1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

What makes travelling by plane so special? August 28, 2009

Of all means of transport I love travelling by plane, and that is my big love since my early childhood. My excitement about flying is difficult to describe… I was always wondering what makes it so special?

On my last holiday trip I took a plane again and, taking pictures of magnificent landscapes I suddenly realised what makes the magic of flying to me:

1. From above we can have a totally different perspective to the Earth, to the places we love and live in. In a way it’s a shift in consciousness, like watching from somebody else’s eyes…We can suddenly see that our huge cities are so ridiculous small and that this is really NOTHING compared to the vast natural landscapes, mounts, seas, forests and deserts… What do we think of ourselves, that we can rule that nature??? The level of human ego and stupidity is the highest at that point.

2. Watching the wide horizon or the clouds play or the soft haze over the mountains, we can get entirely thoughtless –  the head clears out and thoughts stand still before the breathtaking views…

I wonder what my readers say about their own  experiences of flying by plane?

In the meanwhile, enjoy my recent pictures:




And that was the massive thunderstorm with great flashes that we curtly passed by ( you can see the red spot on the very right, that is the flash) – scary but very spectacular!



22 Responses to “What makes travelling by plane so special?”

  1. swaps Says:

    Of course, it is spectacular!! The last photo makes me forget myself for a moment…such power those silent clouds possess.
    You know, you are so lucky 🙂

    (But I must say that we have overpowered nature in a dubious way by inflicting damage on a large scale, to see it one must go a little higher….we must see the satellite pics.)

    • axinia Says:

      ah, swaps, these stormy clouds..we just passed by in a 100 km distance (which means nothing for a plane!) – but the cloud were soooooooo huge and dramatic. It was my first time when I saw the flashes being myself in the sky. Turly unnforgetable! And there are more special things to see in there, still. 🙂
      just book you flight!

  2. Veni Grig Says:

    Magnificent! Disolving in Divine Onenness!

  3. sakhi Says:

    Too Good! 🙂 But somehow i like train journeys much better than flights… that too, second class (non-AC) 🙂 I love it when cool air pass through my hair and the blast of it on my face!! Ah… awesome! 🙂

  4. Fatima Says:

    I’ve never been on a plane before, but I hope to go on one soon so I can see spectacular views like the ones you saw.

  5. Beautiful pictures, Axinia…are these the Austrian Alps?

    I don’t know…I’ve never flown on a plane and I’m not eagerly waiting to get on one either 😐 I do want the natural ability to fly though, like a bird 🙂 There is no living creature that represents a free spirit better than a bird. No wonder then, many cultures believe the soul takes the form of a bird after death.

    My favourite form of transport is by road. 🙂

    You love travelling second-class non-A/C on the notorious Indian Railways 😯

    • Sakhi Says:

      I love it!! 🙂 🙂 its fun!! 😀 and i like to eat things hawkers sell.. so yummy! 🙂 Masala cucumber, masala chat and daal… i am already drooling! 🙂

    • axinia Says:

      Hi Raj,
      these are mostly Austrian and Italian Alps, right – I was in Italy on holidays.

      I would also like to fly naturally, like a ird. However…you know that? in fact I am flying a lot while dreaming, and it is absolutely real!! But it would be great ot fly also in “this” life. 🙂 could e very useful :)))

      Travelling on the road is nice, because you can stop easily. But I wish you to book a flight one day! – this is a very very special experience, elevating I would say. and also useful for a global thinker like you.

  6. kanagu Says:

    Don’t know what happened. the photos are not loading 😦 😦

    will watch them later Axinia… 🙂

    and I didn’t traveled by plane yet… hope someday I will fly 🙂

  7. swaps Says:

    To all of you who love trains…a train is a metaphor for so many things. Makes me wonder what undercurrent in your subconscious prompted the choice 😉

  8. Ankur Says:

    Hi Axinia,

    Regarding your sentiment, “What do we think of ourselves, that we can rule that nature??? “, have you seen the Carl Sagan clip, “Pale Blue Dot”? You reminded me of it.


  9. Nita Says:

    There is something beautiful about taking photos of the earth from the top isn’t it. I love doing this, it’s as if we are seeing things in perspective, and not just the geography.

  10. swaps Says:

    “The UK may have to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 90% by 2050 so the aviation sector can continue to grow.”

  11. Bryan Says:

    Beautiful pictures. I too am always awed by the views and much prefer them to the in-flight movie. But I strongly disagree with your assessment of mans stupidity. I believe it is precisely mans ego and brilliance that makes it as natural as a bird in flight for me to travel around the globe at 600 MPH. The first lesson man (or any species) must learn is “Nature to be commanded must first be obeyed”. To build a fire you must obey the laws of chemistry (fuel flash point, oxygen supply, etc).To build and fly the same airplane you describe as mans arrogance requires a strict observance of natures rules of aerodynamics, structural limits, thrust to weight ratio, electrical properties, material temperature tolerances and even an understanding of the boiling point of coffee in a cabin pressurized at 11 psi. This is his ego, but there is nothing stupid in regard to nature, to successfully accomplish this or any other complex human feat.
    I see the the world from 7 miles above and reflect on the human bravado and genius it took to create the wide open productive farms, towering structures, and the vantage point that allows me the view, not in spite of nature, but in partnership. When successful, these endeavors are the very best of human nature…and natural!

  12. Ben Says:

    Wow breathtakingly beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I love flying, I must confess that I hate airports though 🙂

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