John & Anne Wiley

2012/07/04

Terra Stories

Flying a quarter mile above terra firma, stories emerge from the landscape. There’s a different sort of intimacy with the earth than when we’re scuffing in the dust or splashing in the water. A little bit up in the air makes a big difference. You see vistas like this that would be a popular roadside view point or the reward for a strenuous hike.

0843 Lompoc Valley Vista

0843 Lompoc Valley Vista

Of course, they’re in every direction and moving in a slow dance with each turn revealing entirely new delights. Also plenty of interesting things like this you’d never see from the ground, even atop a high hill.

0845 Mystery Machines

0845 Mystery Machines

I puzzled over them for a moment, then snapped at full zoom to look at back on the ground. Cropping out just the machines it was easy to see they’re wind generators for frost prevention on crops sensitive to freezing. A couple of miles away just on the other side of Lompoc this entirely different vista soothes the aviator’s eye.

0846 Soft Shapes & Colors

0846 Soft Shapes & Colors

Beneath us I cropped a crazy corduroy of colors trembling in the gentle breeze we were riding.

0848 Story Lines

0848 Story Lines

With every color and undulation, our planet’s stories are expanded for the viewer on wings.

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