1 : done or being in the air : being off the ground: such as
- carried through the air (as by an aircraft)
- supported especially by aerodynamic forces or propelled through the air by force // a plane becoming airborne
- transported or carried by the air // airborne allergens
2 : trained for deployment by air and especially by parachute // airborne troops
We’ve all had enough of airborne 1c lately, at least with respect to viruses, so today, thanks to Merriam Webster, let’s talk about another kind of airborne: supported especially by aerodynamic forces.
In this category, the Big Guy notices aircraft; I notice dragonflies and birds. A trip to White Lake last weekend offered all three but I only got photos of the latter two. That was enough.
Dragonflies are close to hand, but a little skittish. Identifying them is not my long suit.
By contrast, ospreys hang out for long periods in huge messy conglomerations of branches at the tippy-top of tall conifers (Look waaay up!) on uninhabited shorelines, accessible only by boat. A gently rocking boat. So, although they stick around for longer than the dragonflies, they present their own photographic challenges.
The sitting-in-the-deep-nest part isn’t particularly striking but the getting-into-the-nest part can be spectacular, as the osprey transitions from being airborne 1b to being tippy-top-tree-borne. Merriam Webster is silent on this latter adjective but you get the idea.