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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 1:08 PM by Ayame-Kenoshi:iconayame-kenoshi:

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:iconayame-kenoshi: Some thoughts from Toby (Ayame-Kenoshi)

"If you could have any super power, what would it be?" I think it's a question we all have to answer at some point. We're innately curious about the unknown and enjoy diving into the depths of imagination. We know it's not possible, but we can't shake the question of, "What if?"

I don't think my answer has changed since I was asked as a child. I never saw much need for invisibility. I don't think I would enjoy being a mind reader. And sure, shooting laser beams out of my hands would be fun, but there's something that I've always been drawn to more.

I would like to fly.

To me, flight represents freedom. It's the ability to travel around without borders, coming and going as you please. I initially associate it with being closer to nature, as well, something I really love. With modern transportation, the desire to fly is a little closer to becoming a reality. Still, until we sprout wings, it looks like flight will remain a dream. 

Keep dreaming and flying, my friends. :damphyr:

Clouds by mfish-artWhat about you?
- What super power would you want?
- What does flight represent to you?
Share your thoughts in the comments!



Imaginarium by DenChetto  'Flying Tigers' Col. Edward Rector by rOEN911  Nellis Viper by AirshowDave  Aviators Linework by jennygraf  Panda Revolution X2 by xiaobaosg  Eye Spy by Andrew-Graphics  Airplanes by Anemone-Lia  Million Years Sunset by Shimmering-Sword  Above the clouds by Spidersaiyan  Tim Weber Aviation Nation II by AirshowDave  Tropical Descent by ekster


Large birds:

:thumb256320079: a movement authority by johngiannis27 A bird by corsuse spatola by Kristinaphoto Bald Eagle flying low by twombold These Wings of Mine by FriendFrog Flying Owl by Lupinicious Owl by JessyPhotography En pleine tempete by JessicaSansiquet Greenwing in Flight by meihua  Muro Vulture by medli20



The birds by BattlePeach Radiance by windfalcon :thumb185718820: Warre by hontor  Oh sh-t!!!!! by JustV23  Myster by Sunima :thumb131689500:  flying castle by armandeo64  Flying fox by shorty-antics-27  Dream of Flying by vantid  Flying. by senpai-tuba  Puppy in the Skies by Nora-Cintra


Views from flight:

watching the mountains 2 by uae4u Secluded in the Woods by JindrichLisy High Above 4 by MaxPaynet  - Behind the Trees - by ldinami7e  Fantastic Romania.3 by sagefille20  ShiCheng - 1 by DawnRoseCreation  Clouds factory II by Christine-Muraton  Early morning by Addran  winter sunrise by Lunox-baik  The Golden Gate to Heaven by louieschwartzberg


Text art:

FLY by Trapiki High Flight by karambolera Angry Birds - Red Bird by Cleniver We Cry by RenzGFX Bird by 4ox-y :thumb137669624: :thumb156602435: 



