I don’t know how to describe the feeling of low flight through incredible landscape like these, and to see what is possible through the eyes of an infrared camera, it really is just so different. On Thursday, I had the privilege of being invited to take a 50-minute flight though in the Mt. Cook area of South Island, New Zealand. Because of the IR effect, you can see through the haze for miles. The world from above is surreal, beautiful, mind numbingly different from anything one experiences in our earthly existence, And at this height, watching as the world streamed below, I thought of nothing but the moment of this experience and the visual symphony as my field of view.
The world looks so clean, so sterile and so beautiful from this perspective and without the color, its form is just so magnificent. Don’t you think? Yet, almost too crisp and clear to be real, too sterile to be nature. Too beautiful to be so vast and useless to everyone but me.
All I could think about when I found myself peeking over the edge of those mountains, the perfect puffy clouds floating over it, is exactly how I see the world in my flying dreams. I purposely selected one with the wing in the image just to show the perspective I experienced.
And, for some contrast, I included one image of the threaded rivers… in color! My guess is that we are a mile high and this is what the river valley looks like from the air. As majestic as the Infrared images are, the color images are just astounding.
And from the land of Bilbo and Frodo, I say good night.