Holding an aircraft in the air is not the demanding part but rather landing the thing again and this is why a pilot has to practice this part over and over again and will probably never get to the point (at least for a private pilot) that it becomes a daily routine and one landing will be almost perfect, the next one a little harder, and you can also see this from the ground and you think ups this guy became a wind sheer from the side or forgot to set full flaps etc. etc. When you do landing practice the pilot very often does “touch and goes” which means they touch the ground, give full power and take off again. When this is the case and Benno does his landings I have a little extra time to watch into the back yard of others.
In this picture I was sitting in the backseat as the instructor was by his side and they did all sorts of strange things like landing with no flaps etc. etc. but it gave me the freedom to take some pictures without being in “charge” to observe the sky for other pilots that approach with you and especially in urban areas where the airspace is tighter than in other places it is a wise thing to have four eyes.
This picture reminds me so much of different friends I have in the States and Canada and how difficult it sometimes is to find their streets if you have no navigation system with you while driving along. My outlook address book has little remarks referring to a friend’s address saying things like “exit xy when entering San Jose, turn right at the next stop light and follow xy road until you see the Movie Theatre on your right, turn left and go all the way down until you see three palm trees and this is where you have to turn left, follow xy road, go over three stop signs, take a sharp curve to the left until you see four houses on the right hand side, the xy’s house is the third” …
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robertosalguero (288) 2008-08-10 1:44
Interesting patterns created by suburbia. The soft colours make this image look almost like a painting. Nice point of view and excellent details from such a height. The view is clear and pleasant. Nice work Barbara.
Floydian (30970) 2008-08-10 2:42
While i am packing i peak on TE till i saw this one...SimCity ;-)
Only you can bring such images from above so always interesting to see the world from above in lines we normally don't see.
What do you mean no flaps, that seems almost impossible, must be a part of the practising in landing and taking off again. Anyway, you had a nice view....lucky you ;-)
Take care, Henk
xavshot (69835) 2008-08-10 2:48
cela ressemble effectivement à un jeu de construction. j'aime bien ce point de vue qui domine et le graphisme de cet ensemble.
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-08-10 11:10
das interessante an diesem Bild ist der Verlauf der Strassen. Ungewöhnlich für einen Europäer, aber ziemlich effizient. Es erinnert mich an diese teppichartigen Strassenpläne, auf die die Kinder Lego-Häuser draufbauen.
Danke und liebe Grüsse, Christian
wolf38 (31296) 2008-08-10 12:06
Hallo Barbara. Ein interessantes Bild. Von oben photographiert wirkt alles wie eine Spielzeuglandschaft. Wenn ich das Bild betrachtet, muss ich ungewollt schmunzeln. Aber: andere Länder, andere Sitten. Ein sehenswertes Bild. Viele Grüße, Wolfgang.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-08-10 12:31
When I see this I think Simcity at once, I used to be a great fan of this game now with TE no time left, but eveytime I'm about to land somewhere the Simcity image comes back to me as it is the case with this image. Oh, and I see Henk is another afficionado as well :-)
Habe es heute doch geschafft nach SG, Arbon und retour über Heiden-Trogen-Herisau, Bodensee Ufer hat wie franz. Riviera ausgesehen !
Schönen Abend, hoffentlich hast Du genügend Sonne als Vorbereitung für eine graue Woche auch eingesammelt ! JY
zeca (19762) 2008-08-10 20:14
I like the point of view a lot! It really looks like a video game view! Well done!
ktanska (28707) 2008-08-11 2:34
Wonderful view of suburbs and planned environment. Good angle more or less on the same direction as those roads. Funny to see that the biggest differences on estates is the size of trees.
Nicou (148412) 2008-08-11 7:15
Très gros gros plan sur ce quartier de maison, avec ces routes, ces toite, ce arbres comme de boules verte, j'aime beaucoup cette route comme un fer à cheval, superbe.
Belle soirée et bien à toi
avene (12675) 2008-08-11 9:34
awh, Barbara, do you know what you (and Henk and Jean-Yves for that matter too) have done?! I had happily fogotten about the SimCity, but now I have to go and find it, and hopefully be smart enought NOT to spend the WHOLE night playing it, since I have a friend coming to visit me on Wednesday and I HAVE to get my apertment look presentable... if my friend complains about sticky floors and pizza boxes, I'll tell her to send all grievances to you :))
jokes aside - lucky you, the views you get are unique. like here with everything looking like tiny toys. the light feels a little harsh, but on the other had it fits well with the cartoon-like feeling of the scene. I especially like that perfect square of the road, so impossibly neat, exactly like in SimCity :))
p.s. we're going to Yellowstone at the end of the month. yeee-haaa!!!
gunbud (34066) 2008-08-11 17:37
Very pleasing lines to the carefully planned suburban neighborhood.
