Monday, 29 June 2009

from 40,000 feet ...

We leave the Abbotsford Airport and turn south. The Fraser River spreads out across the rich delta farmland.
We are soon over the Gulf Islands and the Olympic Penninsula.
Boaters below head out on a sunny day.





The Cascade Mountains are still capped with snow ... resembling waves with white caps.
Mount Saint Helens is clearly visible.
It erupted in 1980. http://www.fs.fed.us./gpnf/mshnvm/ You can view the mountain and learn about the impact on the area.
Crater lake reminds us of a volcano that blew thousands of years ago. http://www.nps.gov/crla
One of the wonders of the world, you can drive around the rim and look two thousand feet down to the clear blue water in the collapsed dome of the volcano. The lake is almost two thousand feet deep - the deepest lake in the U.S. The Klamath native legends match the geological science, telling of the 12,000 ft. Mount Mazama that blew a mile off the top ... 7,700 years ago.
Soon the land flattens out and a curious lanscape blossoms with green and yellow circles. Fields grow in the circular range of irrigation.
And then, the red hills appear, as we head into the Las Vegas airport.








1 comment:

Judy Alexander said...

Ohhh.....I love taking pictures from airplane windows! I think I have some of these same shots from a trip we took from Atlanta to San Jose last summer.