|From a tiny "sliver" in the sky to airliner, |
courtesy of the camera lens.
What is clear in the image, however, are the four individual nacelles, the aerodynamic cowling, or housing, that surrounds each of the four jet engines. The almost-spherical shape of their leading edge is very distinctive in the picture. Of course, the long, 35X lens did more than assist. It's the lens that makes such an image possible. To the naked eye, the aircraft appeared simply to be a tiny "sliver" in the sky, followed by its white, expanding vapour trails, stretching across the expanse of blue.
|Wing and leading "edge" of an engine nacelle, no special lens needed this time.|
Just as the nature photographer may employ a "macro" lens to capture the beauty and intricacy of a butterfly's wings, or an amateur astronomer may connect a telescope to the camera in the hope of catching an image of the "man on the moon", our "vision" in life is improved when we are able to "look" through various "lenses".
Here's one example. For me, I always "see" more clearly when the day begins with exercise. Running for an hour, whether it's on the trail, on the road, or on a treadmill, sharpens focus and improves perspective. It also ensures a much more positive (and therefore, much more productive) mood. Paddling for several hours on the water does exactly the same thing. When life changes, for whatever reason, confusion and uncertainty can cloud vision and perspective. There's no better time to re-dedicate oneself to a regular regimen of physical exercise.
"Change" is ever-present in the lives of so many today. At such times, it's all too easy to struggle and drift, in the search for focus and direction. Just as the camera lens enables the photographer on earth see the structural details of an aircraft flying miles up in the sky, exercise and self-propelled movement can assist us in finding or forging new trails in life - and bringing into focus, the myriad of possibilities that are always there - but sometimes in need of a little extra focus and magnification. And besides, our minds and our bodies usually enjoy working together!
Of course, there are some other effective lenses to consider in times of change...but for another time, in "tales from a 'reconfigured' life". :)
By the way: The context of the word reconfigured, in this blog, is loosely defined as "briefly retired-but-anticipating-upcoming-and-meaning-filled-possibilities-and-opportunities".
2nd image: From inside the cabin on a KLM "Cityhopper" Fokker 100, flying from Glasgow to Amsterdam.
Quiz: Can anyone identify the airline company the jet (top image) belongs to? The tail (vertical stabilizer), that is just visible, appears to be red or orange-coloured. Should have thought of a prize here! :)
We have an answer to the "Quiz". Our good friend Dave, who is also a pilot, identified the aircraft as a Delta Airlines 747 - 400, likely heading to Tokyo. Nice piece of work, thanks Dave!