On September 26, I flew Southwest Airlines from Albuquerque to Oakland. This route usually provides views of the Grand Canyon and the Sierras, but the vagaries of seating in the plane, the clarity of the windows, the time of day and the presence or absence of clouds determines what kind of photos I get.
Clouds covered most of the rest of New Mexico and Arizona, including all of the Grand Canyon. But, I did get this view of the gorge of the Little Colorado, which here runs right to left through the center of the photo.
And, west of the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead showed up.
I spotted the following two sights in western Nevada, which I later ID’ed with Google Earth.
Then, with mostly clear skies. we crossed into California, flying to the south of Mono Lake, and over Yosemite NP.
The plane passed directly over Yosemite Valley, and then left the High Sierra behind. We then flew over the Tuolomne River.
New Melones Dam floods the Stanislaus River. This is where, in 1973, the river conservationist, Mark Dubois, chained himself to a rock, to protest the dam.