Keep Your Eye on the Horizon

Phil Cooke | 11/20/2018 | Staff
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Early in my career I was hired to film the aftermath of a devastating tornado that ripped through a broad section of Kansas. While I was there with my crew, we became friends with a farmer who also owned a crop dusting business, and he let us use his plane to shoot the storm damage from the air. I remarked to the pilot about how farmers plant their fields in such straight lines. If you’ve ever flown over the Midwest you know what I mean. Rows and rows of perfectly straight, geometric lines.

The farmer replied that it was simple – when he plants, he looks at the end of the row – the horizon. He said if he looked down at the actual row, he’d wander all over the place, but by keeping his eye on the horizon line, he’s able to keep his bearings and sense of direction.

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