Monday, 9 January 2017

Flight from Frankfurt to Madrid: Views outside the Windows

While travelling, some of the most breathtaking landscapes and scenery aren't viewed on the ground, but in the air. Sometimes night time and clouds obscure the views underneath the windows, other times they feast our eyes with the best of scenes and so often unexpected.

Don't sleep if you are lucky enough to have a window seat on the flight from Frankfurt to Madrid. Especially in the last half an hour before touchdown.

Even clouds that obscure the view down below can give you some nice cloudscape.

Cloudscape over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline
Clouds that float above a sea of cloud like birds

And they're far more changeable and varying than one might think.

Cloudscape over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline


The icecap mountain range below was taken about some 20 mins until touchdown. So it may or may not be the Pyranees. Regardless, it's quite a grand vista.

Mountain ranges, Aerial view of over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline


These isolated peaks are far closer to the north of Madrid, taken about 15 mins before landing in Madrid airport.

Ice capped mountain, Aerial view of over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline


As we got closer to the ground, individual (gigantic) man-made objects begun to be discernible, like these wind turbines.

Aerial view of wind turbines over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline
Wind turbines emerged out of the clouds like some beansprouts in a fog on the ground

Aerial view of wind turbines over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline
Wind turbines that are installed along the sides of a winding country road

Wind turbines are post 20th century windmills, and these windmills are located on the La Mancha region of Spain. If you're a Spanish or is familiar about Spanish culture, you would be smiling right now by putting these 2 things - windmills, and La Mancha - together. In case you forgot, let me refresh your memories: Don Quixote (aka the Ingenious Man from La Mancha), and the most capricious scene of his charging of the windmill.

There'll be more - much more - about this in my other posts on Spanish travel. Don't you worry about it, my amigo.

Getting even closer to the ground.

Aerial view of wind turbines over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline


As we continued to descend, and about 8 mins countdown to the Madrid airport, a mountain lake came into view.

Aerial view of mountain lake over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline

Aerial view of mountain lake over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline


In the 5 mins countdown, i spotted something that's unexpected, perhaps surreal. I saw a couple chimneys rose above the clouds. Either the clouds were very low, or the chimneys are taller than the beanstalk in the children fairytales, or that the factory where the pair of chimneys belong located atop a mountain or some high plain ("The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain").

Aerial view of chimneys above the clouds over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline
Holy smokes !!!


Just in case you don't see it clearly, here's another photo of it from another angles.

Aerial view of chimneys above the clouds over northern Spain from the windows of a commercial airline
It's white smoke, we've a new Pope! (ok, the same Pope joke).

You see? You never know what you're gonna see! See? Si!

About 3 mins until landing, even the individual road could be made out.

Aerial view of road over northern Spain from a commercial airline


Looks like some clouds are pouring over a mountain cliff like a waterfall.

Aerial view over northern Spain from a commercial airline


Or that a village was being devoured by the encroaching clouds...munch, munch...yum, yum...

Aerial view over La Mancha region, Spain


Only a few mins now, i could hear the wheels cranking out of its belly...

Aerial view near Madrid airpot, Madrid, Spain

Aerial view near Madrid airpot, Madrid, Spain


Finally, airport sighted!

Airport, Madrid, Spain


This flight was such an eye-opener. Even after the plane had completed its landing, when i looked out of the window, i saw this jumbo-jet made its landing that was accompanied with a sheet of fog above its wings due to condensation of vapor (if i understand the physics correctly).

You don't normally see this (at least not me after years of jetsetting). The weather condition has to be right (especially the humidity and temperature).

jumbo-jet made its landing that was accompanied with a sheet of fog above its wings due to condensation of vapor, Madrid, Spain





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