for your inspiration – from the air

June 9, 2014


I know most people hate air travel. It isn’t like it used to be for sure.  My mother in law was a flight attendant back when they wore heels and white gloves and a prescribed lipstick color and had pat down checks to make sure you were wearing a girdle – even if you were an ultra petite size nothing. No jiggling allowed apparently.


I wouldn’t really know how it used to be because it used to be unaffordable for the majority of people.  Now most of us can afford to fly and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s still a miracle that we can get from coast to coast in one day.


I know it might be a hassle, but personally, I can keep myself happy forever in an airport or on a plane. Nobody is needing me to do stuff. I’m not fighting about getting homework done. I’m not driving endless hours dropping kids off and picking them up and grocery shopping and making dinner for people who won’t eat it. Frankly, it’s sheer luxury for me to sit and read a book or listen to one while I do handwork.

And then there are flights like this one. Perfectly ordinary but if you look out the window you see miraculous things. I flew over the most beautiful farm country. I watch as the geometry of the flat lands became more and more abstracted as the rivers and hills interrupted the long straightaways of endless roads.

from_the_air4Three hours flew by as I gazed out the window and snapped shot after shot then madly filtered them on my iPad (mostly Snapseed again) until the blended beige filter of the airplane’s window lens came close to matching what I was seeing in my minds eye. This is a beautiful place!


  • Reply
    Jeanne Marklin
    June 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

    The photos are great inspiration for lines. Cul de sacs look so different from up in the air!
    I also treasure the time I have in airports, and my kids are grown up. But it’s time I can choose to do whatever I want, and like you, I always have some handwork, music or audio book, and an IPad to play a game, read a book, use the Brush app – oh, the possibilities!

  • Reply
    June 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Beautiful photos! I’m not a big fan of flying because I usually end up sick (ugh!) but I can really appreciate down time in airports. Thanks so much for the lovely inspiration!

  • Reply
    Kelly Wilson
    June 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Nice photos! I’ve found that people that are bored when alone aren’t very interesting people. Travel time can be nice and relaxing because no one can reach you EVERY single minute (no phones on planes!!!). : )

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