Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

Okay…so here is a photo of upstate NY taken from space.  My childhood playground.  The city where I was born (a few years ago)…  :-)   My quaint Norman Rockwell-esque hometown…the mountains that I hiked, the forests that I camped and the lakes that I fished with my Dad.  Amazing to see it all from space.  Of course, in these hills and forests my favorite time of year is Autumn.  The colors of the leaves are spectacular now.  Heading outside with Mum…to take some pictures of these amazing trees!

My favorite poem about Autumn is Keats’ “Ode to Autumn”…a surprise at the end (the last line)…you could say that Keats sent the first ‘tweet’ in 1819…

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'erbrimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, - 
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

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1666 days ago

Okay…so here is a photo of upstate NY taken from space. My childhood playground. The city where I was born (a few years ago)… :-) My quaint Norman Rockwell-esque hometown…the mountains that I hiked, the forests that I camped and the lakes that I fished with my Dad. Amazing to see it all from space. Of course, in these hills and forests my favorite time of year is Autumn. The colors of the leaves are spectacular now. Heading outside with Mum…to take some pictures of these amazing trees!

My favorite poem about Autumn is Keats’ “Ode to Autumn”…a surprise at the end (the last line)…you could say that Keats sent the first ‘tweet’ in 1819…

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'erbrimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, -
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

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risa_sweeny 1658 days ago

Great poem for a fantastic photo.

MarionCath 1661 days ago

NY taken from space

STfangirl 1666 days ago

Did you have any pet when you were a kid? A bear... a wolf... or at least a dog...? ;-)

BhavaniMarks 1666 days ago

Ah New York is beautiful from any viewpoint. Love Keats! We are in spring, enjoy your Autumn! :)

Magica_D 1666 days ago

Beautiful photo. Have a good time!

STfangirl 1666 days ago

"A few years ago..." "...the first tweet..." :-)) You found your sense of humour! Cool! ;-)))
Beautiful colours of Autumn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAdNVS3dvo

ejflex 1666 days ago

Finger Lakes... amazing photo. I went to School in Oneonta.... I'm quite familiar.

PC0101 1666 days ago

The Finger Lakes. Great photo.

YukiG 1666 days ago

It's Amazing!

foxybrush 1666 days ago

That's a beautiful poem and a lovely picture Wheels, hope you and your Mom have a great time.

HechoEn1979 1666 days ago

speechless! lots of love from Colombia Mr! Douglas!