Thursday, 9 May 2013

Fly over

I discovered recently that in season paragliders take off from up the hill behind our house and land in an empty field in the plain below. Taking advantage of ascending winds they can spend long moments up there making sweeping curves along the face of the hill until they decide to land. Beautiful to watch.
 
J'ai découvert avec l'arrivée des beaux jours que la colline derrière chez nous est un site de parapente. Ils décollent depuis un terrain qu'ils ont défriché dans la garrigue et aterrissent dans un champ en jachère en contrebas. Entre les deux, les parapentistes passent de longs moments en l'air à dessiner des huits le long de la face de la colline grâce aux vents ascendants. C'est très beau à voir.

15 comments:

│ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ│ AVIGNON │ˉˉˉˉ│∩│ˉˉˉˉ│ said...

 
Tu devrais en faire !

:D)

(Imagine les photos...)

Tilia said...

Belle manière de s'envoyer en l'air :)

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Chri said...

Et puis ils sont silencieux, eux! Pas comme les quadistes ou motocylistes ou gaz de schistes.

jeandler said...

Attention aux courants d'air : ne pas s'enrhumer.

JoeinVegas said...

That looks like fun!

Thérèse said...

C'est beau, très beau!

claude said...

L'avantage est que cela ne fait pas de bruit, et puis dans un beau ciel bleu, c'est chouette !

Dédé said...

Je connais un de ces gars qui fait du parapente. Il n'a jamais les pieds sur terre et dès qu'on parle d'ascendants et de toile, il a les étoiles dans les yeux.

Steffi said...

Great photos,Nathalie!

AnneduSud said...

Ca me rappelle de bons souvenirs. 2 stages faits à Séderon et le bonheur de m'envoyer en l'air!
Tes photos me redonnent envie!!! Tu me suis???

Bob Crowe said...

The second picture looks like they are provided with a comfy chair to fly in. Who would ever want to touch down?

Laloofah said...

These fun photos really brought back memories for me. We lived on 10 acres on the side of a mountain for 19 years, until we sold it and moved to town in late 2011. Well above us in the mountains was a popular launch point for paragliders and hang gliders, and their landing spot was below us, so we'd get to see a lot of this sort of sight on pretty days. We loved watching them catch the thermals and spiral gently above us with the sun shining through their sails - sometimes sharing the thermal with a hawk or eagle. Isn't it fun to see? It looks like fun to do, too, though I never have. How about you?

Stacy Brady said...

This is one of my favorite pictures that you have posted recently. It's so free and I can feel the wind and that feeling in the pit of your stomach like you are flying and also the fear of the adventure.
It's amazing what you see when you look above.
Thanks for sharing!

William Kendall said...

That I could have fun doing!

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