Sunday, April 1, 2012

Airplanes and Anticipation

For the month of April during the A-Z Challenge I have decided to break from my usual blogging theme of writing and social media tips. I will instead take you on a photographic journey. This journey may inspire you for interesting settings in your stories, it may help you capture a mood, or it might just offer nothing more than some cool pics. Much of it is inspired by the fabulous and helpful site, The Bookshelf Muse. Please check it out and enjoy.

An air traffic control tower at Sydney's
Kingsford Smith Airport
There is something exciting about flight. It's more than just a means of transport. Flight can both thrill and terrify.

For starters, the ability is an amazing achievement. Some have said that if we weren't given wings then we shouldn't fly. Why should that stop us? When we set our minds to a task, it's astounding what we can do.

The anticipation of flight:
Sweaty hands, the thrill of going to a new destination, a fast beating heart, fidgeting, flipping through the magazines, chewing on a lip, glancing out the wind, a flutter in the stomach. For many more great examples of anticipation go HERE.

For great tips and descriptions of what it’s like to fly including sights, sounds, smells go to the Bookshelf Muse HERE.

I took this photo for the way the fumes from the jet engines rippled the air.
A private jet landing

Do you like to fly? What's your favourite form of transport? 

Note: All the photos you see were taken by me.

 

47 comments:

  1. Your A to Z theme sounds wonderful. I am sure the pictures will inspire us .

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  2. Favourite form of transport? Hmm. Even though I travel a lot it definitely isn't planes as I always travel cattle class so I can save money for when my feet hit the ground! I guess my favourite form of transport is the TGV, fast trains across France. Hmm, heading from Paris to Toulouse. Pretty fine. I only wish our government did something useful like that so we could be zipping between Brisbane and Sydney and seeing some landscape instead of peering out the window at 37,000 feet!

    Great post and idea for the A-Z.

    Denise

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  3. I love flying, especially the anticipation of takeoff. Even on long 5 hour flights I enjoy the prospect of country hopping wile thousands of feet above.

    Jamie Gibbs
    Mithril Wisdom

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  4. I've flown A LOT in my life and I still get a bit of an adrenaline rush. I just blows me away that tons of metal can stay up in the air and take from point A to point B.

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  6. I like that theme, Lynda!
    My father flew planes in the military. Ironically, I really don't like to fly.

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  7. Flying scares me! I feel all those things you listed. It's an amazing thing but still, it freaks me out!

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  8. Hi Lynda! Great theme! Flying... eh, I'm OK for the most part. Taking off and landing makes me a little nervous. Now, my BFF, she is terrified. Go figure, she's off to Europe in a month or so. I just pray she makes it without killing a flight attendant.

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  9. I don't fly easily and think it's the most abnormal thing ever - only cos I'm feeble and get travel sick! OH but I wouldn't say no to an air balloon flight thingy with champers on board! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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    1. champers is a must for hot air balloon travel :)

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  10. I don't take to flying kindly as I get travel sick so easily but I wouldn't say no to a hot air balloon trip so long as there's champers on board! Yay! Take care
    x

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  11. Great theme! I love flying b/c it is so much faster than driving. I like to look at the patchwork of quilt squares that wheat fields and farms make up as I leave or return to Oklahoma. It says "home" to me like nothing else ever could.

    Checking in on the challenge. SabrinaAFish

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  12. Sounds like a great theme. I have flown a few times. The first time was when I was in 5th grade. Went to Washington D.C. Now as an adult, I don't like flying anymore. I guess my favorite mode of transportation would be traveling by car.

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

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  13. I love flying. I love being up in the air and wish I could fly without needing mechanical help. I love the excitement of the journey and of new destinations. Though next week I get to to take two toddlers on an airplane by myself. We'll see if I still like flying afterwards.

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  14. I hate flying. It triggers my anxiety and crushes my sinuses. NOT a good combination. lol

    My favorite form of transport is my imagination. And cooking. :)

    Marian Allen
    Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

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    1. Oh yes! The imagination is the best AND safest form of transport.

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  15. I do not like to fly, but the last time I did there was really a lot of turbulance. I had tears in my eyes until two preschoolers who had never flown before and didn't know something was wrong started shouting "Weeee!" and "Woooo!" with every bump. Then I couldn't stop laughing.

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  16. would you believe that I've never flown so far?

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    1. when you say 'so far', what does that mean? I once jumped off the garage... and flew for maybe a foot before I crash landed on the lawn ;)

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    2. so far, like by now, till now :) not the distance :)
      Hope the lawn was OK after your attack :)

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  17. I do love to fly...it's always an adventure to be up in the sky. I never tire of it.

