think of the comedian Louis CK's bit on what an amazing time we live in that we are able to be up in the air flying with Internet access and still find something to complain about. He basically says we live in the most amazing age ever and it's being wasted on spoiled brats.

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  17. The same thoughts come in my mind , what is the destination of these planes?

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  18. I always wonder where they're going too. I also like to imagine that I am a creature on the bottom of the sea and that the planes passing overhead are sharks or other big fish closer to the surface of the water overhead. There is also a huge movement suggesting that those are government agents deliberately manipulating weather (weather warfare) which I have a hard time accepting but I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist.

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  19. I never thought about where the people are going, but I am still in amazement that people are actually flying up there-pretty cool achievement-air travel

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  20. Since I was little I LOVED airports for this reason. Everyone is headed somewhere, it's always fun to guess.

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  21. I wonder where they're going, too, and what their stories are. I never thought about them cross paths--wonderful observation and a great post!

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  22. I often look at planes with amazement too. It is indeed incredible that there are a bunch of people way up there at any given moment. Unfortunately, when I'm one of them, I'm kinda scared. Another beautiful piece of writing from you! Jo

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  23. That's a gorgeous picture.

    I live close enough to a major airport to see planes either just after they have taken off or just before they land, and I, too, have wondered about the people on board: Who are they? Where are they going? Are they looking out the window right now? What are they thinking?

    It's fun to speculate.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  24. When I look up and see an aircraft the main thing I wonder is where they're going. Sometimes I wish I could go somewhere on it, but I'm mostly just curious. Sometimes I also get very morbid and wonder if I'm about to be bombed.

    I should maybe think on that one a little more than I do.

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  25. It's wonderful! every single time I look up in the sky and saw those planes, I wonder how amazing it is, and the people inside the planes traveling. Every time I travel back to my homeland. I always felt the excitement, the thoughts that I'm gonna be back home and being with my family. I missed those times, wish to be back soon! Thanks for sharing this, Happy weekend

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  26. When birds fly... we don't give much attention... but when a plane flies above us... no matter how many times we have done this before we look up and smile..
    I always wondered why we do that...and I guess because it gives us a reason to think that what humans are capable of.. :)

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  27. It never ceases to amaze me that you can wake up where you live, and several hours later you land someplace entirely different. And the connections you can make, in the airport, or on the flight itself. Flying is an incredible thing.
    Karen

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  28. You've caused me to think of that intersection, where paths cross. Once, while my car was being repaired, I'd wandered an unfamiliar town on foot. A woman walking her dogs discovered me standing on a corner, photographing an old church. We started a conversation that must have lasted thirty minutes. I learned that she was a professional photographer and that her studio was just around the corner. A day or so later, I looked her up online. I sent her an email to thank her for some of the things she'd said in that conversation. She had made me think! When she wrote back, she told me about a children't book that describes meeting people by chance, feeling a kinship, and then moving on. The author of the book referred to such people as "little while friends." The photographer I'd met dubbed me with that title: her "little while friend."

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  29. We also consider it amazing when we notice the streaks in the sky that signify the passing of planes carrying passengers to unknown destinations! We have a tendency to keep our feet on the ground.:-)

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  30. My thoughts are very similar whenever I see planes in the sky, and at night it seems even more intriguing.

    And then I think about how heavy they are and say "What the heck is holding them up in mid-air??".

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  31. Flying is not what it used to be, more like a glorified Greyhound Bus with wings, crowded. tight seats, minimal to no service and, of course they charge for every extra! It was a lot more fun years ago.

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  32. Firstly I'm pleased no poop sickle fell on my head and killed me LOL truly has been done, at least the poop sickle part.

    And yeah always wonder where they are heading too. In a few hours one can be in a whole new world, so to speak.

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  33. I wonder whether I like or dislike seeing con trails...

    They do have their own beauty. But... Do they mess-with the beauty of the natural sky?

    I know. Not very deep, at all. Sorry. -grin-

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  34. Hi Keith! Thank you for a wonderful post!
    I am fascinated by planes. I live in the flight paths of a civilian and a military airport, so I am always watching F-16s and commercial jets. My husband driving to and from work has seen Air Force One numerous times ~ It hasn't happened for me yet.

    I do wonder where everyone is going and why. I love to think about everyone high in the sky talking, eating, working on their computers, reading, the crew pushing the carts up and down the aisle, so many things!

    But even more, I like to be in the planes! I keep looking at the wings and thinking about how they fly ~ and I never tire of looking at the geological features below. It's just amazing!

    Have a great day!

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  35. I always want to be on the plane and go somewhere, when I see some, I also like how they light up the night sky. I am close to an airport to see the planes taking off and land but not so close to get disturbed by the noise.

