Gems 4.153

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤


Photo  “The Blades Aerobatic Display Team; National Armed Forces Day” UK -June30th in Gallery/New Themes. Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you, Richard! ♡

Today’s quote

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

is courtesy of SkyGod.

Doesn’t it make you wonder how Leonardo da Vinci knew how flying felt? Did he have vivid dreams about it? Have you ever had a vivid dream about flying? I always wanted to but never have, even though I often have vivid dreams.

Today I learned by way of that Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated with flight all his life.  He drew sketches of flying machines (some of which are on the linked page) more than 400 years before the Wright Brothers made his dreams a reality in 1903 at Kitty Hawk.  I loved Kitty Hawk and could have spent days there.  If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend it!

I was delighted to see an entire series of flying photos on Richard’s blog a few months ago and to learn that he loves air shows at least as much as I do. I got to go to two air shows in the UK this summer by way of Richard’s camera.  (Thank you Richard! Incidentally, this is the song I mentioned on your Armed Forces Day post.)


Special thanks to Richard Keys Photo Sociology, for gifting us with his beautiful photos all week long.  You’ll be seeing more of Richard’s photos for as long as he permits. it. Thanks so much Richard!

In the meantime, if you know any homeless artists who would like their poems, photos or art featured on under1000skies, on our social media accounts and through our email list, please pass on our information. Thank you!

Have a great weekend.

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Gems 2.71

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤


The full quote, found on Great Aviation Quotes, is:

“I’ll run my hand gently over the wing of a small airplane and say to him, “This plane can teach you more things and give you more gifts than I ever could. It won’t get you a better job, a faster car, or a bigger house. But if you treat it with respect and keep your eyes open, it may remind you of some things you used to know — that life is in the moment, joy matters more than money, the world is a beautiful place, and that dreams really, truly are possible.” And then, because airplanes speak in a language beyond words, I’ll take him up in the evening summer sky and let the airplane show him what I mean.”

— Lane Wallace, ‘Eyes of a Child,’ Flying Machine, February 2000.


What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day under 1000 skies.   ♡.