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(8_2016)-MDWLAX-WEB-40

Clouds from MDW > LAX > MDW

The window seat is the best seat. There, I said it. With in-flight Wi-Fi available on almost every flight these days, it’s hard to resist the urge to connect to the internet and play on your phone the whole time, but for me, few things can top staring out at the clouds & landscape and photographing it from 35,000+ feet. And, maybe unplugging for a bit isn’t the worst thing…

The skies were littered with impressive cloud formations and countless storms on my Southwest flights to and from LAX, which was perfect. I’ve always wanted to fly over, above, and through some thunderstorms, and I finally got my wish.

The turbulence wasn’t too bad, but flying so close to these huge clouds was spectacular. And thanks to the app Flyover Country (which doesn’t need to be connected to the internet, btw) I could identify many of the mountains, cities, and geologic features I photographed

Here are a bunch of shots…

Fair Weather Cumulus Clouds over the plains

Fair Weather Cumulus Humilus over the plains

 

Building Cumulonimbus

Building Cumulonimbus

 

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

 

One of a kind

One of a kind

 

Under the anvil and through the clouds...

Under the anvil and through the clouds…

 

Clouds over Crestone Colorado/Eureka Mountain - a subrange of the Rockies

Clouds over Crestone Colorado/Eureka Mountain – a subrange of the Rockies

 

The summit of Mount Cumulonimbus

The summit of Mount Cumulonimbus

 

Getting Dusky over Kansas

Getting Dusky over Kansas

 

Red Rock Canyon Nevada

Red Rock Canyon Nevada

 

Popping the Pileus Cap

Popping the Pileus Cap

 

Cumulus Congestus

Cumulus Congestus

 

San Gorgonio Mountain

San Gorgonio Mountain

 

Riding along the roof of the storm

Riding along the roof of the storm at 40,000+ feet

 

The thin red line

The thin red line (maybe Burlington, Iowa)

 

Kanab Canyon / Grand Canyon

Kanab Canyon / Grand Canyon

 

Shadowcasters

Shadowcasters

 

Marina Del Rey

Marina Del Rey

 

The storm's shadow side

The storm’s shadow side

 

Dreamscape

Dreamscape