Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent…
“Anaxagoras said to a man who was grieving because he was dying in a foreign land, “The descent to Hades is the same from every place.” Diogenes Laërtius
For this week’s challenge on – descent – I decided to go with what we see when a plane is descending; a bird’s-eye view on descent. I was arriving in Seattle after a 4 hour delay and I was eager to get off and get some rest. I looked out my window and saw a yellow cab in a sea of grey and white and reached for my camera. Yes, I know, that view of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is a descent of the unpleasant variety – vertigo experience. We took an elevator to the top of Rockefeller Center and then walked up a narrow staircase to the roof. It was both exhilarating and frightening. All of my descent pictures gave me an experience of the vastness of earth. From above, you see far beyond your usual frame of reference and it is powerful.
“We all fall… so may I send you four (gifts)… Older Wine, Younger Lovers, Faster Cars, and a Slow descent.” Drake
If you looked closely at the photo, you’d see a bit of the plane’s wing. This was a stress-free flight from Paris. I was meant to go back to New York but was diverted to an Amsterdam bound flight. We spent about 3-4 hours at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport waiting and waiting for information on our New York flight. Finally, they told us about the change (Overbooking?) and then we ended up here. I was glad to be heading home. Thankfully, the ground crew was very nice and welcoming… Oh yeah, this was my first experience with one of those full body scanners at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. It was a recent installation post 9/11 … stepping into the scanner felt like I was entering the twilight zone. Honestly, I love traveling but some of the experiences can be memorable in a not-so-fun way. But hey, it gives you stories to tell.
“Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Manhattan is a beautiful city, and some of the best ways to see it in its full glory is descending on a plane at night, and looking uptown or downtown from the top of a very tall building. This was taken in one of the buildings adjacent to the new One World Trade Center building; also built as a memorial site to replace the Twin Towers. From the top of the building next door, you could see far ahead in 4 directions and it was breath-taking. I love Manhattan and, whenever I travel, I look forward to seeing that familiar skyline again. What about you?
What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Descent did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent… This week, show us your interpretation of descent — experiment with your point of view and angle, or go even deeper with the theme. Share a picture that means Descent to you!
Positive Motivation Tip: Everything that ascends soon descends. Take it in stride.Go with the flow and grow…
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.