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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 223: “Flights of Fancy”

John invites us today, to imagine the unthinkable and go behind the border of imagination for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. He writes:

“According to, the idiom “flight of fancy” refers to “an unrealistic idea or fantastic notion, a pipe dream. For example, ‘She engaged in flights of fancy, such as owning a million-dollar house.’ This idiom uses flight in the sense of ‘a soaring of the imagination,’ a usage dating from the mid-1600s.”


“For this week’s challenge, consider sharing images of interesting or unusual subjects that represent notions or ideas that seem incredible even today or seemed. “

So, the jump point is set.

The French Brothers Montgolfiere used to have a dream, an incredible dream! And, in fact, they were able to realize it. On June, 4th of 1783, they presented their self-constructed vehicle to the amazed audience: the Montgolfière, the ancestor of today’s hot-air balloons. Their courage has opened up a new world for mankind.

This image is taken a few minutes before sunrise during my second flight looking east


The people of the North are used to this incredible glowing in the dark during the long and cold winter nights: Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. But, unlike us nowadays, they did not have an exclamation for the moving lights above them. The old Vikings found a saga to explain it: At night the valkyries ride along the battlefields to collect all the past heroes and lead them to Odin’s table in Walhalla. The rays of moonlight were reflected by their arms and shields which are supposed to result in the amazing lights.


My third image is to honor the genius Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí. In the past, I already donated a few posts to him and his absolutely incredible work. He was able to think outside the box when planning buildings and was able to make heave stone seem to be light plant parts. All the shapes were derived from nature, just like this hall of forest trees forming the main ship of the cathedral La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. I got aware of parts of his work first when I was in my 7th or 8th class at secondary school. I’m so happy, to have been there a couple of years ago and I hope to revisit when the cathedral is once finished.


Maybe, I was able to inspire you to dig in your archive and find some images, you can publish your images on your blog and set a link to John’s inspiration post. Don’t forget to tag it with the tag LENS-ARTIST, so we can find it.

Take care!

19 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 223: “Flights of Fancy””

  1. You have indeed met the challenge head-on! Having been on a couple of hot air balloon rides myself, I found that image particularly appealing. The aurora image, however, is spectacular.

  2. Wonderful examples this week Andre, I really loved your opening image as well as your description of the amazing accomplishment. Also, I would love to see the Northern Lights. Have seen many images of them but yours is really compelling both because of its shape and your description of how some of those of long ago described it. Now THAT is a flight of fancy!!

    1. Thank you so much, Tina. Aurora Borealis is sooooooo amazing. Will probably see it again in March. That night was astonishing and overwhelming. I assembled a presentation with my images from Norway and the Aurora and it has some further background stories like the viking one.
      Taking the name of the ancient Roman goddess representing dawn, we have Aurora again. So the circle is closed. I wish, I‘d know these facts earlier and my daughter‘s name were Aurora.
      In case, you want to start planning a trip to see Aurora Borealis, give me a hint. I can tell you some information regarding the physics and proper areas. It’s not possible to see it elsewhere in the north and it depends on the solar activity, which follows a 14-year cycle

  3. The green light is amazing. I can’t imagine ever getting used to it, but I can imagine a Viking’s head emerging if the light shifted just a bit…

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