I think we all have a fascination with flight. We dream about it. We study birds, build aircrafts and ride rollercoasters and other rides just to experience the sensation of flight. Wealthy people spend a lot of money to go up into space to experience free fall and hell people even jump out of plane to skydive and jump off of cliffs to experience the sensation of flight.
Looking through my images I realize as a photographer I have long been fascinated with the concept of flight. Here are a few of my favorite images on the subject.
As we travel along the Gulf coast of Florida we have seen a lot of Osprey. However, I still have not seen one in flight. I think they might be a big fraud and just sit there all the time. A woman at a nature center showed me pictures of Osprey and they were all sitting.
Maybe when I was younger I would have tried this. Now you couldn’t pay me enough to do it. In addition to these kind of tow by boat gliding experiences you can also see real parasailers floating high in the clouds with the birds.
It is around this time of year that I get desperate for Spring and begin to look for signs of Spring returning to the mountains. Last week I saw and heard a Pileated Woodpecker. They don’t leave for long and are usually the first birds back to the area. Soon the winter birds will start to leave and fly north. Then the Robins will return. All these birds can fool you however, they can all handle a little cold and snow. You know its really spring when you see the hummingbirds and I can’t wait for their return. You can buy prints of these images and see others by clicking here.