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Taking the wings of the morning
Sep 25, 2012 | 1186 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A sunrise captured from the powered parachute.
A sunrise captured from the powered parachute.
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Bee Agricultural Company viewed as the aircraft banked over Business 181.
Bee Agricultural Company viewed as the aircraft banked over Business 181.
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The skylights of A. C. Jones High School.
The skylights of A. C. Jones High School.
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The early morning sun illuminates the tile roofs of the Bee County Courthouse.
The early morning sun illuminates the tile roofs of the Bee County Courthouse.
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Sylvia Garcia-Smith
Sylvia Garcia-Smith
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One of the tasks of photographers is to take the camera and photograph everyday scenes from a different angle. Ninety-nine percent of all the pictures in the world are taken at eye level, because humans usually stand up. Years ago, a photographer decided to show the world from the viewpoint of a cat. It was a revelation. A dining room table and chairs, for instance, became a dark jungle of legs. Beeville photographer Sylvia Garcia-Smith decided to photograph her town from a different perspective: from a powered parachute. She describes the ride:

'I'd been up in a powered parachute before with Rick Smith, co-owner of “Chute Me Skyhigh,” so I’d been “itching” to go back up. Flying this way has always been a thrill. I love helicopters with open doors to shoot from. But, I was never able to get scheduled again with Rick, so when I found out that Alan Fletcher, a licensed sports pilot and Rick’s partner, was a bit more available, we made arrangements. He took me up during an awesome pre-fall morning. I was able to take photos of all the schools in town (I hope) and share them with the Remember Beeville group. Everyone has been having fun viewing and sharing stories of our growing up in this cool town! I can’t get enough photos though, because folks want more. I’ll accommodate them whenever Fletch can take me back up.'
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