Let Me Show You Why I Am Addicted To Window Seats
If you look at my flight diary, you may notice that I had a window seat for the majority of my flights. That’s no coincidence. I always do all I can to have a window seat.
To me, the flight is already part of the trip. Seeing the world from above is a trip on its own and if you know how to open your eyes and notice the details, there are a lot of wow moments to be had.
There are many absolutely magical views from plane windows that I still remember, years later.
I decided to create this post for all the people who think it’s not worth getting a window seat because “we can’t see anything from up there anyway”. And because I find aerial photography really cool.
Anyway, enough talking, let’s jump to the images!
Flying over the eastern coast of Florida, off the city of Miami, is a real feast to the eyes. The shades of turquoise are simply wonderful, created by reefs and underwater sandbars.
On a typical hot, humid and dusty summer day, the silhouettes of the skyscrapers of Dubai – including the 828 m / 2717 ft Burj Khalifa – emerge from the haze.
They are built along the Sheikh Zayed Road, the main avenue of downtown Dubai.
The impressive and austere snowy peaks of the Himalayas, in northern Pakistan.
This scenery was really striking. At first dazzling because of the reflection of the sun on the pure white snow, the landscape quickly feels particularly hostile.
These mountains belong to the region of Kashmir, which is disputed between Pakistan and India.
A river is crossing this pretty countryside in Panama. The whitish river suggests turbulent waters that would probably make a cool rafting opportunity!
This countryside is the result of a heavy deforestation, and only some bits of tropical rainforest remain on the upper part of the image.
Flying over the frozen and snowy wilderness of Mongolia, in the heart of winter. A fantastic and fascinating scenery, enough to let your exporer’s mind wander in this immensity and emptiness.
The amazing arborescence of the tidal creeks and mouth of the Waccasassa River in the Waccasassa Bay State Park, on the western coast of Florida.
The river meeting the Gulf of Mexico seen from the sky truly looks like a tree, with curly branches. The area is only accessible by boat, and is popular with anglers.
Sea and Sand
When the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf meet a sea of sand on the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, they mix and create some kind of abstract painting showcasing a whole range of pastel colors.
Countryside in Spring
This view of the French countryside in spring is a pretty and colorful patchwork of forests and fields, with the yellow rapeseed flowers in bloom.
Aerial view of the remote mountains of the north-west of Iran, covered with snow in winter. We often know very little about all these vast landscapes that can be found in Iran, as we get fed with other kinds of images from this country in the media.
Just looking at this picture, you can almost feel the very harsh cold striking Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city in January.
The central Peace Avenue is clearly visible, as well as the smoking TES-2 power plant, contributing to the recurring serious air pollution issues that the city has to face, particularly in winter.
Flying over the dream shores of Cuba. The first picture was shot over the wilderness of the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park (Zapata Swamp) – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Nearby can be found the Bay of Pigs, where the CIA’s failed invasion of Cuba took place in 1961.
The second image shows the eastern tip of the Cayo Largo island and its sandbar, surrounded by a mesmerizing turquoise sea.
This is a beautiful view of the caldera of the Nemrut Volcano in eastern Turkey, and its crater lake in winter.
According to Wikipedia, this caldera is the largest in Turkey, the 4th largest in Europe and the 16th largest in the world. As for Lake Nemrut, it is the second largest caldera lake in the world.
It is a little known fact that there are volcanoes in Turkey, where the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. Mount Ararat, Turkey’s highest peak (located in this same region), is also a volcano.
This was of course just a small selection of the many pictures I could shot from airplanes around the world. I will probably never visit many of the places I see from the plane, but I could at least see them from the sky, and this gave me an opportunity to learn more about them!