As you have probably noticed, I have been a bit absent over the last week with no new blog posts and very little social media interaction. Half of this was due to taking a couple vacation days and spending some time with family over on the Palouse and followed up by a work trip to southern California that turned into a bit of a travel nightmare, but did lead to my being able to make this image.
I was supposed to fly from the Ontario, CA airport to Oakland and then on to Seattle Wednesday evening. Unfortunately my flight to Oakland ended up being delayed by about 4 hours and Southwest Air re-booked me on a flight the next morning that took me through Phoenix on my way back to Seattle. I agree, going to Seattle through Phoenix from SoCal is a little out of the way, but I have made the Phoenix to Seattle trip enough times that I knew if I sat on the left side of the plane I would have some nice views of the mountains as we headed through Oregon and Washington. For this flight, I even picked a few rows back from the wing so I could get the colorful wingtip in the image. The only variable to my plan was the weather around Mt. Rainier, you just never know what you are going to get. The weather was perfect as we got to the mountain, but then the pilots did something that was really an added bonus to the trip.
Most of the flights I take into Seattle have us going to the north of the airport and landing to the south. When you do this, the flights stay quite a ways to the east of the mountains until they make their turn into Seattle, but on this day we landed from the south, which means that we actually flew around the mountain, literally. This affords a fairly close view of the north face that you typically don’t get to see from above.
While the work trip ended up being a travel nightmare, the silver lining was my being able to plan out a shot and then getting an even better image than I had hoped for. I hope you like it, and if you do, please share a link to this blog post. Also, if you work for Southwest Air, I would be more than happy to license the image. :-)