Life at 35,000 Feet

Scrolling through my Instagram feed during the holidays, I realized that I take a lot of pictures from airplane windows.

There are two reasons for that.  First, I fly a lot.  Almost 250,000 miles in 2016 alone.

Second, I usually choose a window seat.

When the movie "Up In The Air" came out in 2009 (wow - has it really been that long?) - I loved the opening montage that consisted of aerial views of airports.  I commented to Scott that I recognized most of them from the city skylines, runways or configuration of the terminals.

It can be a challenge to get good pics when flying.  You need the convergence of a window seat, nice view, clear weather, smooth air - and the elusive clean aircraft window - to capture decent pics.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last year.

Flying out of LaGuardia Airport, it's rare to get a nice low-altitude view of Manhattan.

Yet another day in which the combo of decent weather and a clean window enabled a clear photo after takeoff.

No words to describe the beauty of Mount Hood, Oregon...

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...or the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.

The clearest shot I've ever gotten over Los Angeles. (Can you spot the "Hollywood" sign in this photo?)

Phoenix - with a nice view of Camelback Mountain.

When you fly American Airlines most of the time, there are ample opportunities to get snaps over downtown Dallas.

And finally - a sight that never gets old:  the approach to LaGuardia on a clear day, with downtown Brooklyn in the foreground, and downtown Manhattan in the center.  There's no place like home!