Up, up and away; recreating a famous photograph

Today’s challenge at SCS was to create a card based on things you collect – that is other than craft supplies!  I really don’t collect anything, but Orvil is an aviation aficionado so I thought I would make a airplane themed card with more masculine colors.

I stamped the plane image (from Sunday International) in Memento ink and colored with a red marker.  I sponged blue for the sky and green for some hills.    I drew a couple of lines off of the tail of the plane and attached the sentiment (from Papertrey) to make it look like a banner.

The green paper is swiss dot textured paper from Bazzill.    This is a quick and easy card that can be converted to a father’s day card by changing out the sentiment.

Notes from the travel journal – recreating a famous photograph

While in the Outer Banks we visited the Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum.  This is the place where the brothers spent years testing their aircraft.  Most people associate Kitty Hawk with the first airplane flight, but is was actually a few miles south on a field in Kill Devil Hills where the historic flight took place. 

How often are you able to get an action photograph on the first try?  How about one to record a historic moment?  Take a look at this photo – it records the first time an airplane took flight over one hundred years ago.  Orville Wright is flying and Wilbur is running along side the plane.  The brothers were the only ones who had ever used a camera on the field that day, so who took the photo?  

The brothers set the camera up and positioned it where they thought the airplane would leave the ground.   They enlisted the help of a bystander, John Daniels, to push the shutter.  With a little ingenuity and alot of luck he snapped this photo.  It was the first and only picture he would ever take!   It really makes you think just how incredible this photo is.

The museum has a set of bronze sculptures set up on the field showing this moment and they invite you to stand where John Daniels stood and try to recreate the photo.  Here is my photo – made black and white for effect.  The grounds were different 100 years ago (sand instead of a grassy field) but I think it turned out ok!

The brothers learned alot that day, including the first rule of aviation – tie the plane down when you are done.  After the 4th flight that day a large gust of wind picked up the plane, flipped it over a few times and it crashed – leaving it damaged beyond repair.

As we were leaving we turned on the radio and the shuttle Atlantis was just lifting off.  We both marveled about how fast aviation progressed since the Wright  Brothers flight that day.  It only took 66 years to go from that day to the moon walk.   I wondered if the brothers ever envisioned space flight during those early years?  Orville lived until 1948 so he saw aviation through WWII – did he realize flying into space was going to be a reality?

Thanks so much for stopping by today – from the Outer Banks we traveled north into Virginia to travel the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping in Asheville to visit the Biltmore Estate.  I’ll share more of our travels in my next post.