Still Learning To See

Looking out the window again

As I said, I always sit by the window on flights. Why would anyone do otherwise?

Would I rather watch a movie or work on a laptop or see amazing things like these salt production flats just after taking off from San Francisco? The colors come from the salt-resistant algae that grow there. The transmission lines and shadows only add to the abstract, eery other-worldliness.

Now please lower your window shades so I can get back to that bad movie I could have rented for a dollar at the grocery store…

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2 thoughts on “Looking out the window again

  1. WOW! You’re so right–“real” life tends to keep people’s minds and ears and eyes “plugged in”. I love this quote from Annie Dillard–it’s about writing, but could just as well be about photography.

    The Commonplace Book
    “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard

    Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened, and its deeper mystery probed? Why are we reading if not in the hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so that we may feel again their majesty and power? What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered? Why does death catch us by surprise, and why love? We still and always want waking. We should amass half-dressed in long lines like tribesmen and shake gourds at each other, to wake up; instead we watch television and miss the show.”

    Your pictures are a great example of “shaking gourds” 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Many thanks for this. She has often been a beacon out in front for me. John

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