SWA Flight, Las Vegas to Reno, Apr. 3, 2017


One very rewarding aspect of air travel that takes you over  familiar landscapes is the opportunity it gives you to see and identify particular landforms and landmarks from above. I have enjoyed photographing such on the many flights I’ve taken between New Mexico and the West Coast, all of which can be seen in other posts on this blog.

On April 3, 2017, Kathy and I flew from Albuquerque to Reno by way of Las Vegas, to meet Kathy’s daughter Laina and family in Truckee, CA. For the Las Vegas to Reno flight we chose window seats on the left side of the plane, based on the presumption that those seats would afford us good views of the Sierra Nevada – and indeed they did. We flew in a northwesterly direction, gradually getting closer and closer to the Sierras. The views were nothing less than spectacular. All photos taken with an iPhone 6S.

To the southwest, Death Valley (1:24 PM)

Looking west, the upper end of Death Valley and the distant Sierras (1:27 PM)

To the southwest, Mt. Whitney and satellite peaks are seen in the center of the photo, as a dark line of peaks sitting above large snowfields, with clouds beyond (1:34 PM)

To the southwest, Mt. Whitney and the Palisades. To the west, Owens Valley and the White Mountains (1:41 PM)

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Fishlake Valley, NV, with center-pivot irrigated fields, on the east side of the White Mountains

Looking to the southwest, Mono Lake, Yosemite NP and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (1:50 PM)

The valley of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes and the Sawtooth Ridge. The Sawtooth Ridge is located in northern Yosemite NP (1:53 PM)

The East Walker River flows from Twin Lakes into Bridgeport Reservoir, and then out and into Nevada a few miles below the dam. Kathy and I have enjoyed excellent fishing in the Rosachi Ranch section of the river, seen immediately below (1:53 PM).

Topaz Reservoir, on the West Walker River (1:57 PM)

Lake Tahoe and Heavenly Valley Ski Area (2:03 PM)

Lake Tahoe and Homewood Ski Area on the far side of the lake (2:05 PM)

Mt. Rose Ski Area (2:07 PM)

Mt. Rose Ski Area and the southern fringe of Reno (2:07 PM)

The span of time between the taking of the first and last photos was 43 minutes.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to SWA Flight, Las Vegas to Reno, Apr. 3, 2017

  1. Jackson says:

    Great set, Steve! That’s Fishlake Valley, though, not Deep Springs (we don’t have circle pivots). DS Valley is visible in that shot a bit higher up on the left edge, with the prominent lake playa at the far end. One of those pixels is our house!

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  2. believesteve says:

    Thanks. I’ll amend that.

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