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Aerial Pictures of the Pacific Northwest

Narrative

The last time I flew from Denver, Colorado to Seattle Washington I was fortunate enough to have nearly cloud free weather during the entire flight to the Pacific Northwest.  During the return flight I mostly had great weather as well.  Below is a series of pictures I took from my window seat during both of these flights.  This first picture is from the tarmac as the plane is preparing to leave Denver International Airport:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Here is a view of the vast farm fields and growing suburbs to the north of Denver:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

The flight I was on traveled north into southern Wyoming before flying west over the Rocky Mountains:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

The Rocky Mountains in southern Wyoming are very dry compared to most other section of this great mountain range:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

As the plane began to fly over the Rocky Mountains in Idaho there was much more vegetation and water that could be seen:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

The Rocky Mountains in Idaho looked rugged and beautiful from the air:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Eventually the Rocky Mountains gave way to the high plains again as we began to fly over eastern Washington:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Next I saw the mighty Columbia River flowing through eastern Washington that provides the water for the region’s farms:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

We next flew over the Cascade Range.  Out my window I could first see the 12,281 foot Mt. Adams and the 11,249 foot Mt. Hood further out in the distance:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Here is a closer look at these two potentially active volcanoes:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

As we continued to fly over the Cascades eventually the currently active volcano 8,363 foot Mt. St. Helens came into view:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Here is a closer look at Mt. St. Helens:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Next the king of the Cascade Range came into view, the 14,411 foot Mt. Rainier:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Like the other nearby volcanoes Mt. Rainier is also considered potentially active as well as very dangerous due to its proximity to the major population center of Seattle and Tacoma:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Here is closer look at the glacier covered slopes of this gigantic volcano:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

It is only a matter of time before this volcano blows again at some point and hopefully we have the technology to accurately predict when it will happen with enough warning to evacuate people:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Seeing Mt. Rainier from the air has only further motivated me to want to climb this peak one day:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

Soon after seeing the awesome views of Mt. Rainier the plane began its descent over the Puget Sound to the SEATAC International Airport:

Aerial Pictures of American Northwest

This next picture is from when my plane was taking off from SEATAC on my flight back to Denver:

Picture from Seattle to Denver Flight

It was cloudy on the flight back to Denver thus I was not able to take any pictures until the plane began to fly over the Rocky Mountains that run through Idaho:

Picture from Seattle to Denver Flight

From the air the Rocky Mountains in Idaho look quite beautiful and I made mental note that I definitely need to go explore this part of the United States in the future.  After passing through some clouds again I was able to get some pictures on the final approach to DIA.  This below picture shows the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park:

Picture from Seattle to Denver Flight

I was even able to get a picture of the beautiful Estes Park with the mighty 14,259 foot Longs Peak rising above it:

Picture from Seattle to Denver Flight

Here is a closer look:

Picture from Seattle to Denver Flight

This final picture once again shows the vast farm fields to the north of Denver before we eventually landed at DIA:

Picture from Seattle to Denver Flight

Conclusion

I always enjoy being able to get some good aerial pictures when flying.  I was lucky that the weather was nice for most of the time I was in the air.  Flying over the western US always motivates me to go out and see more of it.

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