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Driving to the Canberra Airport, I
suddenly remember I have a fear
of flying and question whether I
can go through with this.
Reminding myself that this is a surreal
experience not to be missed, my fears are
cast aside as I make my way to the airport.
Approaching the helipad, the drizzly
weather is making me very uneasy, but
despite the poor weather, the friendly and
outgoing pilot, Jackson Simm, assures me it
is safe to fly.
The photographer and I go through the
safety procedures and in the face of my fear
of flying; we pile into the small machine.
Siting in the back seat (I’m too scared
to sit in the front), the nervous chatting
begins as we prepare for takeoff.
In no time at all, we are soaring up in
the air and I soon forget about my flying
insecurities and am excited to be in the air.
Sitting in the backseat is great as you can
still see everything, unlike a plane.
The recent rain has turned the grass and
trees a bright, luscious green and with the
unusual cold, foggy day it feels as if we are
touring Ireland rather than Canberra.
My preconceived misconceptions about
Canberra are diminished as we fly over
Lake Burley Griffin towards the city centre.
The lake is bursting with life with
joggers out for their morning run, local
sailors enjoying the perfect breeze and
workers are busy preparing the city for the
busy week ahead.
As the helicopter hovers and moves away
from the city I see a different side of my
hometown; even the Ferris wheel which I
see every February in the lead up to the
from the sky
PICtureSque: the stunning view of Lake
George from the sky.
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