Last year, a good friend took us up in his plane for an afternoon of aerial sight-seeing. I got some phenomenal shots, but the ones I’ve chosen for this week are those during the last few minutes of the flight. Our descent back to Earth.

The fields of the East Midlands stretch before us.
The fields of the East Midlands stretch before us.

The runway is on the left but we haven’t yet been given clearance to land.

The plane changes angle and direction, final approach begins.
The plane changes angle and direction as we circle.

Round and down we go.

As we curl around to come in at the runway, I feel like I'm in the centre of a gyroscope.
As we curl around to come in at the runway, I feel like I’m in the centre of a gyroscope.

It’s dizzying at times, but marvelous in its freedom.

The moment before touchdown, when everyone waits with bated breath for the feel of the wheels scraping on the tarmac.
The moment before touchdown, when everyone waits with bated breath for the feel of the wheels scraping on the tarmac.

Then we are tethered to the Earth once more.

Safely down.
Safely down.

And the sense of being weightless and free diminishes, leaving a mix of relief at landing safely and loss at not being airborne.

For more takes on Descent, go to DP WordPress Photo Challenge – Descent.

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