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Sunday, August 2, 2009

FEAR OF FLYING?

I dread flying, but on my flight to Portland, I suddenly realized that, seated by the window facing East, with the plane's wing providing an interesting angle on the clouds and landscape below, I was able to see some stunning landscape through the porthole. And I had a digital camera in my handbag! So, why the heck not? I started snapping photos. My fear of flying disappeared.

Here are some of them, beginning with my first view of the Rockies.






I've always loved looking at cloud landscapes from a window seat. Several of these cloud terrains were especially seductive.





I like to imagine stepping out into an endless landscape of clouds.




And then through the clouds I could see Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, as we approached Portland.










As we descended into Portland, I snapped a few final photos.



The river is the mighty Columbia!



This one I captured seconds before landing.


4 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

I love flying as long as I can have a window seat. But I never tried taking pictures -- these are amazing, especially those lase one of the mountain --Mt. Hood? I mean, breathtaking!

Glenda said...

Kay, I am not a good flyer either, but I always want a window seat. I've taken photos from the plane and clouds fascinate me. These are especially interesting and the mountain poking up through them makes for a great shot, I think.
We had planned to cruise the Columbia and Snake rivers this fall. Maybe later.

Jessie Carty said...

those pics are fantastic! can i use one for http://lookupguys.wordpress.com ?

i have developed motion sickness as an adult so now i have to sit on the aisle whenever possible :(

Kaye Barley said...

Ooooh - what wonderful pictures!!!

i hate to fly.

Maybe 'cause I remember when I worked for the airlines (back in the day . . . ) and flying was so much more fun than it is now.

A party in the sky.