Plane Shadow | Salt Lake City, UT | 2016
I look out the plane window and sometimes can’t believe we’re flying. Of all our technological achievements — television, satellites, touch screens, intermittent windshield wipers — human flight seems the most amazing. I’m not sure how Daniel Bernoulli, the discoverer of fluid dynamics in the 1700s, first observed that faster-moving air decreases pressure on a surface, but … well there you have it. Aircraft wings use the Bernoulli Principle to lift the plane to 30,000 feet. And all the rest — too-small seats, trashy paperbacks, double-shot screwdrivers, and Vegas honeymoon couples — lift to the heavens, too. So high, so fast, that it can be nothing less than a miracle.