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  36. when i watch the jets far overhead, i'm always grateful i'm at home.

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  37. I also wonder the same. Where are they going? From where did they come? I also will look at starlight and wonder....who else is out there (logically, we can't POSSIBLY be the only ones in the universe)?
    I don't buy into that whole chemtrail conspiracy stuff. To me, it's nonsense.
    Then again, maybe my belief that it is all nonsense IS nonsense.
    Oh well. I gotta enough problems. Have you read what I did to my snowblower?
    Cool post!

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  38. We live in an area where there are a lot of nightflights going over - in summer when the windows are wide open I find the hum of the planes quite soothing and often wonder where they are going. As for the sky trails I sometimes think how on earth do the planes manage to miss one another.

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  39. I usually think...I need a vacation! And then begin daydreaming about where I would like to go. :)

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  40. You asked what was the food, on the plate, in my photo, here? ,-)

    It was a sandwich, grilled in a panini. Using my G/F bread, mayo, and thinly sliced left-over beef filet.

    When the "lines" were on one-way, I moved the sandwich so that the "Lines" would go the-other-way. Making a cute grid.

    It WAS delicious!!!

    "Auntie

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  41. I'll try that click-able link, again....

    HERE... :-)

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  42. I'm such a narcissist I wonder if the people in the plane can see my house or if they can see little ol' me on the ground waving to them like a lunatic.

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  43. During my travels to Asia I met a boy from a village that thought that all airplanes were tiny and didn't believe that a person actually flew in them. It really rocked my world to think of that...I'd just flown on one to get there so I knew the truth but explaining this to him in a way that he'd believe was rather staggering.

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  44. You, my friend, have just given me something to really think about. Thanks for that!

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  45. I too am always amazed that something that weighs over 80 tons can remain suspended in air that won't support my relatively puny poundage when jumping off a ladder. Amazing.

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  46. I wonder the same things when I watch airplanes... or ships... or trains... or buses. Heck, I even wonder about the people passing by in cars, or on bicycles or foot... all those people sharing the same space, but separated from each other, and traveling in isolated bubbles. I wonder what we might have in common, if only we took time to stop and visit.

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  47. I always imagine what famous people from history—Ben Franklin, Issac Newton, etc—would think if we could put them on a jetliner and let them look at the earth from 33,000 feet.

    And I also wonder where all these people can be going? Jet travel, thought less romantic than years ago, is still an "event" for me, and I'm fascinated that so many, many people are traveling in this manner.

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  48. Wonderful imagery you've created of the intersecting lines in the sky, giving them a deeper meaning :)

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  49. Every time I see that I have visions of myself sitting on that plane flying to British Columbia and seeing those mountains again.
    I love the way you worded this. B

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  50. I always wonder the reverse! Imagining the many thousands of feet below my feet when I'm in a plane.

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  51. To me it's all about destinations ... we all have different destinations, yet we live in the same world !!!

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  52. It depends on who is flying overhead. We live in an approach pattern for DIA, so we can usually see the planes pretty well. Honestly I don't think about where they are going. When I think about planes, I'm usually in one and I'm thinking "they pay me for this". There are so many reasons people fly. Mostly we see the business or pleasure traveler. But more often than not we don't know why someone is traveling. A couple of years ago There was a very cranky older man who was just basically nasty to us for 5 hours. I was talking to him a bit before we landed in Anchorage. Turns out his wife had just recently died and he was headed back up to Alaska where he had worked on the pipeline. Knowing that made it easier to understand his crankiness. Great post!

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  53. "Hope they don't crash" Sorry, but you asked.

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  54. What a thought - paths crossing in the sky. Even when we aren't physically up in the air we can imagine it. Gorgeous.

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  55. Great post! I often look up at the sky when planes go by. I think, "Oh, they are off to Hawaii." My second thought is always, "How exciting! I'd love to heading off with them on an adventure somewhere..."

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  56. I am glad I am not the only one who has this thought- where are they going? I will play that game with my husband. I'll make up stories like that plane is going to Texas. One of the passengers is visiting someone they haven't seen in a very long time. Usually my husband spoils it for me and says "Well, I think your wrong because it's headed in the direction of New York!" lol.

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  57. I also think about where all those people are going and why....today if I see a vapor trail I most likely will think of the asteroids....

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  58. The feeling of freedom and possibilities...

    LOVE this photo!

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  59. I wish I were going somewhere too! Although traveling is not nearly as romantic as it used to be...I really like a good road trip now!
    Have a great weekend,
    Nathalie

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  60. I love the quote and I love the thoughts you thought about the jet streams. That's what they're called, right?

