1. Folds of Earth Along the Basin’s Edge

    North of Rock Springs, Wyoming, the sepia toned plateau drops off in folds of rocky draperies striped in sedimentary layers with tight wrinkled balls of fringe until it meets the basin below.

     
  2. Sunset Through Showers

    In a sky that has largely receded into darkness, the bright orange sherbet glow of the illuminated showers guides us beacon-like around the wall of storms to the North.

     
  3. A Window on the Heavens

    We exist in an abstract moment in time where we hemstitch the line between day and night while simultaneously encountering powerful, ominous walls of utterly dark skies and brilliant, awe-inspiring windows on the heavens.

     
  4. A Rainbow Forms

      As we work our way around afternoon thunderstorms in South Florida, our sense of the air is at its peak.

     
  5. "Reverie Beyond the Lights"

    Having retreated from the storms over Texas and Louisiana we find ourselves in a smoother and quieter flow over the Gulf of Mexico where the spectacle of lightning over densely lit cities is replaced by the luminous depth of the Milky Way…and WE ARE IN AWE. For those of us who are stuck in cities, we only know this sky from National Geographic photos because the lights (that we demand surround us) distort our perception of the lights beyond our earthly realities. The light that we create acts as pollution in a deep pool of water that clouds and prevents celestial light from penetrating it. Over the Gulf, we escape the manmade clouds of light and experience the Milky Way as if emerging from a dream into a vision of inexplicable depth expressed in pinpoints of light. Before we can focus on the individual points of light, we are drawn into the depth and colors of the universe and we are lost in reverie. This is a dream that does not need to be focused in order to appreciate its meditative quality as it simultaneously stimulates and soothes our restive minds.

     
  6. A Window on the Grand Tetons

    As we drift in and out of layers of mid-altitude clouds, we are resigned to the weather and the absence of scenery.

     
  7. Zen Gardening on a Grand Scale

    Following the many graceful lines of earth as they wave rhythmically across the desert landscape…The well raked lines created by glacial movements and erosion flow around islands of raised and recessed earth, following the contours of hills and sedimentary pools of colored sand.

     
  8. "Boundaries"

    As we pass overhead the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, we follow the Cottonwood Canyon southward toward Glen Canyon and the Grand Canyon at the horizon. Each canyon in its turn provides a boundary that limits or guides our perspective. To the observer on the ground, these great canyons are obstacles that must be circumnavigated. From our aerial perspective, while we may imagine the plight of the pioneer at meeting these obstacles, we see these canyons as something greater…they define boundaries of flowing pathways across the surface of the continent and act as guides to interpret the movement of water through the landscape created by flowing molten earth. Meandering through once mild ripples in the earth’s crust, the water’s movement grows more erratic and dramatic as it cuts deeper into the crust to reveal the soul of the landscape.

     
  9. Emerging into a Dream

    As we are bounced around in the shadowy and turbulent depths of a twilight storm, it seems that the day is done and our senses are resigned to the utter blackness of the storm.

     
  10. The Amorphous Maze

      Working our way down the East Coast in Summer, we feel more as though we are wandering a great labyrinth as walls of cloud present obstacles to be navigated.

     
  11. Sweeping Lines in the Mojave

    At the foot of Iron Mountain in the Mojave Desert, a thin reflective line winds down the gradually sloping terrain toward its source at the Colorado River.

     
  12. Below the Horizon

    You may occasionally see a post that doesn’t seem to fit the theme of The Aerial Horizon…Generally, these are the result of fat-fingering that I quickly attempt to remedy…

     
  13. A Moment of Awe

    As we rise above the blended scenery to see its many pieces laid out in front of us like a glorious disassembled puzzle, we share a moment of awe.

     

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  15. When the aerial horizon comes down to meet the ground, it’s best to sit it out.

    hangingattheairport:

    Welcome Summer…waiting for the storm to clear. MIA.