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Doing A Da Vinci — If Only Leonardo Could See This

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:41 AM

More than 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci tried to imagine what it would be like to soar over mountains, to dip, to glide like a bird. He'd sit on Italian hillsides, sketching, imagining, dreaming. In 1502, he drew one of the first ever, looking-down-from-the-sky panoramas of the Earth — in this case a bit of Tuscany, as if seen by a high flying eagle.

Leonardo da Vinci/wikipaintings.org

Well, if only Leonardo had hung around to see this. Because this is the real deal: a real eagle, living in the alps, near Chamonix in France, is fitted with a teeny camera and microphone and like a feathery magic carpet, we get to hop on its back, wind whistling in our ears, and off we go down a river gorge, oh-so-close to tree tops, along a mountain road, over the heads of three pitiably small tourists, into a woody glen, where — darn! — just as we're about to touch down (and I'm wide-eyed at the effortless of it all), the camera switches off and ... oh, well. The first minute and 24 and a half seconds are glorious.

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Comments [4]

Barbara

just flying awesome!

Mar. 28 2014 04:16 AM
shashank from banda (u.p)

awsm video..!!

Sep. 23 2013 11:54 PM
lakshman from kathmandu

nice post. nice video.

Sep. 23 2013 09:42 PM
Jeff from San fran

But what's the back story here? This video has gone viral, but who is this trainer? Are there more videos? How did he do it? Is it really legit? Guessing these answers are out there. Just gave not found them yet !

Sep. 22 2013 06:56 AM

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