Everything looks uniform which each house very similar.
Excellent clear colors and sharp details to this fine image.
Must be alot of fun to view things from the sky.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-08-11 20:02
An aerial view is always an interesting POV. Here you have captured the essence of suburbia in North America.
rodgerg (55767) 2008-08-12 4:52
a beautiful lesson of geography indeed this photo shows in a precise mode how the human organizd the urbal landscape. A very good framing and well composed.
crhieatt (5347) 2008-08-12 10:47
I see you've had a few "Sim City" comments already on this - but I have to echo that all the same - it's uncanny!
It always seems to me that American addresses are rather straightforwward - it's usually a numbered grid, and 32nd street is, well, the 32nd street!
In the UK, "Swithcombe Avenue" could be just about anywhere in town.
aadilj (18102) 2008-08-14 4:38
Thats almost like a satellite image and a child's play at the same time. I love the lights and the heus that you have managed with such sueprb balance
plimrn (21344) 2008-08-14 7:46
Wow has Grand Junction changed since I last saw it many years ago when we used to ski in Aspen. Just look at all those pools in a snow area!!
A GPS is the only way to go, when we were in Ireland the GPS only had maps for the Republic and not North Ireland. However, even though we could route ourselves to an address, the GPS weould still tell us the names of the upcoming streets - a HUGE help.
robiuk (10807) 2008-08-15 2:58
At the moment I'm negotiating borrowing a Sat Nav for when
I go to Spain next month as I'll be driving to Portugal
(for the first time) and everything's alright, but I fear
losing myself in Lisbon, so that's why I hope a friend of
mine will lend me his Sat Nav, so I don't waste time driving
in circles once in Lisbon!
I'm surprised you had to use ISO 400 for this shot...?
MarcT (20964) 2008-08-15 23:25
Interesting POV. Tell me: Is it allowed to take pictures from a plane, like that? Any legislation about it?
Buin (42502) 2008-08-17 1:33
Ein sehr interessantes Foto - aber die Leute sitzen sich dort dort ziemlich "auf der Pelle". Mir gefallen die vielen vielen Einzelheiten, die man hier erkennen kann. Man guckt ja fast "in die Privatsphäre" ... ;-))
Grüße aus dem sonnigen Siegen!
axiotea (21651) 2008-08-17 1:59
From this altitude the city looks like a miniature model! The bright light and colors are very attractive and I like the graphism provided by the row of the houses and roads.
P.S thanks for your humorous critic on my last post...
brevbrev14 (140) 2008-08-18 5:41
ciao dear Barbara, very good high POV!
it reminds me at the game MONOPOLI...do you know it? i don't the english name of this game..
i hope you are fine!! :))
Waylim (25436) 2008-08-21 10:43
This is very typical American suburbia view. I like the POV, it look like a maze and I just want to draw line on them see if I can go from one end to the other with out making U turn which I alway do here. I drive somewhere and oops, there is not exit, dead end and make a U-turn. Love the colors here, great sharpness, clarity is great, not like in LA.
Angshu (56760) 2008-08-21 21:00
The patterns are interesting as seen from your aerial POV...looks like a giant gameboard. A perfect example of urban planning with nameless streets, quite graphical with those houses. The parked cars looks like models. I liked the last para of your note...as always your notes are a great read!
sebinho342 (19317) 2008-08-25 9:11
Hi googleearth Barbara, a pleasure to appreciate your shots seen from above, it has a sim city aspect this picture, another difficulty for american is that a lot of houses look like a lot ! I love your last paragraph ;-)
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-09-02 0:15
Baba flies, and how!
SimCity-like view, amazing clarity. I don't know how you do it, but you do it and that's all that matters. Great catch, a perfect mix of All American patterns and feeling.
I'm unfortunately off to my work now, back to hell after a few weeks of Paradise...
Have a wonderful day, see ya later.
Stepan (27210) 2008-09-27 0:25
Good title for that bird moment... The place looks like a model, the white and green tones are interesting together and graphic... So... suburban !!
- Copyright: Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) (8829)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-06-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: NIKON D 300
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-10 1:36