Charmine over on her Travel blog has a challenge coming up for this Saturday, called "A View From Above." I have a few I'd like to add into this group, starting with the picture above (click to enlarge). This was taken in 2007, a group of skydivers, all of whom are over sixty (I'm in there too), taken over Lake Wales in Florida. I am in the upper left quadrant, in a line of three, on the end with a white helmet and black jumpsuit. The picture was taken by the photographer who jumped out with a camera on his head, snapping pictures with a bite switch (biting down when he wants to take a picture).
This picture is of Mt. Shuksan, taken last week by me, showing the mountain sticking up above the clouds in the valley. I especially like the way the misty clouds are pushing up against the meadow. Although I am standing on the ground, the picture has the feeling of being situated on top of the world, looking down.
And this final picture was taken last Sunday of a dear friend of mine, Emily, celebrating her 1,000th jump at Mile-Hi Skydiving in Longmont, Colorado. It was taken by another friend, Chris Pope, while he was under his own canopy, snapping this picture of her. Chris is a freefall photographer by trade. Emily was a student of mine, and I am so proud of her accomplishments. I guess it's the way the world works: you teach somebody how to do something, and the instructor watches with pride and joy while the student flies up, up and away.