Flight PatternsSarah sat in her apartment bedroom with her head in her hands. She was torn between feeling intense anger and weeping sorrow. She'd been fired from her job today. Not that she was terribly disappointed about that; she hated her job. The people she worked with were all assholes who gossiped more than old ladies at bingo. She'd been confined to a cubical, expected to work eight hour days that were never long enough to get all of her work done, so she'd ended up staying extra hours or coming in early and of course she'd been salaried so she didn't get paid for those extra hours. Her boss had approached her earlier that day around lunchtime. He'd pulled her aside into his office to inform her that because of her lack of ability to work with her team members and because she was falling behind in her work that he was going to have to let her go. Sarah hadn't argued, didn't say a single word to the large balding man, but had simply gone back to her desk, packed up the few personal items she h  FlightIt's a start (you tell me)—
—a bird, life lived in
an open cage
with wings clipped.
not nearly trapped, but
close enough.
The night creeps in
and the door slips shut; I'm ready
to fly away.
What can we do,
but sing
cacophonous: here,
there is a rattle of bars
and a crash of drums
in the darkness. Ringing high
and true, crisp in the nighttime frost
I shed my flight in the fall
so the winter might ravage me, raw.
The last few shreds of down flutter
to the cage floor,
and I am gone.
Cages and mirrors,
both are as lakes of ice:
These things are children of our own vanity.
The abyss is only as deep as we allow it;
The winter only as cold as we ourselves become.
Besides, what good is an invincible summer
without a bit frost from time to time:
little veins and veils of white,
settling down on the last mottled days of fall;
this child (of my vanity) will not be soon forgotten
in the bitter trailing edge of autumn's warmth.
It's better this way, in
fragmented doses—
  Waiting.I stand, I wait,
I watch, I wait,
I look, I see, I wait.
So are big, some are small,
Some are fast, some just crawl,
I watch them all,
As I wait.
Some are welcoming, some are not,
Some remembered, some forgot,
But I watch them all,
As I wait.
I feel them, as they pass me by,
I hear them, whisper goodbye,
I listen to them all,
As I wait.
But there will be one,
Who will welcome me in,
Who will free me from this sin,
And I will wait no more.
For as I fall, I will break,
I will give, and you will take,
And I will wait no more.
I will open my arms, I will take flight,
I will know, that moment is right,
And you will watch me, as I fall,
As I will ask forgiveness just before,
The moment I will wait no more.
But for now,
I stand, I wait,
I watch, I wait.
  FlyWho dwells in the high reaches
Has far to fall but much to see.
Be quick to catch at clouds
That race the wind and listen
To the tongues that rivers speak.
  To a FledglingA bird in flight must be aware of the night
Ere, in its might, the darkness cause fright
Darkness conceals the dangers they fight
And can easily lead them to a land of blight
A star or two might lend their light
But can't always be guides through their flight
In order to live, birds must continue their flight
Even when it means flying through night
All may seem to be kinder with the light
But darkness falling turns all things to fright
Darkness shrouds the world in evil and blight
But they cannot give up, no they can't, they must fight!
Long and hard it will surely seem, this fight
But each bird must not- cannot- give up his flight
They cannot surrender, they must carry through blight
It is true, they must and will face many a fright
And confront many dangers as they fly through the night
But they'll know it was worth it when they come to the light
The sun will shine in the land of the light
Proving it was worth every fight
All the fright
The long flight
The dark night
Each foul blight
  Fly AwayLet me escape
I want to fly
Fly away to a faraway land
My struggles erased
Don't tell me it's too far
Honestly, I don't care
I need to spread these wings
That have been clipped for so long
  Fly up into the big blue'Fly, fly up into the big blue sky.
Let them all know we're all still alive.'

I was once told a long long time ago that if I believed, then I could reach my biggest dream.
So I packed my bag and searched far and wide to the source of my dream keeper. I knocked on many doors and received many more laughing replies. Because they all thought I was crazy, nuts, stupid, that my dream was an impossible diamond to catch.
But what do they know?
My quest was worth it.
Along the highest mountains I sought it out, along the widest oceans and the deepest volcanos. No place, nowhere was too scary or beyond my reach. From city to city, town to town, village to village, from house to house. I did it all, not leaving a single rock upturned. I breathed it all in, trying to learn, to come closer to what I needed and wanted.
Years, many many years have past since then and not until five decades of searching did I realize that what I dreamed, what I had been seeking I had become, the reality of my
  The Little SparrowHer name was Emma, and she wasn't afraid of falling. For as long as she could remember she had been jumping - always plummeting. She understood the laws of nature: no matter how high she climbed, gravity would always carry her back to the ground; gravity would always grant her momentum to fall and wind-resistance to float. She understood why birds had wings and humans didn't; it was because humans would just as soon leave, and they belonged on the ground.
They always called her a little sparrow, always trying to fly, but they never understood that she didn't want updrafts or wings, she only wanted to scale walls and scurry up trees, to test the limits.
She wanted to throw herself from rooftops and swan dive from balancing bars, challenging inertia and gravity and the laws of motion. She wanted to cannonball into puddles and see if the ocean caught her, or if she merely fell through the earth  to the steaming, bubbling core. She wanted to lift up her arms in triumph, her hair
 :thumb280293062: :thumb276857899:

Group shots:

Caerlaverock Geese1 by Coigach :thumb277639320: In Formation by alk3girl666  .12.01.23. by dasTOK  Follow no leader by T1sup  The Geese-nado by FramedByNature  Birds 1 by Tomboy-125  Flying Umbrella Pandas by sobeyondthis 


Small birds:

FEED ME by thrumyeye Holiday Birds by Andoledius Chubby Cardinal by shaguar0508 Pounce.... by quaddie undie bird by gurliebot Sun and Snow by SunStateGalleries  setting sun by violetkitty92



Resting Hoverfly 2 by MaddLouise  Tank by Latrodectus-Pallidus Img04330 by tigerelune Followed by a shadow by Allerlei butterfly on hibiscus by cloe-may It's a dragonfly... by michael-ray :thumb277906812:



Plagued City by MonsterBrand Mel et fel by Marristia I'll fly with you by steee94 Flying Nimbus-Color Wash by ChaseConley  Angel Inarcerated by TheMeridianOfInanity  Angelic winter by DarkVenusPersephonae :thumb276994854:  ___48 by sinix :thumb16017042: :thumb137338760:  Long ago by untamed-fox  flying by LukeShannon

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dw817 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What ? No invisibility ? That's the super-power I would want.