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  61. you have wonderful thoughts :) always a pleasure to read!

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  62. interesting thoughts, I mostly hope they have a safe trip, as I don't like flying!

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  63. I've never flown, but I'm a little nervous to.

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  64. I always like the feeling of those times where you don't have an answer to a question because it lends me endless possibilities of why those paths cross at that certain time and it makes me recognize those moments in my own life.

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  65. This is amazing! I seem to be a pretty simple person, but I often find myself wandering to think of questions like these. It is an amazing feeling. There is so much we don't know in this world...and never will. Which is wondering why "What IF?" is so futile and yet so satisfying, perhaps simply because we know we will never know the answer. Which is why we have philosophy! :) haha

    I hope you had a happy Valentine's Day, Keith!

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  66. Great photo Keith! You know what I think when I see this? It makes me aware of how immense the universe is and that we are but a speck. Very humbling indeed but also powerful at the same time.

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  67. I love your writing...such a thought provoker! I live in the Panhandle of Texas and so I can see those streaks across my sky for miles and miles and I wonder the same thing...where oh where are they going? Las Vegas for fun? A sad funeral?

    My daughter used to fly for Southwest and later in her career from Florida to LA...she told me once her captain brought her up to the cockpit and said..."look down...that's your Spearman" I wonder the opposite too when flying...what are all those people doing in those little bitty towns I'm flying over?

    great post as usual!

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  68. I have often thought the same thing... looking up into the spring and summer sky... I see it the most then. Your a really great writer... I so enjoy reading your blog.

    Launna ;)

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  69. Followed you here from G-Man's. First off, I love the Nietzsche quote and knew I was in a good place. When I look up in the sky and see jet trails following the curvature of the earth,I wish I was flying across the ocean to someplace new.

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  70. I drive my preschool to my parent's house 3 days a week early in the morning. The sun is usually just coming up. We talk about colors for 15 minutes. The sky just has so many at that time of day. Sometimes we see jet streams. It's pretty cool.

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  71. I too wonder where they could be going. To explore new places or visit friends and family. So many possibilities.

    It looks like a giant tic tac toe game waiting to be played. : )

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  72. When I look up into the sky, I see endless possibilities, countless pathways and infinite linear equations created by trace gases, carbon dioxide and water. It is interesting to think about the different journeys and individuals that travel these paths. They are make great fodder for stories. :D

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  73. Great reflexion!

    "The meaning of life is to give life a meaning..." This is so true! I broke my head for a long time thinking until I finally realized that!

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  74. I have never thought about paths crossing in the sky... Now that's what I'm going to be thinking. I always wonder how many people are freaking out (because I hate flying) and where they are going and what they are going to do. If they are happy or sad. If it's vacation or just business.

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  75. When you look up into the sky I think about what I like my life to be... my dreams.

    Thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot!
    I am also following you on Twitter :)

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  76. i really like that quote, and those were some lovely thoughts! x

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  77. Oh, Nietzsche, gotta love the way he thought. I like to think that the people up there are embarking on grand adventures. Though, a little part of me aches at the memories that I had been on. But, then they bring a smile to my face and I look forward to more adventures. Thank you for these thought-provoking posts, Keith :).

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  78. Gosh, I don't think about the people on the planes, but I do marvel at flight.

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  79. Every time I look up and see things fly I feel awe. Yes. I. Do.

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  80. I wonder where they are going. I love watching how the trails behind them reflect of the sun and how they seem to be flying straight up into the sky

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  81. Hello Keith,

    I might say this posting was over my head. Where they go, those planes in the sky, brings thoughts to me with a wishful eye.

    I've noticed a similarity in a few of your postings that echo my thoughts. I think that's a most positive outcome.

    You have a good weekend, Keith.

    I'm going out to check the DA14 asteroid. Magical and wondrous...

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  82. Can I offer a re-write of Nietzsche's quote? :) I was just reflecting on it s'more.

    "The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who DO NOT fly."

    Everyone is capable of soaring, figuratively--professionally, personally, in love, in art, as a caretaker, as a teacher, etc. That being said, some people just choose not to do it. Their feet & minds never leave the ground. Those among us that desire to soar above our original "assignments," the smaller, and farther away we appear to those who choose not to take flight. And they're missing out on one hell of a view.

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  83. When I see vapor jet trails, I often think how happy I'm not on that plane!
    Ha! Flying is not one of my favorite things. I will if I have to. But, I'd prefer taking a train or driving.

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  84. Just how small we really are! Amazingly small! I really enjoy your blog... very "down to earth" making "sense talk".
    Sir Thomas....Have a great weekend, Keith!