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  18. Anything inspired by The Bookshelf Muse has my vote :-)
    I don't mind flying, but I hate takeoff and landing. I think it's a wonderful invention though.

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  19. I have flown all of my life and I typically enjoy it. This month, though, I will be flying over the ocean for the first time and am an eensy bit jittery at the prospect.

    Really looking forward to reading about these new topics from you, Lynnie.

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  20. What a great way to A-Z! And a fabulous way to start. We didn't have much money growing up, so my first plane ride was on my honeymoon. I've loved flying ever since ;).

    Thanks for sharing, and for the awesome Bookshelf Muse shout out. Who knew it would inspire an aviation post??

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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    1. My first plane flight was in my dad's flimsy light aircraft. Landing on a beach rather than a runway is scary!

      Thanks so much for offering the great inspiration!

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  21. I'm not keen on long flights or big and little planes but bizarrely I love helicopter rides! My favourite transport is a train - here in NZ they're so slow. When I was in China I caught one of those MagLev things - over 200kph! Crazy. I'd prefer something middle of the road.

    Love your photos. :)

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  22. great theme and great photos!

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  23. I do like to fly. I like travel. I like it that all I need to do is check in on time and know where to board the plane. The "driving" is up to someone else. Yes, it is a bit crowded, but it is also exciting up above the clouds, and a really fast way to get from one place to another.

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  24. I dont like sitting for long, tho I like the idea of flying... I get board, perhaps I need a longer battery life on my laptop so I can write while in the air.

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  25. Lynda, the break from writing and a switch to photob logging for April will be music to my ears. I will follow intently as you have a photographers eye.
    All the best on the challenge
    you AtoZ buddy
    Shaun
    Valleys ShutterBug

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  26. Airplanes scare me. I can't believe those big heavy things can actually fly! But I do appreciate they take me to far off places on earth in a shorter time than any other form of transportation.

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  27. Ready to blast off with you, Lynda. I don't think I've every included anything detailed about a flight in any of my books. Definitely something to think about.

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  28. I LOVE to fly! I remember my first experience at four. My mother, sister, and me took Delta to Florida. WHile in the air, the flight attendant brought us a huge cinnamon bun and orange juice on a big rectangular plate.

    Not to mention, I was fascinated with the beautiful flight attendants. I even considered becoming one when I turned 18 but I became a hairdresser.

    Oh and I'm doing the A to Z Challenge at my other blog http://secondhandshoesnovel.blogspot.com/

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  29. I love the theme! Great use of images. :)

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  30. I haven't flown that I can remember (when I was adopted at 16 months, I flew over from China to the USA), but from what I've heard about it, flying would be an interesting experience. :)


    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

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  31. Great theme! I don't mind flying, but I prefer driving. I love sitting back and looking at the scenery.

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  32. not crazy about the journey, more of a destination gal, but great theme!

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  33. I hated flying as a kid, but now I enjoy it. I'm glad I outgrew that. I tend to get the window seat to watch what's below me.

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  34. I really am not a fan of flying, even though I'm about to fly in 2 days... gets me all nervous and for the entire trip I can't fully relax. Hmm favourite form of transport - bike..:)

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  35. I like the ease of flying (after I settle in the gate post security checks, etc.). Hubby doesn't like to fly — at all.

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  36. I hate flying - I get a tight throat just reading about airports! I have all sorts of schemes to convince my family the 16 hr drive will be so much more fun than the 1.5 hr flight. Sometimes I have to fly and I tend to eat loads of minties so I can keep myself busy unwrapping them and the tearing the wrappers in long strips. An airport would be a scary setting (except in Die Hard 2 - where it's just pathetic).

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    1. minties are great for that! And tearing the wrappers is a must hehehe

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  37. I've flown so many times and yet I still get a teeny bit excited that one second right before the plane officially takes off.

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  38. I have flown all over the world, but I still am anxious in flight. Maybe it's connected to my fear of heights. Getting to my destination quickly outweighs my fears! I do enjoy ships, and traveling by car and rail as well.

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  39. I enjoy flying less since all the security mumbo jumbo and the shrinking of seats. I probably like driving best.

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  40. Just seeing an air plane in the air never ceases to amaze me, Lynda! In my opinion it is the most incredible invention of mankind - that and the spaceship.

    I sometimes sit out and just watch airplanes fill the skies at night; there are so many of them flying around and they appear to be in such close proximity to one another.

    I often go to the airport just to watch them land. - its amazing to see something so huge right in front of your eyes wiz right by you!

    Flying is a challenge - since there's no way out if you change your mind.

    I think trains are my favorite form of transportation! You're not doing the driving so you can sit back and simply enjoy the scenery!


    Thanks for the photos! Great shots!1


    http://bettyalark.blogspot.com

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