Libertad

It’s easy to take freedom for granted if it’s never been taken away from you.

As I watch the Chilean miners slowly being lifted up to the surface again- to safety and their loved ones,

The tears running down my face,

I wonder if they feel as if they are up there in the sky

Flying free in the tangled ribbons of the heavens.

I imagine that sunlight and air and freedom never tasted so sweet.

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62 responses

  1. We complain about grey skies, yet we should be glad we see them at all. I think many people have learnt a lot from this episode..

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    October 14, 2010 at 15:42

  2. How true…it’s easy to take our freedom for granted. I too, thought some of these same things as I watched. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words and photos. Hope your day is sweet. XX

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    October 14, 2010 at 15:47

  3. Beautiful words and photos. You captured it all so well.

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    October 14, 2010 at 16:22

  4. SirPe

    Perfect pictures to capture the feeling!

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    October 14, 2010 at 16:42

  5. Amen.

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    October 14, 2010 at 17:05

  6. i imagine so as well…i was celebrating right with them as i watched them come to the surface…lovely pics that capture that freedom well…

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    October 14, 2010 at 17:16

  7. It’s truly an amazing story.

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    October 14, 2010 at 17:54

  8. such an amazing story with a very joyful ending. i’m sure each and every one of them will view life in a new way from now on.

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    October 14, 2010 at 18:06

  9. I am always rewarded when I stop by here–thanks.

    The coverage of the mine rescue has been a nightly part of our routine as well.

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    October 14, 2010 at 18:07

  10. That’s so true.

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    October 14, 2010 at 19:36

  11. ah.. so true.

    and of course I cried. and had the feeling of watching a rebirth. it was sacred.

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    October 14, 2010 at 19:57

  12. Blu

    It has been a wonderful ending..bravo technology!

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    October 14, 2010 at 21:57

  13. It’s impossible to imagine what the miners have endured. So moving to watch the rescue. Your photos and words are beautiful.

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    October 14, 2010 at 22:19

  14. Very well said. It is an amazing story … and I’m sure those miners will never take the fresh air and light for granted ever again.

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    October 14, 2010 at 22:43

  15. What an amazing rescue it was, too. I also sobbed through each time I saw one of them surface. Beautiful photos and thoughts.

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    October 14, 2010 at 23:05

  16. Sometimes we need a reminder of how sweet and necessary freedom really is. Your sky shots with the birds flying free is an apt metaphor, Fi.

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    October 15, 2010 at 02:48

  17. That first picture made me gasp. The sky looks so spectacular.

    Wishing the Chilean miners peace.

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    October 15, 2010 at 03:27

  18. Jen

    That perfectly sums up a lot of our feelings.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    October 15, 2010 at 04:24

  19. I love how the world celebrated this together. Your pictures and words are a beautiful expression of the feelings we all shared.

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    October 15, 2010 at 04:57

  20. *APPLAUSE!!!!!!*

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral
    >

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    October 15, 2010 at 05:15

  21. Beautiful pictures and tribute! I can’t even imagine being underground with no sky for one work shift… I think they were unsung heroes even before the cave in. The whole world is rejoicing with their families.

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    October 15, 2010 at 05:26

  22. Thank you for such a lovely tribute and for your gorgeous skies! I felt such joy at knowing they were free at last to see the skies, the world, their families! We are indeed all rejoicing with them all! Have a beautiful weekend!

    Sylvia

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    October 15, 2010 at 05:36

  23. Freedom! Yes, freedom! Who can take it for granted indeed! But only those who suffered agonies from any form of tyrannies.

    The heart-stopping and momentous event of the Chilean Miners Rescue Mission “where humanity still exists” – truly has brought tears to my eyes. Unbelievably, the intricate moment of carrying out such a delicate mission also has touched my daughter’s heart as we both watched the ordeal throughout the live coverage from Copiaco, Chile.

    And what a fitting tribute of your skies to these men who were saved from the lion’s snare (death) buried almost 700 meters below the ground.

    A lesson of faith, trust and hope for all of us as your photos depict.

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    October 15, 2010 at 05:51

  24. Amazing skies.

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    October 15, 2010 at 05:57

  25. Awesome captures.
    It is a great escape for miners.

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    October 15, 2010 at 06:16

  26. Clap. Clapping. Still clapping for the miners getting out safely. Fantastic skywatch Friday post.
    Joyce M

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    October 15, 2010 at 06:25

  27. Mar

    Beautiful tribute!! I am very moved, thank you!

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    October 15, 2010 at 07:45

  28. Yes, your birds flying free can remind us that it is sometimes easy come, easy go, and in the case of the miners, they didn’t know which it would be until the last man reached the surface.
    Wonderful things still happen in this vale of tears.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada

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    October 15, 2010 at 07:54

  29. it must be quite an awesome moment for those miners to see the sky again. lovely tribute.

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    October 15, 2010 at 08:04

  30. amazing shots with beautiful words to match.

