Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

America the Beautiful!

The American heartland

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,



For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

 Tappan Zee Bridge New York


America! America!


God shed his grace on thee


And crown thy good with brotherhood

The NYC borough of Brooklyn looking towards the borough of Manhattan


From sea to shining sea!



July 4th - Happy Independence Day!




"America the Beautiful"
-- Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

All photos taken by me during various airplane trips across the beautiful United States of America.

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63 comments:

Snap said...

Beautiful!!!! Happy 4th of July (almost)!!!!

Sheila said...

The views through an airplane window are really spectacular! America the Beautiful is an amazing piece of music and as Canadians a trip to the US is always such a great experience. Happy Independence Day, Pat!

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! Thanks so much. Happy 4th to you.

Best,
Bonnie

Amish Stories said...

Wow those are some great images, and happy July 4 to you as well. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,pa

Vee said...

Such beauty, Pat! Thank you for sharing this post. (I was especially intrigued by the photo of Long Island...how interesting.)

Sandy said...

Great photos of a great country! Happy 4th of July Pat!

Kris said...

Well my friend....THAT gave me goosebumps!!!!
Stunning photos!!!
Enjoy the holiday!
Hugs,
Kris

Old Kitty said...

Happy Independence Day!! Take care
x

Pamela Gordon said...

Happy Fourth of July to you Pat! Great photos. Now I know how Long Island got it's name. :D

Jeannelle said...

Excellent post! Happy Independence Day to you, too!

Chatty Crone said...

Beautiful pictures to remind us that America is Beautiful - I knew that too! Happy 4th. sandie

ellen b. said...

Beautiful tribute! A very Happy 4th to you and yours!!

Cynthia said...

Love this! One of my favorite things about flying is seeing the terrain from the windows. Especially love going over the mountains! Great post, and thank you. So much to be proud of in this great country, and her natural beauty is tops on my list. Enjoy your day!

Jenny said...

Bless you Pat!

This was awe inspiring.

And so are you!

Happy 4th of July, lovely lady!

Carol said...

Beautiful post, Pat! Fantastic captures. I can see my house right over there on the South Shore :)
Have a very happy 4th!

Houseelf said...

Lovely photos. Have a wonderful celebration tomorrow. Son has his 1st prom that day too. :-)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Happy Fourth Pat. I too love to take photos from the window seat of a plane. You illustrated the song beautifully.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a beautiful post! Happy 4th of July to you and your family too!

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful post and so creative! Love it! Have a happy 4th of July. xo

Riet said...

Wow, your photo's from aeroplanes look great. Mine never come out this way. Happy Independence day

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Really, really cool pics Pat! Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July-have fun:@)

Susie said...

Pat, Beautiful photos. Thank you . We have so much to be thankful for here in America. Happy 4th. Smiles, Susie

LDH said...

My Patriotic Heart is smiling! Beautiful post, Pat! Thanks so much for sharing!

annie said...

Happy 4th of July!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful post. Love the photos...

Happy 4th to you and yours.
Hugs,
Betsy

LifeRamblings said...

beautiful landscape. Happy 4th!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Great photos! Happy 4th of July to you and yours.

Light and Voices said...

This post made me proud to be an American.
Joyce M

Lovella ♥ said...

This is the most original Independence Day post I've seen Pat. It is just beautiful.
Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, what a beautiful tribute to our country. I get emotional about how thankful I am to be an American.

Thank you for your sweet comment about our granddaughter. I didn't mention that she is in the top 10 of her class of 400 students. This includes two college courses she has already completed. We are so proud of her.

Happy 4th of July,
xo, Jeanne

HoodPhoto said...

What a cool perspective! Happy 4th! If you get a chance, stop by my blog and "Like" Hood Photography on Facebook! Thanks!

Jessica said...

great group of pictures for the 4th! Its amazing that we can actually see the change of air quality from place to place.

The Gathering Place said...

Beautiful photo tribute to our great country! I hope you have a nice holiday.

edenhills said...

What gorgeous views you've captured! Hope your 4th of July has been wonderful!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Wonderful post! Happy 4th of July, Pat. I hope it's not as hot there as it is here!

VBR said...

A beautiful presentation for the Fourth of July and the letter g!!

podso said...

Wow! What a wonderful post! the photos are wonderful. I even got an aerial view of where we got engaged! (near the Tappenzee Bridge, Haverstraw). I hope you have enjoyed today!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Pat,
That is one of my favorite patriotic songs--words and music are both lovely. I am so impressed by your collection of photos from the plane! They are beautiful and very impressive. Happy 4th. Enjoy the NYC fireworks--they are the best! Linda

Erika said...

Beautiful. I hear that and I get teary.

Esther Joy said...

Beautifully done! Happy 4th!

La Petite Gallery said...

A fantastic post. You have taken some wonderful photos,I like the Tappen zee bridge, have driven it a few times..Have a nice weekend,
yvonne

Amish Stories said...

Hope you folks had a great Independence day, and I had to drop over and look at these great images again! Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,pa

Mary Lee said...

Wonderful pictures!

The first time I ever flew over the Midwest, I was AMAZED at how neatly it was laid out.

vincibene said...

Fantastic series, I am impressed!

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

Wow, Pat! You've outdone yourself with these photos. What a beautiful land in which we live! Thank you for the different view. I hope your July 4 was lovely!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous! Have a happy weekend and happy sky watching!

My Skyshot

GailO said...

So beautiful! Hope your 4th was the best!

Tracy said...

Oh, those views...Wow...wow... America, she is beautiful! Living abroad now so long, sometimes I have to remind myself of certain holidays, like the 4th... LOL! But glad to be American. :o) Happy Days, Pat ((HUGS))

Roz said...

What an absolutely LOVELY post for our nation's day of celebration. Simply gorgeous photos chosen for the words of one of my favorite songs! Well done, and I hope your 4th was great!

Naperville Now said...

Fantastic post -- the pix of NY made me homesick. Great share.

Judie said...

Your photos are so meaningful, Pat. I think that song should be our national anthem because it ISNT about war.

elsie said...

what a beautiful tribute to our contry!! just wanted to let you know that I am blogging again

http://middleagedcubangirl.blogspot.com/

elsie

Cucina49 said...

What an absolutely lovely post--although of course I think Alaska should have been included!

backroadjournal said...

Loved your post and photos...perfect for the celebration of our beautiful country's independence day.

Pondside said...

Beautiful! You live in such a diverse and beautiful country, and I love the way you share it.

LV said...

A wonderful post honoring this special occasion.

anitamombanita said...

a great mini-tour of America the beautiful!

Theanne said...

enjoyed...a lovely presentation!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Happy July 4th! What wonderful and appropriate photos!

Blessings & Aloha!
Hope you are staying cool!

Wendy said...

What amazing photos... the heartland looks like a quilt - absolutely stunning.

The Tablescaper said...

Beautiful. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Laurie said...

You captured the heart of our nation and the blessings God has given us ~ beautiful!

~ Liz ~ said...

Seeing the sights of our America the beautiful from your eye-in-the-sky vantage point was fantastic. So glad you took the shots and then put them together with the song lyrics. So sweet! Found your post through "With a Greatful Prayer and a Thankful Heart". Hope you'll stop over and visit at Quirky Vistas.
Liz