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“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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent...  to Seattle Airport

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent… to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent... to St Patrick's Cathedral, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent… to St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent...  to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent… to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

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.

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“Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent... to Manhattan, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent… to Manhattan, New York

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!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme Descent below.

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…

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. 01/11/2014 3:42 pm

    oh I love the Cathedral photo from so high up! 😍😍

  2. 01/11/2014 11:42 pm

    Great quotes, especially the first 🙂 the cathedral roof looks pristine, is it new?

    • 03/11/2014 3:36 am

      No, but they take very good care of it. It’s on 5th Avenue which has some of the fanciest stores in New York. The real estate in that area is pricey and well maintained.

  3. 02/11/2014 3:55 am

    Some beautiful photos there!

  4. Maria Iemma permalink
    02/11/2014 4:24 am

    Flying is not for the faint at heart…sometimes it takes a lot of patience waiting for delayed cancelled flights.

  5. 02/11/2014 1:40 pm

    I’m lovin’ the image showing the descent into Manhattan, NY. We drive there so I haven’t had the chance to really see it in the air…or if I did, I was sleeping or something because I don’t remember what it looks like. I bet it looks magical at night.

  6. KendallRayburn permalink
    02/11/2014 2:39 pm

    What a good writing prompt – love the photos that go along with it!

  7. 02/11/2014 3:35 pm

    Great photos! Love the birds eye views…

  8. Courtney permalink
    02/11/2014 4:00 pm

    Too neat!!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  9. 02/11/2014 4:39 pm

    I love travelling, it amazes me how the skyline and sea can look like just one big blue area.

  10. 02/11/2014 4:53 pm

    What a great picture of St Patrick’s Cathedral!!!

  11. 02/11/2014 5:26 pm

    I love these photos! They definitely describe descent really well.

  12. 02/11/2014 6:02 pm

    Such a beautiful city! I love the photos!!!

  13. Elizabeth O permalink
    02/11/2014 6:07 pm

    I also want to participate in a photo challenge. Am I too late for this?

  14. 02/11/2014 6:13 pm

    Wow all of these photos look amazing!

  15. 02/11/2014 7:48 pm

    I guess descending can be good or bad depending on your perspective. Very lovely and mind opening post.

  16. 02/11/2014 8:51 pm

    In life we all go through many ups and downs and we definitely need to learn to take it in stride. This is such an interesting way to look at the descending aspect of life. I love the pictures and was mostly drawn to the one with St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

  17. 02/11/2014 9:41 pm

    You have taken such beautiful photos, love your interpretation of descent and I know what you mean about scanners at airports but your comment ‘twilight zone’ made me chuckle big time

  18. julianarw (@julianarw) permalink
    02/11/2014 9:59 pm

    My fav is St. Patrick Cathedral photo, awesome angle to shot.

  19. 03/11/2014 1:04 am

    I enjoyed this post :).

    • 03/11/2014 3:14 am

      As a team member, you know this is not a sufficient comment, right? Please a little effort makes a difference. TY!

  20. JoAnna permalink
    03/11/2014 5:46 am

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Nicole Mamatofiveblessings Homeschooling permalink
    03/11/2014 5:47 am

    The cathedral is beautiful, So ornate and detailed!

  22. Aisha Kristine Chong permalink
    03/11/2014 6:46 am

    that cathedral photo is just way too awesome!

  23. lynndeeee permalink
    03/11/2014 6:49 am

    Love the Cathedral photo. The architecture of the Cathedral is simply amazing. Love the positive motivation tip too. I love taking photos myself but I am not at all a pro. Would love to take photography lessons.

  24. 03/11/2014 1:08 pm

    WOW! Those are fabulous pictures, they make me feel like I’m right there with you!

  25. 03/11/2014 1:58 pm

    Beautiful views! Much as I love photography, I need to participate in one of these challenges someday.


