The desert filters below yet I feel so removed from it. Every direction I look, long undulating lines spread off to the horizon. Each dunes face holds its own character, some good some bad as I try to piece it together but I still feel a disconnection.
As I look before me I honestly can't believe my eyes, this is a scene I've longed to see. Now it's here I'm finding it hard to figure out what is distracting me.
As I square my eyes harder the headset comes to life, the pilot is pointing out some landmarks. My distraction is instantly clear. A desert makes no sound. All I hear are rotors.
Now the thumping fills my ears, I'm aware and I realise I've just been stupid. This scene before me is overwhelming but I feel privileged to see it, after all I've longed for this sight for well over a decade.
I tune the noise out and listen to my inner thoughts, this desert below, oldest on the planet, is far to spectacular to judge as there is no questions about its beauty. My shutter begins to fly.
I'm now caught in a time warp. The light fades quickly right before my eyes an hour disappears as I'm told its time to land. Where did the time go. The blinking memory card tells its tale, I lost the time through the lens.
As the skids touch down in purple twilight I'm bought back to earth in more ways than one, thank God I had time to survey the scene while being distracted. This reflection allowed me to take it all in, channel my thoughts and appreciate the experience that it had just been.
Now my problem is, I want to do it all again!
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