Feb 28 2013

Romancing The Wind

Published by at 7:00 am under Musings & News,Travel

My love of birds has me fascinated with almost anything that flies.  Perhaps this is true for you too.

Last month my sister-in-law sent me a link to this 2004 video called Romancing The Wind.  Produced by Robert Holbrook, it shows professional kite flyer Ray Bethell flying three kites simultaneously in an aerial ballet.  Music from Leo Delibes’ The Flower Duet complements the kites.

Ray Bethell is an amazing man.  Over 80 years old, he’s a Multiple Kite World Champion from Vancouver, Canada who holds world records in endurance and number of simultaneous kites flown.  Here you see him flying three kites at Vanier Park, holding one in each hand with a third tied to his belt.  He’s used this same technique to fly 39 kites at the same time!  Read more on his website here.

Like the falcons, Ray Bethell’s kites court in the wind.

 

p.s. The kite model Ray is using has a falcon name:  Kestrel.

(video of Ray Bethell by Robert Holbrook on Vimeo)

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Romancing The Wind”

  1. Sonia A. Mascaroon 28 Feb 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! Just great! Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  2. George Bercikon 28 Feb 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Sometimes one wonders if there ANY limits to human capabilities.This is one of those times. This man is truly the Mozart of kite flying.

  3. Sonia A. Mascaroon 01 Mar 2013 at 8:31 am

    I post in my blog this video “Romance The Wind”, with the link to your beautiful blog.
    Thank you so much Kate!

  4. Kate St. Johnon 02 Mar 2013 at 7:04 am

    Thank you, Sonia. I just took a look at your blog about the buff-necked ibis. It’s very interesting to read about birds in Brazil. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Sonia A. Mascaroon 02 Mar 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Hello Kate,
    I am glad you like to see Brazilian’s birds.
    You are always welcome to my blog.
    Have a pleasant weekend.

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