The Greater Boston Soaring Club has been using Sterling Airport as its base for years. Tonight I spent an hour and 375 photos watching the gliders lift off and land. There is a single tow plane that pulls a glider into the clouds using a rather skimpy nylon rope. When the glider is at an appropriate altitude, the glider pilot will disconnect. To see them land a few feet away is not what grabs you. What stays with you is the sound as they approach, Open your mouth a bit and gently breath out - that is the sound they make. Stealth! And then to know they have one chance to hit the landing. Just one chance. Although they take off from a narrow strip of black-top, they land quietly on the grass.
Nikon D610, 1/1000 second at F/22, ISO 400, 28mm (28-300mm) - 4049
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts and North Fort Myers, FL. I take photographs almost every day. I post my favorites here.