On this recent trip I managed to figure out where all of the photos were taken, and I found some pretty interesting geology and some areas with many, many meandering rivers that all look the same. It was a lengthy job, but I'm a bit weird and I enjoyed it very much!
First shot is taken flying over Skye - I can just make out the lighthouse on Neist Point below.
|This photo was taken at approx. 61.8°N , 42.0° W|
|Shadows of peaks at approx. 61.9°N, 42.7°W|
|Peaks at approx. 61.93°N, 43.0°W|
|More peaks, approx. 61.9°N, 43.1° W|
|More shadows, approx. 61.9°N, 43.4°W|
|Approx. 61.8°N, 43.7°W|
|Cracks in the ice sheet, approx. 61.63°N, 46.75°W|
|The edge of the ice sheet, at approx. 61.4°N, 47.9°W|
|Middle of the island in the foreground is at 61.33°N, 48.54°W|
|Head of the glacier (just visible) is at 61.585°N, 48.33°W|
|The peak at the bottom is at 58.72°N, 63.115°W|
|A little further west was this almost heart-shaped pair of glaciated valleys at 58.67°N, 63.97°W|
|Owl face at approx. 58.37°N, 66.08°W|
|Approx. 57.95°N, 68.95°W|
|Curran Island, 56.62°N, 76.66°W|
|Winisk River and tributary in Ontario. The big loop is at 54.66°N, 85.44°W|
|The Winisk River tributary a bit further south-west - the little lake on the left that looks like a fat white cat is at 54.39°N, 85.56°W|
|South of Lake Winnipeg - the round lake in the middle is at 50.36°N, 96.83°W|
|I'm astounded I found this! It's at 50.18°N, 97.12°W|
|This is the Assinboine River and the big loop to the left is at 49.96°N, 97.66°W|
|I dare you to try to find a specific lake in the middle of North Dakota! This is Rice Lake at 47.95°N, 101.52°W|
|Lake Sakakawea, part of the Missouri River, in North Dakota. Apologies for terrible photo quality! The point is at 47.63°N, 102.24°W|
|The bridge across the river is at 41.88°N, 109.8°W|
|The rather mysterious Texasgulf Tailings Reservoir at 41.74°N, 109.87°W|
|This is part of the Paiute Reservation in south-west Utah at 37.175°N, 113.81°W|
|The bend in the river is at 36.61°N, 114.33°W|
|The northern arm of Lake Mead, at 36.27°N, 114.4°W. It was terribly hazy by now, so the photo quality was poor :(|
|The Colorado River actually flows through the middle section of Lake Mead. Boulder Wash Cove is in the right foreground, at 36.16°N, 114.55°W|
|Crazy Las Vegas - the airport is at 36.08°N, 115.16°W|
|Pisgah Lava in California, at 34.68°N, 116.33°W|
|More lava, at 34.63°N, 116.38°W|
We flew over some more desert scenery - would love to have been down there exploring. This is near Johnson Valley, California.
|A little outcrop (possibly volcanic?) in Johnson Valley, at 34.38°N, 116.54°W|
Soon after the desert disappeared and we were back over green hills again, which is dotted with quarries and ski resorts.
|The snowy bit is Holcomb Valley at 34.3°N, 116.9°W|
We were getting close now to Los Angeles, the end of the first leg of our journey. The suburbs began to be visible, and the cloud cover grew, but I was surprised to see a snowy peak sticking above the clouds. The suburbs sprawled out forever, with areas of housing, massive factories, golf courses...
|Mt San Antonio sticking above an area called Ontario. The building with the white roof is a Walmart Supercenter at 34.08°N, 117.67°W|
|The Dwight D Eisenhower Golf Club at 34.02°N, 117.93°W|
Eventually the skyline of Downtown LA came into view, although for the remainder of the journey the buildings were mostly obscured by the pesky vapour trail. This is the clearest shot I got of the skyscrapers - fairly rubbish!
|View of Downtown LA - don't really need coordinates for that!|
Last but not least was the Hollywood sign, perched up on the hills behind the enormous city. Again, an awful photo - the vapour now well and truly ruining all my photos as we descended! The only option was to shoot as far down as possible. I managed to locate the streets below in Gramercy Park, the last part of this rather ridiculous task!
|The Hollywood sign, at 34.135°N, 118.323°W|
|The house with the cypress trees at the bottom left of the shot is at 34.02°N, 117.93°W. And there ends my quest!|
And here is the whole route, to tie it all up. It may seem a bit weird and obsessive, but the geography of our world is incredible and diverse, and there's really no better way than to get an idea of this scale from the air.
|Nice little route from LHR to LAX!|