A flight to San Francisco, September 8,
On September 8 I was on an American flight from Chicago to SFO and
sitting with some very nice people. As usual, I had the window
seat so I could check out the view and take some pix if anything struck
my fancy. The ladies in my row liked some of them and I offered
to make them available to view or download.
Fulfilling my promise, here are some thumbnail pictures from that
flight, with descriptions of what I remember the pictures to be.
Clicking on the smaller picture should take you to the larger original
photo if you want to see, but be warned, each original is at least 1 MB
in size. My new Sony Cybershot DSC-P200 is pretty nice, 7.2
Megapixels with 3x optical zoom, or as high as 14x digital zoom if your
picture is only 640x480 (1 Megapixel). You'll see an example of
that in a shot of a house from 31,000 feet.
And yes, a few are upside-down or sideways, because the lens is on the
left side of the camera, and in order to capture the shot without the
window frame in the view, I turned it over to shoot it from the right
side of the window, figuring it's easy to turn around if you want to do
Here's the general path we took, courtesy of Flytecomm.com:
Some clouds about half an hour after takeoff from O'Hare
Some farmland, probably still Illinois
More Farms, same area
A 14x zoom of a house on a farm
A farming area about 1.5 hours into the flight.
A more hilly area about 2.5 hours into the flight. Northwestern
A mountain range a few minutes later. More Colorado?
Over the range shown above from a distance
A farming area, including farms using circular pivot
About half an hour later, so maybe this is Utah?
A lake about 3.5 hours into the 4:15 flight.
Some interesting land a few minutes later.
Over the mountains, into the Bay area, 20 minutes from landing.
Seeing how good the zoom is on the trees
East Bay, part of a water treatment plant maybe?
Coming in for a landing, here's the city with one of the bridges.
It's not the Golden Gate.