Seeing Annie Dillard Analysis

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View From Above More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination. — Wilbur Wright: one of the first men to experience the sense of flying
~ ~ ~ Looking down, I see the fields of the Snohomish Valley. I see the twisting, glistening river as it flows out towards the sound. I see the roads lit with the reflections of the sun on the paint, the little toy cars driving themselves, rushing to their destinations, clueless to how small they appear to me from up here. My stomach is in a constant state of flipping; like when you wake up from a dream where you just fell or took a large jump.
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She uses the example of the herpetologist to show what she means. A normal person who is not a specialist would look into the ravine and not see any snakes, but the herpetologist, as a specialist, would be able to find many. When I was up in the air, I would say I was trying my best to be a specialist when it came to sight, because I wanted to notice every detail I could on that sunny day. I 'm not a specialist when it comes to noticing details, but I tried to catch everything from the birds flying near below me to the little glints of the sun on the cars a few thousand feet …show more content…
In a sense, it seems the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who are often credited with the first powered plane flight were in this darkness. Successful flight had never been accomplished before, and it was something new. They had nothing really to go off of when designing Kitty Hawk, other than their own experiments, and previous experiments done by others before them. In December of 1903, the Kitty Hawk took the first of her many small flights, beginning with a time of 12 seconds, and a distance of 120 feet. The brothers began experimenting with the concept of flight in Dayton, Ohio at their bicycle shop in the mid-to-late 1890 's, and in 1902, they brought their glider to the continuously windy beach at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. The glider made over 700 successful flights before adding power. The brothers built their own engine because no car engine could be powerful enough or light enough (Wright Brothers). The day their powered plane flew changed history and leads to questions of why they did it in the first

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