After visiting the West Coast earlier in the month, Kathy and I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for the Holidays. The round-trip flights on this occasion provided lots of photographic opportunities. For the Albuquerque to Oakland flight we took window seats on the side of the plane that would face north, knowing that the plane would pass immediately to the south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
View of Albuquerque from the west
13 volcanic necks just east of Mt. Taylor
The eastern part of the Grand Canyon, with the South Rim visible at bottom
A wider angle view of the same area as above
View further to the west than the above photos
A wider angle view
Clouds and a greater distance from the plane precluded getting photographs of the central portion of the Canyon.
The Whitmore lava flow
A little further to the west from the above photo
The Spencer Towers are a major landmark in the lower canyon
Beyond the Grand Canyon, the Cockscomb is a major landmark
The Colorado River enters Lake Mead. The river’s current ceases at the point where the brown water meets the blue water. This landmark has been moving down-lake for quite some time now, as the the surface elevation of Lake Mead continues to drop as a consequence of diminished inflow.
Over the Sierra, with Union Valley Reservoir to the left.
New Melones Reservoir, in the Sierra foothills
Tracy (CA), in the Central Valley. Rts. 580 and 205 converge on upper left.
Altamont wind turbines, and Rt. 580
We again occupied window seats on the north-facing side of the plane for the return flight. The route of this flight is to the north of the westbound flight.
These wind turbines are found just to the north of the Sacramento River, in the area of the Sacramento/San Joaquin delta.
Spicer Meadow Reservoir and Bear Valley Resort
Sonora and Stanislaus peaks
Looking straight down at the crest of Leavitt Pk.
On the eastern side of the Sierras – Topaz Lake, on the West Walker River.
Wheeler Mountain is located to the north of Bridgeport, CA
The East Walker River, NV, downstream of Bridgeport Reservoir. Kathy and I have fished this stretch, known as Rosachi Ranch. Our campsite is marked with an “X”.
Walker Lake and Hawthorne, NV
The Toiyabe Range
Clouds then obscured the view for the remainder of the flight.