Have you ever had the desire to soar like and eagle and see the world from an eagle's perspective? Maybe it's just me, but the idea of soaring like that eagle epitomizes the concept of freedom for me.
This photo gives me the feeling or at least it's my interpretation of what the world looks like to the eye of the eagle. I have flown over some of the beautiful geography of the central part of the North Island of New Zealand and the vineyards of Napa Valley in California in a hot air balloon. It's an exhilarating feeling to just float a couple hundred feet or more in the air, so quiet and peaceful. Well, except when the balloon pilot has to fire the "flame thrower" to heat the air in the balloon to keep it airborne. I've also soared over the beautiful, scenic country that is south central New York State in the Elmira area in a sailplane. It's an amazing feeling. No engine noise, just the air rushing by as the gliding plane swoops, dives, makes tight turns and catches another thermal to recover it's altitude.
For those who are reading this and have experienced what I'm talking about, you know what I mean. I can see why either ballooning or sailplane soaring can easily become addictive. I wish I could say that I was truly soaring when I took this photo from the perspective of the eye of the eagle. Unfortunately, I was in a stationary location at the top of the Hunting Island Lighthouse. It was a perfect day. The temperature was perfect, the, the sun and the sky, the puffy white clouds floating by and the gentle breeze caressing my face, arms and legs.