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    October 15, 2010 at 08:42

  31. Very true Fi. Your photos help sum up the freedom they must feel. – Dave

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    October 15, 2010 at 09:20

  32. a loving tribute with gorgeous photography.

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    October 15, 2010 at 09:37

  33. It is a beautiful story.

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    October 15, 2010 at 09:56

  34. what kinds of birds are these?

    As the whole world watch the Chilli miners, I feel sad when one of them has a tanish story.

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    October 15, 2010 at 10:51

  35. It’s so easy to take freedom and safety for granted. Your words and photos put things in perspective.

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    October 15, 2010 at 10:54

  36. Lindas fotos que traduzem o sentimento de liberdade! Enfim, respiramos aliviados ao ver o resgate de todas aquelas pessoas… De certo, este acontecimento não só deixou marcas em suas vidas como nos ensinou muito também… Devemos valorizar cada minuto da nossa liberdade, aproveitando o máximo com as pessoas queridas. Somente quem é livre pode ser feliz de verdade.

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    October 15, 2010 at 11:54

  37. Ash

    Dramatic glowing sky!

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    October 15, 2010 at 11:58

  38. This blog entry is one of the best I have read. Your photos and text are perfect for this week’s rescue action in Chile.
    Have a fantastic weekend!

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    October 15, 2010 at 11:59

    • Many thanks for your kind words. They leave me humbled.

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      October 15, 2010 at 12:03

  39. It was a moving day! You captured it well.

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    October 15, 2010 at 12:21

  40. Amy

    It was an amazing rescue to watch, you weren’t the only one sitting with tears in their eyes watching it! It’s not everyday we’re able to witness a miracle like that and you’re so right, you never know what you’re missing until it’s taken away and then given back…your appreciation for what was taken away goes to a whole new level…

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    October 15, 2010 at 12:38

  41. What a lovely post. Thank you for putting into words what we were all feeling.

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    October 15, 2010 at 13:47

  42. Perfect for skywatch this week, both the photo and the commentary. Thank God the miners are free!

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    October 15, 2010 at 15:15

  43. lilalia

    Started crying even before I watched the video. What a dramatic long series of events. The colours of your sky photos are equally dramatic. On days such as these, aren’t you just plain glad to be a witness to all the events?

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    October 15, 2010 at 16:05

  44. great skies. Are they brought up now. Seems I have not watched the news. 😦

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    October 15, 2010 at 16:10

  45. I could describe this sky like a deep blue jade. Very pretty!
    Sky Reflection

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    October 15, 2010 at 17:04

  46. Fantastic colours and shades! Have a great weekend!

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    October 15, 2010 at 18:36

  47. I’m sayin…..this old heart jumped for joy for them. I can’t imagine being totally in the dark and underground that long. Hubby said it would be like bein’ submerged in a submarine in the ocean depth. I pray that they will adapt well to life above well.

    Ya’ll have a magnificently blessed weekend!

    I’ve been MIA~ Lost my Daddy….

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    October 15, 2010 at 20:27

  48. Have a good weekend!

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    October 15, 2010 at 21:12

  49. I just try to imagine not to see the sky for months ! It’s almost impossible !

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    October 15, 2010 at 21:40

  50. When I’ve had a long stuffy day inside… going out for a fresh air walk is amazing … I can’t imagine how the fresh air feels to the miners! Must be incredible…

    Beautiful photos of the cotton-ball clouds and the birds~

    *happy weekend to you*
    Maria

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    October 16, 2010 at 03:17

  51. So many days underground..I am not sure I would have survived..they must have been comfortable underground..and yes..their joy in being alive was awesome..just think if everyone greeted the new day with such joy! 🙂

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    October 16, 2010 at 03:45

  52. Your photos are very beautiful! Linking them with words about the miners has made them even more lovely!

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    October 16, 2010 at 03:59

  53. Nicely done.

    This must be even more heartwarming, their rescue, for you. I understand that your grandfather was a miner…

    Pearl

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    October 16, 2010 at 04:18

  54. What a touching post and beuatiful images as well. I agree with you, at times I like to get lost in stories such as those, the ones that describe real life, stories of pain and suffering, but also of survival, beauty and love.
    xoxo

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    October 16, 2010 at 11:21

  55. Wow… very stunning shots 🙂

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    October 16, 2010 at 12:43

  56. What a sky!
    Great shots!
    Gr.
    P-TER

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    October 17, 2010 at 14:56

  57. Gorgeous photos.

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    October 17, 2010 at 18:58

  58. Very fitting tribute! Such an intense sky and the birds in flight really add a touching element!

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    October 18, 2010 at 03:47

  59. Such beautiful photography, Lady Fi.

    You know, it was so wonderful to have an entire day filled with good news…those miners being rescued seemed to bring together the whole world.

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    October 18, 2010 at 14:33

  60. Beautiful skies. The colors are breathtaking.

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    October 18, 2010 at 21:22

  61. I LOVE that house!

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    October 20, 2010 at 17:00

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