CBBH Photo Challenge: View from an Aircraft

I love taking photographs through the window of a plane. Sometimes there is not much to see, or the view is blocked by plane parts, but other times it can be sublime. When we were coming in to land in Bhutan we dropped down close to the vast Himalayan mountains, eventually flying along a winding narrow valley before executing a sharp and short landing at Paro. Can you see the snowy peaks in the distance?

Himalaya Bhutan

Himalayan view,  Bhutan

This year we flew to Lord Howe island twice, or three times if you count the day we turned back in rough weather. The window was partly clouded, hence colour is not reliable, but here is a view of the lagoon and one end of the very small island.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Coming in to land at Sydney we circled over the north of the harbour, flying over Manly and the north shore before turning to come down over the inner western suburbs. People looking out of the opposite side of the plane would have seen the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, as I have many times before.

Manly, Sydney Harbour

Manly, North Head, Sydney Harbour

This window is gloriously clear, a new plane on route to Singapore. It was a wonderfully comfortable and smooth flight, epitomised by this peaceful photograph of the wing and the clear blue sky.

wing from the window

wing from the window

This month I would like to share Northern Narratives with you. Judy lives in Minnesota and takes wonderful photos of nature and the world around her … she also knits and sometimes writes about wool and colour, fascinating for me as it is something I used to enjoy, but don’t get to any more. The other is an Australian blogger, Jenn who lives in Qld, and shares her words and photos at The Serenity Space. Hop on over to visit these lovely blogs by women sharing their life, hopes and dreams! Check out Marianne’s blog too and join in the monthly blog hopping challenge.

blog hop

Story Challenge: I is for Instruction

Travellers all over the world are given instructions on safety every time they board a flight. We all hear, over and over again how to fasten our seatbelt, how to brace in case of an emergency landing, how to inflate our life vest and blow the whistle, what to do with the tubes that drop from the ceiling to supply oxygen, and so on. Some flights have a video, some have multiple demonstrators, some like the small plane to Lord Howe Island have only one flight attendant and she also gives all of the instructions and demonstrations. There is a card in the seat pocket in front of each person that includes diagrams and information to make sure it is all clear.

We are about to travel for five weeks from Australia to Europe and Ireland, and home via Singapore, so we will have many opportunities to hear the safety instructions, on different planes and in different countries! I expect they will all be the same. Check out other I stories at http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/story-challenge-letter-i/

Until our return I wont be visiting your blogs, I will miss you and look forward to catching up in October. I wont be posting on Heartfelt Images, but you might see some travel photos on dadirridreaming if you look.

PS This is my 100th post on Heartfelt Images 🙂