Remembering Earth Day

Between Malaysia and Laos – January 2104

I have mixed feeling posting this picture and referencing Earth Day. It is after all a photograph from an airliner of a tranquil landscape. Although most things look tranquil if you view them from far enough away. But it is a view from above. There is something movingly beautiful about the Earth viewed from space. Many astronauts (and cosomonauts) have spoken about how beautiful the Earth looked from their spacecraft windows. I believe the first Earth Day was in 1970, I wonder if people being able to see the Earth from space made them want to celebrate and care more about it.

Under the Seat, Vietnam

Under the Seat, Vietnam 2009

There was a time, when I used to travel by plane quite a bit, mostly short haul within South-East Asia. Most of the life to be seen was outside the window- hence my hundreds of views from above photos, but sometimes funny moments happened on the plane. My neighbour and I never really did meet. Might have been a character.

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong 2010

For almost the first 30 years of my life, I didn’t travel very far at all. What is even worse, was that my best friend from university lived in Hong Kong and every time we spoke, I would imply that it would be nice to visit – but I never did!

Which is all a shame, since now it is one of my favourite places to visit when I have any spare time.

Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong 2010

Before I went there, my mental picture of Hong Kong was of skyscrapers and densely packed humanity. While this can be true, there are also dense forests and steep, rocky hills which overlook the development below.