Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kites and Bike

Kites over New England! The hill overlooking Bug Light was filled with kites of all shapes and description yesterday morning. Parrots, alligators, cats, birds, turtles and a princess were all up there bobbing and weaving in the gentle breeze. I like these pictured here, simple straight forward, no pretentiousness. Gulliver's Field was always our place of choice to fly ours. Although not a high spot, it got plenty of spring wind. I bought mine at White's 5 and 10 for about 75 cents and was off to put it together. They were made out of paper with a couple of pine sticks for support. Mom seemed to always have a coil of string at the ready and torn pieces of a sheet for a tail. Most days I never exhausted my string but had fun. One windy March afternoon after school, I actually used all my string and longed for more at first. After another minute of wrestling with it, I got kind of scared... I could feel my feet being lifted (no kidding). Was I going to have to reach for my jackknife and cut it free? I was nervous, being all alone. Finally, it came back to earth and so did I.

Happy,Happy, Joy Joy to my sister Dinne , on her BIRTHDAY, in Maryland today!

28 comments:

  1. I love the colors in this photo! What fun!!

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  2. Always admire those who can get a kite into the air.

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  3. Artistic photo!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  4. Cometas del mundo...

    Saludos y un abrazo.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Dinne. Hope the day is as joyful as your brother's photograph.

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  6. A birthday! Molto happy day. Love the kite-flying boy tale.

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  7. Ah! those were the days when life was simple! Love that photo.

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  8. Kites are so much fun! I had a field close by and my dad used to teach us kids how to fly one. Love your photo and the memory of flying! :-D

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  9. I've been around people flying kites, but have not yet been able to capture any in flight low enough to the ground to make a fun image. You got THREE in focus! Plus a bike. Kudos, Birdman. And it was fun reading about your childhood kite-flying memories. Happy birthday to your sister.

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  10. Now, that is what I call a happy photograph!

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  11. What wonderful colors. This picture screams fun times and happy memories. I recall flying kites in my backyard when I was young -- always a frustrating experience at first trying to get the kite airborne but ultimately fun.

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  12. Great memory, but I'll bet your bicycle didn't look anything like the one in your photo!

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  13. Fabulous shot of the kites. We had a big baseball park behind our house - perfect for kites because there were no wires and no trees! Thanks for reminding me of those days.

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  14. Now I'm humming Mary Poppins. She used to get lifted. Okay so it was an umbrella, so what?

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  15. I was never very good at flying kites. I'm so old that we used to make our own out of whatever sticks we could find and old newspapers. Maybe that's why they didn't fly so well.

    Looks like a fun day on the hill. Or a hill of a fine day! :-)

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  16. I love this shot for its composition and lighthearted display of color! Your stories are always captivating, mon ami.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  17. The kites look a bit rainbow "ish" in this photo. Great capture.

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  18. This is a nice image recalling our long lost childhood. I like the combination of three kites and a bike.

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  19. lovely post Happy Birthday, Sis :)



    Great to be BACK!

    Warm Aloha from Honolulu

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  20. I used to love flying kites as a child---just the plain old ordinary ones back then... They did come out with something new called 'box' kites... Remember them???

    My sons (I had 3) loved flying kites also... SUCH great memories..

    Happy Birthday to your sister.
    Betsy

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  21. Now that's a prize-winner. How did you get those kites aligned just right?

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  22. What a fun shot. Enjoyed reading the comments on it too. Happy Birthday to Dinne.

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  23. great shot. I remember those kites too. what fun it was.

    Happy birthday to your sis too.

    MB

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  24. Beautifully composed shot and great framing too.

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  25. Great shot! That composition didn't happen accidentally! Used to make kites as a kid. Fun times.

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