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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 144: “Taking flight”

A dream as old as mankind: flying! Spread your wings and fly. The oldest story of flying men in the story Daedalus and his son Ikaros. Daedalus was famous for his artistry. To keep him, the king of Krete sent both to jail. As escaping from an island is nearly impossible. Daedalus made wings from him and his son from feathers and bee-wax. He advised his son to follow him in the sky and warned him to say away from the sun as the warmth might melt the wax. He also warned his son to not fly too low as the water might wet the feathers and becoming too heavy to fly. The story tells us, Ikaros flew too high and then he saw the wax starting to melt, he went down. Unfortunately, he went too far down and the feathers became wet and heavy. Now, he started upwards again to let the sun dry the feathers. In the end, you might have expected this, Ikaros felt in the ocean and went under. His father noticed the problem and started searching for Ikaros. But, he didn’t find him.

A couple of years ago I got the chance to fly. Not with a plane, but with a hot-air balloon. Although a balloon flight is not risk-free, it’s not as dangerous as the wings of Daedalus and Ikaros were.

I want to take you with me on a few balloon flights. Enjoy!


Thank you, Tina, for this wonderful topic for The Lens-Artists Photo challenge.

Take care!

18 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challange 144: “Taking flight””

  1. Oh my goodness Andre – what a glorious set of images! I remember so well my only balloon flight. We were over the vineyards in Australia. We had to land in a farmer’s field and the basket toppled over upon landing. Happily no one was hurt. I will never forget breaking through the clouds and seeing the brilliant sun and another balloon right next to us. Simply breathtaking. Thanks for that fond memory!

    1. 😊 I’m glad to be able to wake some memories in you. The problems while landing you experienced are part of the idea I had in my mind when saying a balloon flight could be quite dangerous in some circumstances. Breaking through the clouds was really breathtaking during our winter flight in front of the Bavarian Alps. I’d like to start again right now.

  2. This looks fabulous – and the feeling must be so special, so free. Do you have much sound from the burning or is it quiet up there? I’d love to try. A friend of mine got it for her birthday, and the landing was not so good, a crash and she broke her arm. The company offered her…a new flight to compensate!

    1. yeeesss, it’s so fantastic. But, you right, it could be a bit dangerous. You have to follow the orders of the pilot carefully. The gas burner is quite loud, but ok. It’s usually on only for quite short impulses to keep the balloon up in the air. When the fire is off, you’re in absolute silence (at least, when the other passengers are not talking): no wind, because you go with the wind.

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