I love getting above things, by climbing hills and hiking up mountains, flying in helicopters and airplance, and if I could do it without the horrid motion sickness that would surely be my fate, would LOVE to orbit the earth.
I spent a lot of hours in helicopters some years back, and loved the relatively low-level flights, how you could see the countryside from high enough up that fields started to give that patchwork quilt appearance, but still low enough to appreciate things like individual homes with their holiday lights. A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to take a helicopter tour in Hawaii and saw so many waterfalls in one little valley that I couldn't fit them all in one picture
A ridiculous excess of water, falling by debunix
, on Flickr
And I've also gotten lucky at 30,000 feet in airplanes
San Gabriel Mountains
And the simple wonder of working in a building with a handy view of a palm tree, through a window right a the level of the crown
Palm tree in bloom, with bees (click here
to see large & make out the bees!)
has given me a renewed interest in visiting the tops as well as the ground level of forests, especially redwoods (the best places on earth are redwood forests, after all). Rainforests, tea gardens, love trees in high and low places. Haven't yet made it to any tea gardens--would LOVE to visit the tea trees in situ.
Today, enjoying Honyama shizuoka sencha from Yuuki-Cha. Hmm....that's only a couple of hours away from where my friends live, in suburbs of Tokyo....maybe I can visit those one of these days.