Yesterday, at the Chicago Midway Airport on our way home, I saw another contrast between birds and man-made flight machines. On April 8th, (click on this link to read it) I wrote about the contrast between the tiny sparrows inside the Denver airport and the lumbering jets outside the window. In Chicago, again, there was a vivid illustration of our meager man-made attempt at imitating the beauty of flight.
It is a mobile, suspended on cables from above, made up of hundreds of three or four inch flight machines: bi-planes, helicopters, hot air balloons, jets, fighters, small planes, hang gliders and more I didn't take the time to notice. A plaque on the upper level lists each type of flight machine, it's name, information about it, and a small sketch. An illustrated history of man-made flight machines.
The bird's in-motion dignity held a striking difference to the tone of movement it soared peacefully above.