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  85. Kissing your cat does count for Valentine's Day! We have 3 cats. Skip, Bear, and the Dubs!

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  86. It's good that you had that sense of calmness and tranquility. I love Nietzche's quote. Have you read Antoine Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince"? He was an existentialist.

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  87. I wonder where they are going as well and I have always wished I could somehow get on that plane too. I love to travel so when I see a plane I feel a bit jealous.

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  88. I remember after 9/11 the flight banned lifted and all of the sudden I was hearing planes in the air again - I didn't realize how quiet it had been when the planes had been grounded for a week -- now every time I see a plane, I say a little prayer that wherever it is going, they get there safely :)

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  89. I'm relieved that you have the same sort of wondering thoughts that I do about who the people are, what they're going to do, where they're going... So many busy lives. When they look out of the plane window, do they see me? Do they wonder about the lives going on below? Do they hope that someone remembers they were there?

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  90. I always think "I bet we all look like ants."

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  91. I have the same thoughts, too, Keith! We have military transport planes that fly over the mountains on their way to the base and I always think of those weary troops finally coming home. If I am out on the deck I always wave frantically . I need to make a big sign that says, 'Thank you' and hold it up! I think I will. Have a great weekend! xoxo

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  92. Obviously I had come across your thoughts and many a time at night I confuse with flight light and stars. Only the motions divide. Here we sight only one line at a time that too rarely!

    Wonderful define on the moments.

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  93. Nice picture - skies are full of wonder.

    If you are interested, you get a great view of the connection between North and South Bruny in Google Earth.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: I have fiddled with my blog template to make the images bigger - let me know if you think its an improvement!

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  94. Yup, three cheers for not knowing all the answers. If ever we do something essential will have been lost -- but, of course, we won't!

    Great post.

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  95. to me it's not so much seeing as hearing, I don't understand but when I hear an airplane or the far away sound of a train it soothes me, it makes me happy, it calms me and I know I'll be ok! I haven't heard either in a long time....

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  96. The photo is amazing Keith, and I oft wonder what their story is, why they are on that plane and what they are feeling.

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  97. Thoughts. They define us right. You are one of those amazingly positive people, the range of who's energy is more wide spread than anything else.

    When I look up in the sky at some flights I think about how happy it is to be with the ones we love. Journeys make me happy. 'cause I travel with the people I love!
    Hope your story is happy too :)

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  98. I wonder the same thing! Are they traveling for pleasure, business? Alone or with family? Is it their first flight? I send up a quick prayer that they have a safe flight. I still find it simply amazing.

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  99. When I can I wave at them :)

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  100. I love to lay out on a blanket in my yard in the Summer and gaze upward. I still try to make resemblances out of the clouds like I did as a kid. I have wondered many times about the planes over head; who is in them and where they are traveling. Air travel is a marvel. Last Spring I traveled in a C-135 Stratotanker and they kept filling it with pallets of military wares, just a miracle to know that much weight can be lifted 35,000 feet in the air.

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  101. I miss America having a space program.

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  102. wonderful impressions i get from this---i can feel the crispness :)

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  103. I think about the same sort of things when I am in a long line of people - I wonder what they are doing after we get out of this post office line, etc. As far as the flight thing - I totally love Louis CK's take on all the people complaining about air-travel - 'I had to sit on the runway for 40 minutes.' Oh my god, really? What happened then, did you fly through the air like a bird, incredibly? Did you soar into the clouds, impossibly? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight and then land softly on giant tires that you couldn't even conceive how they f**king put air in them?...You're sitting in a chair in the sky. You're like a Greek myth right now.

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  104. Hi Keith, sorry I was absent for a while and thank you for your comments. I haven't joined Twitter yet. I look forward to reading your recent posts. x

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  105. I have often wondered this, wishing I could be on the plane too! :) Travel is calling me! :)

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  106. I am such an "anywhere but here" person so I have to struggle not to be always getting on the next plane. But I need to soar more in what I am trying to achieve career wise and not be such a whiney wimp.

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  107. Lovely sky shot! I am wishing I could join them in their travels. Happy Weekend!

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  108. I think the same. I wonder where they are going. To me it's amazing that there are so many people in one airplane, going who knows where!

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  109. Actually, I usually don't give it any thought. Maybe I need to slow down and notice the world around me.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  110. When I was a kid the sky was one of my favorite places to dwell. I remember parking it right in the grass and watching clouds, planes, birds, etc. for the longest of times.

    Now that I'm grown, I don't give it a second thought on most days. Pity that... I know I'm missing out.

