Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Paraglider

A couple of months ago I posted a picture from the top of Mount Herman, and I mentioned that I had some older photos of paragliders taken from the top. I dug them out, and here they are. They are from September 2007, and they'll make an appropriate Skywatch Friday post.

For a paraglider, the term "takeoff run" is literal, as they run to get lift. In this case, they run off the top of the mountain, over a cliff. It takes more guts than I'd have - in fact, one of them almost crashed because he didn't get enough lift. However, this one had a perfect takeoff.
For more photos featuring the sky as a background, visit the Skywatch Friday meme.

36 comments:

  1. Fantastic captures, Al! I do occasionally see paragliders down at the harbor and they always take my breath away, but they definitely have more guts than ever had! Gorgeous skies and colors, too! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. beautiful photos an exciting experience

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  3. It must be eventful, but I'll keep the feet on the ground ;-)
    Great photos!

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  4. Ciao Al,
    amo il parapendio !!!
    Bellissime foto.

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  5. Oh it looks like a lot of fun! Love that shot from below ;-D

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  6. Oh, to sway up in the blue - so free!

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  7. People who do that must be very brave!

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  8. Wonderful & exciting Sky Watch Friday shots!!!

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  9. Looks fun & a bit dangerous to me, great pictures !

    Erwin.

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  10. so beautiful and free in the expanse of clear blue sky!

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  11. Well, to me--horrifying! And beautiful, too.

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  12. Fun but I'm afraid of heights. Great pictures.

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  13. They are crazy, but I am sure it is fun. Nice pictures.

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  14. Great skies..and this fellows mode of transportation sure will save gas ( grinning here).

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  15. Very great skies-fantastic shots!

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  16. i'm sure if you look deeper into your archives you'd find more skywatch worthy images like these two.

    i wonder if i'd have the guts to try this.

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  17. I love to try paragliding. I don't know if I freak out when I am up there but look at the beauty around it's fantastic! Happy weekend!
    Blue sky

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  18. Very photogenic hangglider agains that blue sky.

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  19. How amazing it must feel to be free.

    Please have a wonderful Friday.

    daily athens

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  20. Beautiful captures. Love the blue sky

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  21. Lovely shots - my husband has recently taken leave of his senses and had a go at this madness!

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  22. 2nd comment -

    Thanks so much for visiting my SWF!
    I don't think I'd be able to 'run off a cliff' either! But, WHOA, are these great shots!

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  23. Beautiful blue sky and awesome adventure, bet I dare not play with it.

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  24. Absolutely perfect capture. And yes, they have more nerve...or less common sense than I would ever have to try this sport.

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  25. I just wanted to let you know that I posted about your blog today. I hope you like it and that more people will see your blog because of it :)

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  26. Breathtaking! Literally. The thought of flying up there like that makes it a little hard to breathe! It must be wonderful and terrifying. How about a skywatch photo from the perspective of the paraglider? ;-)

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  27. Wow! I get nervous just looking down over my son's balcony which is on the 24th floor! Good shots!

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  28. WoW!! I hope that is not you??!! What a view!! I would never ever jump out from there! If I shoul absolutely jump..it would be from a very small chair!! Haha! :) Have a nice weekend to you!

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  29. I'd love to do that... It's just a shame I'm scared of heights and flying!

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