2002.06.23

Symphony of light

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Back.

The entire flight back from New York City featured spectacular cloudscapes, but the most fantastic was during the final approach to Seattle. In the rays of the setting sun, the cottony puffs gathering above the city became glorious halos of yellow light surrounding deep violet and grey bodies. I know it was probably a trick of complementary colors, but it was almost the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

A bit of a tense moment when, as we approached the runway, the plane suddenly veered left and started heading due west. Nervousness mounted for a couple of minutes, until the PA sputtered to life:

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the flight deck. Just to let you know what’s going on: they turned us in way too early to make that landing safely. We’re going to turn around and make the approach again.

Thank you, SeaTac Air Traffic Control.

On the bright side, the change in course allowed a final, glorious glimpse of the top of Mount Rainier poking through layers of coulds awash in orange and pink light. Just above its peak was the enormous full moon. I made a quick sketch of it, perhaps I’ll scan & post it if I get the chance.

Aside from the little ATC snafu, a perfect ending to a wonderful weekend.


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