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  111. Hello Keith

    A thought provoking post. Growing up in the West of Ireland, as children we often watched the planes flying over our house, as we were in a flight path close to Shannon airport. My mother always got us to yell at each plane "Bring me a suit of clothes". Our Aunt living in New York used mail packages of clothing and candy.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and I look forward to future visits. I am your new follower.

    Helen

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  112. So many comments for you already, you'll probably not even read mine, but nontheless ... I see you returned to the subject of flying ... the wonder of flying, that is ... now I know why I hate flying ... it is because I don't believe in wonder (as in miracle as in magic as in believing) ...

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  113. I wonder where they are going too. I also wonder what my little part of the world looks like to them.

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  114. I always kind of wish I was going somewhere too.

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  115. Nice thoughts, lovely photo!

    As for the question, sometimes I wonder how much those planes are polluting. Other times I say a little prayer for the safety of the passengers.

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  116. i love when you can capture the remains of the planes like this, just saw it earlier today, but they were side by side...crossed, well, that is when i find the time to do my priorities and not having it be overwhelming but they all "cross" nicely!

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  117. I am usually glad I'm not on the plane as I hate the actual process of flying! the stuffiness, cramped condition, etc. yuk.

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  118. Looking at a flying plane almost like a dot in the sky makes me jealous.. it's full of people capable of travelling ang paying ticket for a plane seat.

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  119. Well I wish I was flying up there too, going to an exotic place or a city I have never been ~ Happy Sunday to you ~

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  120. I have to admit, as an environmentalist one of the main things I think when I look up and see all the planes is - all that pollution!

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  121. I love look sky the other day I was looking at night and I was impressed with all the stars, what are all these beautiful stars? I dont know but look amazing!... and all in silence (I live in the country side)
    have a nice sunday

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  122. I love the paths across the sky!! I love to fly and to travel, but unable to do much these days! Wonderful post, photo and thoughts and thanks for sharing! I appreciate your visit to my blog, thank you!

    Sylvia

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  123. i think of the cool patterns that zig-zag. the lines created that take your eyes from here to there. the white contrast to the brilliant blues of mid-day or the indigo and pinks of the sunset. namaste.

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  124. how do you inspire us with every thoight provoking post?

    shared ponderings and i hope we all make it safely to our destinations!

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  125. I loved your post and one of the reasons was that I went out for a run today and the sun was out. The sky was a metallic blue. I loved running on a sunny Sunday afternoon (especially if I come back to a Sunday roast cooked by my wife! :-D). Thanks. That was a beautiful post.

    Greetings from London.

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  126. Wow....
    I think of how far humankind has come...Both good and bad. How far we have yet to travel. How far we must still go. {learning, wisdom...}
    Thank you for inspiring me to think tonight and for the comment on my post.
    xo

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  127. Make it to your destination safely... (That's what I always think). :)

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  128. I think of all those people, sitting in their chairs, a little cramped (and crampy!), trying to pass the time as effectively as they can, while a metallic tube transports them through cloudy caves and blinding brightness, to their desired destination. That, and sometimes images of overworked pterodactyls flying Flintstones and friends to faraway places, where Fred always 'landed' himself in hot water! (haha):)

    Poppy

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  129. this is quite profound. Really like the depth in this post a lot. I'm almost embarrassed that I've never really pondered the sky too often, that is, outside the typical thoughts on how today's weather might be. Definitely will be something I pay more credence to in the future. Thanks

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  130. I think about the ones I know from other countries...other parts of the World, each one with its own time diference...
    We all share the same sky, sun and the moon, and the stars... :)

    Take care :)

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  131. I always wonder where they are going too. I always imagine that they're headed to one of the countries that I'd like to travel to at that moment.

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  132. That's so beautifully put. I always look up to the sky as it gets me thinking about a lot of things. I wonder about the lives of the people above the clouds and wonder if they are wondering about us down here at that particular moment. We are all connected, so I wouldn't be surprised. Wonderfully poetic post!

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  133. Have you seen the movie "Flight"? It's more about addiction, but the beginning is an incredible example of the awe of flight.

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  134. rad. i seriously always wonder where everyone is going. everyone has a story and i'm nosy.

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  135. I LOVE looking up and seeing jets and prop planes, and those contrails/vapor trails left behind the jets! I always referred to them as "airplane smoke" until someone laughed at my wording and set me straight! I've taken photos of the criss-crossings, too. I also wonder where the passengers are going, and whether it's a happy or sad reason. I've definitely flown in both situations. Many times I look up and think, "I sure wish I was on a plane going somewhere right now!" Even though I've very happy and content with my life and where I live, etc., it's always great to get away.
    I'm so glad I found your blog at I Think Therefore I Yam!

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