  26. 03/11/2014 2:24 pm

    I battled a bit between a roads pictures and a waterfalls… in the end waterfalls won 🙂

  27. 03/11/2014 3:27 pm

    Amazing photos! I would love to see the Cathedral in person…some day 🙂

  28. 03/11/2014 5:27 pm

    Wow, that Descent to St Patrick’s Cathedral photo was really something! Thanks for sharing these awesome photos.

  29. 03/11/2014 5:31 pm

    There are a lot of descents here (and ascents too). And I never grow tired of looking how we come from higher up from the Andes to the sealevel and how the climat and the vegetation change. It is amazing!

  30. 03/11/2014 5:47 pm

    What an amazing view of St Patrick’s Cathedral! I’ve been there in person but never imagined a view like that!

  31. Kimberly Bergeron permalink
    03/11/2014 6:33 pm

    It’s funny how I actually felt a little dizzy, LOL..You have amazing photos!

  32. 03/11/2014 7:01 pm

    Beautiful photos and I love that you shared your perspective on them. I can’t think of many photos. I took some of the clouds once when I was on a plane and I thought they brought a sense of peace.

  33. Stephanie permalink
    03/11/2014 8:10 pm

    These are beautiful photos. I need to take part of a photo challenge.

  34. 03/11/2014 10:26 pm

    I think the best view I’ve had from an airplane was flying over the Atlantic and seeing how blue the waters were near Greenland. The Icebergs really make it look so different (really bright blue) from the deep blue depths.

  35. Misa permalink
    03/11/2014 11:37 pm

    Manhattan looks beautiful! I like photos you posted thank you for sharing

  36. 04/11/2014 3:36 am

    I love your writing! The first quote is awesome!

  37. 04/11/2014 5:51 am

    I didn’t realize that St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York is shaped like a cross when looking fro above! Cool!

  38. Melissa Smith permalink
    04/11/2014 7:11 am

    I think you nailed it this week! Especially with the Cathedral photo!

  39. 04/11/2014 9:42 am

    How’d I wish I can visit a St Patrick’s Cathedral. Amazing photos

  40. 04/11/2014 11:46 am

    Photo challenges are the best! This looks fun, love that pic

  41. 04/11/2014 11:52 am

    I love how the top of the Cathedral is like a cross! It’s so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  42. 04/11/2014 3:08 pm

    I love the decent into Seattle, especially with the yellow taxi there, a lovely photo.

  43. Alisha Kostiuk permalink
    04/11/2014 4:01 pm

    Beautiful city. The Cathedral is breathtaking.

  44. Amethyst Moon permalink
    04/11/2014 4:37 pm

    I love the St Patrick’s picture. It is so nice to see it without all the scaffolding around it from the construction.

  45. Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome) permalink
    04/11/2014 4:47 pm

    I dont have a picture to share but always like to see your challenges.

  46. Nicole Mamatofiveblessings Homeschooling permalink
    04/11/2014 5:20 pm

    What stunning views! Great architecture!

  47. 04/11/2014 5:52 pm

    I love looking at amazing shots. I love the one of the Manhattan skyline as well. I’ve only been there once but look forward to going again.

  48. 04/11/2014 7:36 pm

    I always love to watch out the window when my plane descends. You get such unique angles.

  49. 05/11/2014 12:33 am

    These are such beautiful shots! It makes me miss NYC a lot! Can’t wait to visit when I get back to the states!

  50. chrissy4gordon24 permalink
    05/11/2014 9:48 am

    Wow I love the St Patricks cathedral photo, simply breath taking 🙂

  51. 07/11/2014 8:50 am

    Some of those heights are making me dizzy!

  52. Paula - Buenos Aires permalink
    08/11/2014 10:02 am

    Breathtaking views, wonderfull selections of quotes to go with the theme.

  53. Katherine Rose Coronel- Rivera permalink
    10/11/2014 1:24 am

    Amazing photos, you’ve captured them nicely! How I wish to see them live 🙂

  54. 03/11/2014 3:44 am

    Thanks for the pingback!


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