Friday, January 15, 2010

Fly Me To The Moon

Traffic was a bit heavy Wednesday morning. My mind was wandering a bit as we chugged along...when all of sudden thoughts of an old movie popped into my head. It was a movie I wish I had never seen. Not because it was dumb or silly, but because it was one of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. In an attempt pull myself back to "the now" and to get the depressing thoughts out of my head, I searched desperately for something of beauty to focus my attention on.

The traffic came to a complete halt. I gazed to the right...the snowy field was pretty. I gazed to the left and there it was! How awesome!

Three airplanes high in the headed left, one headed right and one looked just like a rocket ship headed to the moon. Each plane was leaving a fresh, crisp contrail behind it. It was so perfect that it almost looked something you would see at an air show.

I sat and stared, hoping the traffic would remain stopped. Longer and longer the thin white contrails got as the planes soared toward their destinations.

According to Wikipedia, condensation trails (contrails for short) are simply artificial clouds, visible trails of condensed water vapour, made by the exhaust of aircraft engines. As the hot exhaust gases cool in the surrounding air, they may precipitate a cloud of microscopic water droplets. If the air is cold enough, this trail will comprise tiny ice crystals....vapour trails.

For me Wednesday morning it was simply beautiful.


Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We still believe those are rockets going to the moon when we see the jets go through the sky.

The Muse said...

My grandchild says those are smoketails from angels flying too fast!

So glad your drive, became peaceful.

Cathryn said...

I'm glad you were able to turn your thoughts around and have them become peaceful. I hate it when disturbing images crowd into my head and not leave voluntarily!

I love the scene you described. I could see it in my mind's eye.

Ms Sparrow said...

I have seen several movies that I wish I hadn't. It sometimes takes days to get it out of my mind. Happily, there are so many pleasant and beautiful things to fill your mind with--just try to pile on layer after layer of good stuff and bury the ugly stuff deep.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Looking for all the beauty the world has to offer diminishes the rest.

Lanyardlady said...

What a thrill! Mother Nature's unexpected gifts are unforgettable.

Matty said...

Sort of like stopping to smell the roses. Isn't it something how if we stop and take a look around, we see things that we would otherwise have missed.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Sounds like a nice way to tolerate a traffic jam.


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