It is a July morning, the only good time to sit outside when we are experiencing 100 and 100 plus temperatures. We sit out in our backyard sipping coffee. The breeze is pleasant, rustling the leaves in the burr oak above us. There is a bright, blue sky with fluffy, white clouds, drifting and shifting shape.
I have my binoculars close by, and my eyes scan the sky above our roof. My husband’s eyes are glued to the news on his Ipad.
Two people. Alike and not alike.
“Look! A Mississippi Kite!” I point at the soaring grey bird, it’s white head helping me identify it. My husband looks up briefly.
We both hear a far off engine noise. He taps and scrolls and says, “That is a Gulf Stream 4 private jet flying from Cabo San Lucas to Austin.” We look up and see the plane heading east. My husband has an app on his Ipad that shows a photo of the plane, the name of the plane, and the route it is taking.
“A White Egret…it is flying east too,” I declare, as I follow it with my binoculars.
“DC-9-15 (F) USA Jet Airlines heading from San Antonio to Detroit at 29,000 feet.” We watch it head north until the tree obscures our view.
Flying things in the sky. Alike. And not alike.
My eyes spot swallows flitting about up high. I can’t identify them.
“Boeing 737-79P. Southwest Airlines from Austin to Denver.”
A black chinned hummingbird zooms past us. As I follow it, I spot another Mississippi Kite. “Oh look, honey! Did you see it?”
“Yes, that was a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage…a private prop plane…going from Houston to Ruidoso at 24,000 feet.”
I guess we see what we want to see sometimes…
*(Sky and plane photos by B. McCreary)
10 thoughts on “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!”
What a fun musing to receive Betty. Alike: sitting
I love the title!
This stimulated such visuals of you two doing this of morning! So sweet, so special.
Reminds me of the folks who enjoy trainspotting in Britain. Vicarious travel as a hobby. Just imagine!
Thanks Martin! Yes, I often imagine I am on vacation somewhere else …looking at the sky, I could be anywhere…
This is pretty funny, Betty. And similar to experiences I’ve had. Marcia
Thanks Marcia! Just a little slice of our life together…
Loved your description of you and your husband sitting outside looking at the world in such different ways. Fun and deeply philosophical!
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Thank you, Betty for emailing your new post. I loved it and left a comment, but it shows up as a comment by something like “artpeter” because he set up an account years ago! Eventually I’ll try setting up my own account. Carol
Thank you Carol!