I have been flying for over half a century and still feel like a kid – I request window seats and can spend a whole flight staring out the window like an idiot. I like to try to find places I’ve been – plus find interesting spots. My first action on getting somewhere is to pull up Google maps and try and figure out some landmark that I spotted.
I have never thought of bringing a good camera along… have to do that next time.
These are really, really great photos!! Beautiful scenery across the US. I have never seen those places in person but I’m sure they were amazing! Merci for sharing and Felicitations for being freshly pressed!
Wow, these pictures were taken out of an airplane? Those tiny little windows?? Fantastic. I love the idea of this too, splashing paint across the usa is a very visual set of words to go along with the incredible pics. Nice!
Thanks for commenting. Some shots were taken from large commercial airplanes and some from smaller short run planes. best shots are usually just after takeoff or descending to land.
Much as I also love the landscape images, my favorite is the shot of the gleaming metal wing and propeller! I have a similar image I took while coming into Toronto in a prop plane. Planes are just as gorgeous.
One of my favorite things to do is look out a plane window and see the marvelous landscapes below– your post is filled with stunning shots of what’s “down there.” I wouldn’t be surprised if you used them as part of a book or art display– well done capturing God and man’s wondrous creation!
Amazing, I love shots from the air and these are all seriously beautiful! I remember flying from Ethiopia to London and we were flying low over Egypt and I managed to capture some pyramids in the dessert with my crappy little point and shoot camera…it’s so cool to look at things from a different angle!
The fifth photo shows stunning point bars in a meandering river – where is that from? Check out my weekly series on interesting geology from the air called “Geology on the Wing Wednesdays”… here is one of point bars, the features shown in your fifth photo:
Awesome pictures! The countryside looks like a giant work of art
I’m also really interested in both drawing-painting and photography! Both these interests are present on my blog : http://clearlyhomemade.wordpress.com
Congrats on being freshly pressed!
The circles of green irrigated fields are like those you see flying into the valley where I am an artist, Bozeman, Montana. That photo of the green foothills in June near Salt Lake City is more green than I’ve ever seen in Utah! Well done.
air shots are tricky–high elevation, limited view (if you’re sitting in an airplane) but these are so stunning! i sometimes like to go on google earth to view how certain places look like from above; the contrasts of city/town and farmland is interesting, and shows more than just simple geography! looking forward to seeing more of you work.
beautiful! i’ve taken a few shots from planes….but they never turn out even a fraction as great as those! thanks for sharing. i fly a few times in the next few weeks so i’ll see if i can manage something worth posting.
Beautiful! I have some friends who are pilots who bring back some nice shots, but those mostly look like exactly what they are – taken through a window of a moving object roughly 10 seconds after he went, ‘that’s cool I should take a photo’. These are rather majestic, congrats on being able to score such fabulous shots. Sometimes a bird-eye-view makes you appreciate the beauty you would miss from the ground!
Wow! These are just gorgeous! I always love that bird’s eye view you get when you are flying above and everything looks as small as an ant hill. It’s almost surreal looking down and seeing everything beneath you.
The 5th photo from the bottom is the one that gives me butterflies. When I look out an airplane window and see those perfect squares of various green like that I know I’m home, in Iowa.
Thanks for sharing these fabulous photographs.
Thanks for your comment.
I’m using a Pentax K20D with 18- 250 Pentax lens or Vivitar 28mm manual lens.
No matter what lens, sharpness is compromised by 3 layers of plastic window – which also creates flare and distortion.
I wish I had your same collection of photos and travel experiences! I’m just beginning my journey to all the hidden gems across the U.S. but have learned the world is at times both big and small. With so much going on in cities all across the world–how do you choose where to explore next?
Thanks for commenting.
These shots are all from the airplane window. Landing and taking off are the best times to take photos – particularly if the plane banks and you happen to be on the down hill side.
My ideal flight would be right across the country at about 30 degrees, or even better a hot air balloon! Always love flying.
You show the colors, shapes & lines of the earth as the beautiful design elements they are, we don’t get to see it in this form.Thanks for sharing these amazing photos. They remind me of a book “Earth as Art”.