In plane view


Photo by Joel Achenbach

When I fly I try to get a window seat, usually, both because it’s easier to sleep and because I like to keep an eye on the world below, just to make sure it’s not pulling a fast one. Here’s a view of the Ohio River, which looks like a river of fog. It was a cold morning, the first real rush of Arctic air, and the warm rivers of the East boiled up a lot of fog. Note the steam from the power plant in the lower left corner.


By Joel Achenbach

If I could fiddle with this picture with Photoshop I could make the contours jump out. These are the Rockies of Colorado — I think. Sadly, the government funding problems have prevented states like Colorado and New Mexico from painting the state boundaries clearly enough to be seen from airplanes.


By Joel Achenbach

That’s a canyon. I don’t think it’s the Grand Canyon, though, because I don’t see any tourists or helicopters or rafters. But maybe it is. The scale of things can be hard to figure out from 35,000 feet or so. I need an app on my phone to tell me what I’m looking at.


An ocean of clouds.

 

Joel Achenbach writes on science and politics for the Post's national desk and on the "Achenblog."

national

achenblog

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments

Sign up for email updates from the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

You have signed up for the "Confronting the Caliphate" series.

Thank you for signing up
You'll receive e-mail when new stories are published in this series.
Most Read National

national

achenblog

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Joel Achenbach · October 25, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.