2012 Launched

For a couple of years I’ve had a small copy of this painting on my wall.  It reminds me of one of the photo challenges for January:  Launch.  On this last day of January, I want to show it to you.  It’s a blogging analogy.  On 1st January I started this blog, lifting off in colourful company.  Some float with me, some observe from solid ground.

René Jean Le Moine, ‘Chateau de la Muette’, 1783


The hot air balloon launched at the Chateau de la Muette was the first untethered manned flight.  It was invented by the Montgolfier brothers;  thus, in French, it’s called a montgolfière.  The painting above is part of the National Library collection here in Canberra.


Like this week’s photo challenge, the following poem and its miniature illustration also have a peaceful theme.  My father was in the Middle East in 1941 thinking about the sun rising in his home country.  I give you the first of four stanzas.

From the anthology of Ron Bruce.  Poet unknown,  illustration by Ron Bruce 1941