Honour: Taipei, Taiwan

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Alisa Mappes ©

This photo was shot over Taipei’s outdoor International Flora Expo. The flowers were beautiful, but didn’t come as close to stopping my heart as this China Airlines flight was to land at nearby SongShan Airport. Have you ever stood under a flying jet? They are enormous. Though I can rattle off the physics of it, I still am astonished at the huge mass lifted by close to nothing.

“All praise, O my God, be to Thee Who art the Source of all glory and majesty, of greatness and honor,of sovereignty and dominion, of loftiness and grace, of awe and power. Whomsoever Thou willest Thou causest to draw nigh unto the Most Great Ocean, and on whomsoever Thou desirest Thou conferrest the honorof recognizing Thy Most Ancient Name.”

~Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah

Alisa is an Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Baha’i, she serves her local community through hosting artistic prayer devotionals and thoughtful dialogues centered around the needs of the current times. She prefers to shoot still scenes that invoke feeling, and her favorite living thing to photograph is children.

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  1. Leili

    2 January, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Incredible photo, quotation and description, Alisa!