John & Anne Wiley

2011/06/22

Perspectives

I’d never heard of noodling until we chanced upon a recent broadcast of the docu “Okie Noodling” on PBS. So as we climbed out of Oklahoma City on our grand MeriTimes Adventure, my perspective on this scene was changed.

7102 Noodling Notion

7102 Noodling Notion

In addition to the beauty and intrigue of this scene, my perspective now included imagining people splashing around in that water. I doubt the prospect of fish dinner would move me to stick my arm into a dark underwater lair and then into the mouth of a giant catfish. I’m quite content to imagine that from half a mile above. Speaking of imagination…

7115 Space Warp

7115 Space Warp

I imagine a passageway through time/space when looking at this pic of sandy riverbed next to a small park. On the ground it’s just a playground and ball fields but from this perspective it can create quite a different effect. I don’t recall having shared this ground perspective of Tripp’s wing at our Arkansas stop.

7128 Crystal Decatur, IL

7128 Crystal Decatur, AR

Great place for a fly-in, with riverside park right adjacent to the excellent paved runway. Hills across the water with ancient rock walls in places to add a timeless quality. Rows of hangars housing fascinating mementos of the airport and area’s history. Before passing the famous arch, we got a new perspective of St. Louis that seems to go back to the previous century.

7176 St. Louis Stroll

7176 St. Louis Stroll

I can imagine 1900s couples strolling between those bandstands hearing ragtime and Sousa on a sunny afternoon. Last from this flight is a thoughtful perspective on Springfield, IL. I can see the cheering crowd there for Obama’s speech, and Abe stumping there before him. If you click to see the largest version of this pic, you can make out the old red-domed capitol building at the left inside a circular sidewalk.

7208 Downtown Springfield, IL

7208 Downtown Springfield, IL

Not long after this pic we were in a hotel admiring both the old and new capitol buildings from yet another perspective.

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