The beauty of the wing

27 September 2009 16 Comments Home » Birds

“I believe in flight,
in the beauty of the wing,
and in the beauty of everything that has ever flown.”
– J. G. Ballard

I believe in the beauty of the wing


  • Kathe Koja said:

    The velocity of these small beings is breathtaking.

  • Rick said:

    Too fast for me most of the time, Kathe.

  • Diana Alva said:

    I believe in flight as well, nice words . . . very nice.

  • Denice Brown said:

    What birds do without a thought, people will never accomplish.

    Oh, we fly in big tin cans, but can never achieve true free flight. *sigh*

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Diana and Denice. I went up in a glider once, about as close as you can get.

    No sound, just the wind.

  • Pete Rogan said:

    The empty sky is my best friend
    And I just cast my fate to the wind.

  • Rick said:

    Nice couplet, Pete, thanks.

    Sometimes the skies here are more than a little busy.

  • Daryl Hutchinson said:

    Don’t forget the guy who flew across the English Channel with wings and a jet pack!

  • Rick said:

    That must have been fun, Daryl. But with a glider you don’t need any power, although you do need to be towed up by something initially.

  • Denice Brown said:

    Yes, I suppose a glider would do it. Do those things have air sickness bags???

  • Rick said:

    Only what you you bring in your pocketses, Denice.

    I haven’t heard of anyone getting sick in a glider.

  • Kathe Koja said:

    What a joy it would be, to be able to leave the earth at a moment’s notice.

  • Daryl Hutchinson said:

    A glider would be the best as you could ride the thermals and not worry about running out of gas, plus it would be nice and quiet.

  • Rick said:

    I couldn’t believe how quiet it was, Daryl. And a good pilot can stay aloft indefinitely.

  • Robert Curry said:

    Beautiful photo, beautiful Ballard quote.

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Robert, I don’t think I could run out of great Ballard quotes.

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