I've always wondered how the world would appear to me if people thought I wasn't there.

It would be - curious - to see - and learn from ...
saphireta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
JikeArts Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to fly anywR and swim with breathless worry!!!ahahaha!!!
dw817 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Go get 'em tough guy !
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
I would want my super power to be shape-shifting. As for flight... I have no idea... sounds like fun though =P
dw817 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you could change shape, you could fly, clearly. :)
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yes, I know... ;) But I was just thinking if I only had the power of flight, not shape-shifting. =P

I guess I was thinking, on epower at a time...
dw817 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember lifting an injured bird one time. They are so incredibly light in weight.

It's hard to believe something that fragile can exist in the world.
shelleybelly1111 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it ! all wonderfully creative people
DeeAshrafTaha Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah, I love flying... to me it represents freedom and happiness.
I've always dreamed of flying with wings above the ocean. That wonderful sight of the ocean and the sky meets at the horizon and the wonderful wind going through my hair and my wings feathers, touching the clouds, and descending slowly to touch the water with my hands is always what I imagine and dream of feeling one day.
davidanaandrake Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Writer
:3 I love flight too. I'd choose flying. I could go and visit my adopted family overseas and come back without need for money. I could see things no one else has seen. Maybe even help others if I could fly with additional weight. It's freedom to me.

Nice Features by the way. :hug:
AdramelechBlackFlame Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i would like immoretality. i was asked when i was five, that was my answer then, and its mine now. the reason being that i would have more time, time to do, lern, and try everything i want to try. i happen to know that even if i lived for three hndred years and then dided, i still wouldn't have been able to try everything i've wanted to do in the last few months. this was genuinly apparent to me at the age of five.
ilifino Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
LinusGale Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Not a pegasus pony in the Fantasy section? dA, I am disappoint.
AdramelechBlackFlame Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
as am i. (i'm also glad you didnt call it a unicorn, alot of people think that they are the same, and merg them.)
LinusGale Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Wings = Pegasus
Horn = Unicorn
Wings + Horn = Alicorn
AdramelechBlackFlame Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm, the people i am refering two dont know of pegasus an think a unicorn has wins as well as the horn. if they said 'Alicorn' my perfectionest nature would forgive them. as it stands, i cant do that.
ok321 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
behappy1990 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I would love to be able to speak and read EVERY language in the world, fluently. I love different cultures, and people are always so happy when you can speak their language.
MischiefSoarer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I would want to be able to use 100% of my brain power, allowing me to 'absorb' and process information quicker and effectively. It also allows me to learn at a faster rate, and retain knowledge. So basically my brain could be like a computer... :) Hopefully this power would also open my mind a little wider, expanding my horizons about the world around me. :D
lesailesdelucas Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
....... I forgot...hehe...
And the title of my short will be STRONGER ARE MY WINGS !
les ailes de Lucas
lesailesdelucas Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm freaking out !!! lolllllllll Since a month I am working on a personal project
talking about my dream since I am a child....FLY !!! And I am preparing a short film
for the 2012 VIMEO FESTIVAL + AWARDS ! I am sooooooooo HAPPY to see that
FLIGHT is the main subject here !!!

les ailes de Lucas
finnicky-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
for super power i would want to be able to change forms into animals. and to me flight meens soring above the earth, the wind cold against my face. i wish i could fly!
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So much cool flight :D Thanks for including my work!
meihua Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Wow, great feature, and thanks for including my macaw shot in here :D
NyaFaithNya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm.. well if a super power i'd like to talk to animals so i could help them and talk to my dogs. :D
TiamatHeart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to have the ability to absorb knowledge that I will touch something and after that I went around the world and I shared it with other people for good and for free:)

Very useful topics:clap:
autobotchari Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"what does flight mean to me..." A lot of money and time well spent in that cessna 172 ;p
kaichi1342 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I Like all the Artworks here.

