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“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” Leonardo da Vinci said that, and he wasn’t wrong. Of course, not everyone enjoys flying but I can think of few places that leave me feeling more inspired and more awe-struck than the skies.

I’ve chased the setting sun across the Arabian Sea, skirted the north pole sharing the night sky with the spellbinding northern lights, and watched forest fires scorch the earth in the wilderness of Colorado. I seen Mount Hood cast a sunrise shadow on the clouds below its formidable peak, watched fireworks flicker across London as the city celebrates Guy Fawkes night, and sat spellbound as clouds flash below me in the dark loneliness of a North Atlantic storm.

Like de Vinci said, I truly do walk the earth with my eyes turned skyward, and tomorrow I’ll take to the skies once more. This time heading east to Croatia with my brother. So ahead of that journey I thought I would share with you all the first of a series of pictures I have taken from aeroplanes.

Please feel free to comment, ask questions about the pictures, or share your own flying tales. I will post part 2 of this series sometimes in the future. In the meantime, why not come and take to the skies with me without even having to leave your seat.

The window seat

Mount Hood sunrise

[Above] As the sun rises, the peak of Oregon’s Mount Hood punctures a dense blanket of cloud that covers Portland and surrounding areas below. As the plane climbed the peaks of Mount Adams and Mt St Helens were also visible.

[Below] Forest fires burn in Colorado sending vast tales of smoke in the air. I lost count of how many fires I saw on this flight. Some were small, some were vast. We followed the smoke trails as they spread for hundreds of miles across the United States.

Forest fires in Colorado

Looking down an New York City

[Above] Manhattan, New York City. To the left of the picture you can see the twin towers of the world trade center. I have a fascination for skyscrapers and since I was a boy I always wanted to stand atop of one of those twin towers that stood head and shoulders above the other buildings in the city. Many time I flew over New York City, always able to identify it easily from the cut out of central park. It was years before the actual day I was able to realise the ambition of standing on the roof of one of the twin towers.

[Below] A lighthouse on one of Victoria’s islands in Canada. On this pleasure flight I was able to sit next to the pilot which was a huge buzz for me. The plane took off and landed on water!

Canadian lighthouse

Green rivers

[Above] Green rivers thread their way though the desert which almost seems alien from the air.

[Below] Irrigated cop circles stretch across the desolate landscapes of the deserts in the west of the USA. They reminded me of bad carpets from the 1970’s. I couldn’t imagine what it must be like to live in such a small and seemingly completely isolated community.

crop circles

more crop circles


Living in England I get to see more clouds than I would perhaps like. Somehow from the ground a cloud rarely seems as magnificent as it does from the skies. It’s funny how I’ve never grown tired of looking at them though, from the window I stare at mile upon mile of the uncharted wild and changing formations. They look so peaceful and inviting set against a clear blue sky.

“For there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” De Vinci was right indeed.

Waving at planes
One such moment
The beauty of a storm
It’s seven thirty
4000 miles to Christmas