Monday, May 21, 2012

High On You

"This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless" -Walt Whitman 

"On the 19th September 1783 Pilatre De Rozier, a scientist, launched the first hot air balloon called 'Aerostat Reveillon'. The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and the balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground.

The first manned attempt came about 2 months later on 21st November, with a balloon made by 2 French brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. The balloon was launched from the centre of Paris and flew for a period of 20 minutes. The birth of hot air ballooning!"

Airship Commanders via WinonaCookie on etsy

For many, a hot air balloon ride is a tale told or a preconceived notion of the senses. An event we've visualized or heard about but hardly something experienced first hand. Last month, I was able to take a trip 1000ft up into the air with my dearest lady, Miss Amanda Perez Castro. She surprised me with this unique opportunity for my birthday.

From beginning to end, the flight was an awakening of the senses. Floating in a basket no larger than the size of two small bathroom stalls, we got especially comfortable with the three other guests. 

A fear of heights has always been an enigma of mine. Letting go and trusting where the winds would blow was a journey through silent realization. The peaceful nature that I felt and utter stillness of time was something I will never forget.

When the Old Meets the New...

It Inflates Fashion...

Gisele Bundchen Vogue UK December 2011

New favorite: 

Swash Design 

London based fashion label. Combining old world inspired prints and classic vintage cuts. A visually unique experience in each collection... 


via Etsy





Balloonist prayer..

"The winds have welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with his warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well,
That the gods have joined you in your laughter
and set you back again into the
loving arms of Mother Earth."

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