I have the same answer as you. Flight, the power to take off to the sky.
For me the color of the sky, blue, and the clouds represent tranquility and to be able to be in that heights. To fly there in full freedom. The ability to travel and explore freely and unbound.

If given a chance I want to travel into different parts of the world.
MeiCheng Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Flying is something I fear and I am passionate about at the same time...
Even though I've been flying since I could hardly talk, it still amazes me :happycry:
odogidydog Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
well.....if i could have a power it be to create anything i want out of darkness. why? because i mostly am awake at night and then i wouldn't have a need in the world. what does flying mean to me? freedom. no one to hold you down . if your ever in a bad place you can just fly away and never come back and no one would be able to stop you.
SkyGateCreations Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O ....*favs almost the entire "aviation" section* so many pretties! *.*
Gaulgothic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Writer
If I, the insignificant, mean and obscure person that I am had a superpower or two or three - it would be to teach the world to see and hear, to sing together, to create and do things that they never dreamed possible. If I had superpowers, id teach the whole world how to get superpowers and effectively use those powers to spread my disease - I would teach the world how to not even hate HATE or fear FEAR. I'd teach them the value of history and show them how to be OB - 1kinobees and yoda's. I would teach the world the value of respect and what true love, honor and nobility mean. I would teach the world so many things. I would, I should, I could. I'd teach the world the true meaning of the word "Amen". If there is a God... Well... amen. and a boop boop be doo Oh, yeah, I'd tell the world what that smell is.
massivemachine Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Shapeshifting. That would be freedom, even if I couldn't go as far as changing into flying creatures like birds and so on. Even shapeshifting between all imaginable kinds of human would be great. To not be chained to your body... (even though I'm not really unhappy in my body in any way). You could change your body to resemble the inner you at a particular moment. It would also open up new views, seeing how people's behaviour changes in response to what you look like. Overall, it would be useful for all humankind to have this power for a while, see how life is like in a different body.
OrangerDucker Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
*randomly favourited
OrangerDucker Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Wow thank you so much for the feature, I was wondering why it was getting randomly featured ^^;
lovelybunny90 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll like to talk to animals and plants, sometines they aren't properly listeng to. Also, been able to breath under the water there are so many amazing things hiding there.

Flight represents to me a scape, it's nice to think that i could reach a place where I can reflex and be alone for a while.
Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome feature! I don't know what Superpower I'd get... Good luck would be cool. So would Ninja fighting skills. Been watching Charmed lately - The powers to Orb, freeze time and telekinesis sound cool and practical.
Formel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Super power? Eh, no thanks... But flying does sound the nicest, maybe with an added bonus of surviving without oxigen and in vacuum. Then I'd go: "Space here I come!" :w00t:

What does flight represent to me?
Freedom, yes, but maybe seeing things differently too... and less traffic jam. :D
Noodleishious Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I would love to have the same ability as Darwin from X-Men first class. I could explore the ocean down to the bottom everywhere! Walk/run or maybe even dig through the jungles! It would be amazing :D
3wyl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, really nice. :nod:

It'd definitely be my first thought! :dummy:
Egil21 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Since I was a little child my biggest dream is to fly!
:clap: Brilliant feature, thank you for sharing!
Werewolf9098 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Flight :( I just wanna be MiG pilot :( but my teeth are just like toilet, and my sinuses are dripping pipes :(
superichino Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
- what power would you want?

well.. umm...
human and animal pheromone control :3
so i can manipulate emotions
Samuel-Ray Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
What super power would you want?

to be like rayman. your hair in to a choper, able to fight your enemies from far away and having no limb. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME :iconawesomefaceplz:
RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
- What super power would you want?

Invisibility or Barrier Projection. Or a combination of the two. It just sounds awesome <3

- What does flight represent to you?

Being a pilot, I'll go ahead and say the same thing all the others do: freedom. Also, perspective. It's a viewpoint that really doesn't feel like it's just a physical difference. It's really liberating being up there, even when it's not me in the pilot's seat.
VOiCE-SiGN Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'd want to see. Expecting for the end of this endless history... That's all.
DarkLordsDaughter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd want to be able to teleport to any place instantly. I'd be able to visit people whenever I wanted including my Boyfriend who lives 6000 miles away. I'd also never be late for anything again ^-^
Flight for me represents something unknown but exiting. I've never flown in an areoplane before, but I'm going to this summer. The thought both makes me excited and nervous.
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bettams Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i would love to be a little bee just seeing the world like they do it just seems an easy life just flying around all day s
from paula
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