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...
...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!