Still Learning To See

Window seats

I don’t fly as often as I used to, thankfully, and yet, whenever possible, I still choose a window seat on the shady side of the plane with a clear, non-wing view. The only unknowns are how clear the window will be and what will the weather be like. Almost always, in my estimation, the view from a window seat is better than nearly all the available movies!

This is some of what I saw on a recent trip on a route from Chicago to Salt Lake City.



I love seeing the endless patterns and abstractions of the natural world.

Also fascinating are how those patterns are nearly always mixed with human-made patterns, sometimes minimal, sometimes complementary and at other times obliterating.


The colors are often muted by the 30,000 feet of atmosphere, a fact that often makes adjusting the color in Lightroom challenging. But it is a world of remarkable color, whether subtle shades of brown, gray and white…


…or more bold ones where rivers have cut away into the mountainsides to reveal red and yellow.

This window seat “movie” is often full of delightful textures that, honestly, are beyond imagining—just one more reason why you’ll nearly always find me looking out the window.


This entry was published on January 7, 2019 at 12:31 pm. It’s filed under John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Patterns, Photograph, and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Window seats

  1. Karen Dailey on said:

    Once again, I love seeing through your eyes and lens…and am amazed at the lovely blues on the mountain ridges and on their shaded sides. Thanks for another day brightener!

  2. We were fortunate to have great viewing nearly the whole way! Never a guarantee and always a delight.

  3. Dianne Shullenberger on said:

    Never a dull moment with your eyes. You can make a airplane trip display lovely art from nature. Dianne

  4. Deborah Leu on said:

    Great collection! I always get a window seat, too. As you say, it’s more interesting than most movies – even if I don’t get cool shoot.

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