Cloud Banks and River, USA

Black and white aerial landscape picture of clouds and river, USA

Cloud Banks and River, USA

On a recent flight, I amused myself taking pictures of the thick cloud cover that dominated the sky, hoping that the directional top lighting would make for some dramatic contrast and interesting cloud studies.  And then the thick cloud cover parted just long enough for a small patch of sunlight to fall on a forking section of river below – serendipity at its finest!

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Rocky Mountains through Clouds, Colorado, USA

Black and white aerial landscape picture of Rocky Mountains through clouds, Colorado, USA

Rocky Mountains through the clouds, Colorado, USA

One of my problems when taking pictures from a commercial flight is figuring out afterwards exactly what I’ve taken a picture of, especially if I’m not familiar with the location.  In this case, a quick look at the flight tracker and google maps showed my flight only crossed one significant mountain range, so I feel confident declaring this is a picture of the Rocky Mountains – more exactly, part of the Southern Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

I could see the thick clouds settled over the mountains as we approached, so didn’t hold out much hope of getting any pictures – I was pleasantly surprised to find some photogenically located gaps in the clouds as we passed over!

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