Friday, January 20, 2012

Spectacular Chugach Views on Flight from Anchorage to Portland

The flight cancellations over the last couple of days due to snow in Seattle and some ice and heavy rain in Portland meant the flight was packed.  But it was sunny and crystal clear in Anchorage - and -5˚F didn't matter. 

So just lean back and enjoy the views.

Icy Cook Inlet

Foraker (l) and Denali 150 miles to the north

Glenn Highway North at Eagle River

Lots of Snow on the Chugach Mountains

This is about 12:30 pm.  The sun is getting higher on the southern horizon, but still low enough to cast these long noontime shadows.

Remember, these are all taken through the not totally clear plastic windows of an Alaska Airlines plane, with a small Canon Powershot that I have to reset for distance for each shot.  (I'm sure there's a way to make it stay.)

Fjords into Prince William Sound

The captain said we were flying over Cordova, otherwise I wouldn't have  known.  We went there by ferry last summer and it looked totally different.

If this one were near Anchorage, I would say it was the pattern of the waterways at low tide.  But I'm not really sure.  It's off shore.  But is it low tide or just frozen solid?  Here's another one below.

And soon after this we were flying over clouds until we got under them to land in Portland. 

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