Window Seat Photos OAK-LAX, July 25 & 28, 2014 (18 Photos)

Due to a flight cancellation and a 2.5 hour delay, I got out of OAK much later than I like to. On the plus side, the early evening sun silhouetted the mountain ranges in both NoCal and SoCal nicely, providing great definition that even an iphone could capture. It was also a chance to enjoy magic hour above L.A.

It was an uncharacteristically muggy July in the Bay Area, and as I learned it was significantly more humid in L.A. I was startled but not surprised when on early sunday afternoon there was a nasty thunderstorm that discharged its electricity in the shallow water just south of Venice Pier. Where I was, the ground shook and car alarms went off. As I later sadly learned, one swimmer was killed by the lightning and more than a dozen others received injuries.

A flotilla of container ships, with beautiful San Bruno and Santa Cruz Mountains in background.
After takeoff from OAK, a flotilla of container ships with beautiful San Bruno and Santa Cruz Mountains in background.
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San Francisco International.
McLaren Park, southeast San Francisco.
McLaren Park, southeast San Francisco.
A virtual relief map of southeast San Francisco.
A virtual relief map of southeast San Francisco.
Golden hour north of Los Angeles.
Golden hour north of Los Angeles.
Banking left over Malibu.
Banking left over Malibu.
National forest land north of L.A.  Tiny Lake Piru is visible directly beneath the point of the nearer flap track fairing (the pointy pod-shaped thing). Castaic Lake is the V-shaped body of water beneath the further flap track. Piru is in Ventura County, Castaic is Los Angeles County.
National forest land north of L.A. Tiny Lake Piru is visible directly beneath the point of the nearer flap track fairing (the pointy pod-shaped thing). Castaic Lake is the V-shaped body of water beneath the further flap track. Piru is in Ventura County, Castaic is Los Angeles County.
A sweeping view from West L.A. north. From nearest to farthest: Rancho Park Golf Course, Century City, L.A. Country Club, Streetwise, that's PIco separating Rancho Park from Century City; Santa Monica Blvd running in a straight line north of Century City; and Wilshire Blvd curving off north of Santa Monica Blvd. That gleaming body of water atop the  Santa Monica Mountains is the Stone Canyon Reservoir. Beyond that is the entire expanse of the San Fernando Valley covered in a light haze. At the rear end of the flat expanse of the San Fernando Valley on the left side are what I think are the Santa Susana Mountains; on the right is the San Gabriel range. That dip in between the two ranges is Newhall Pass, where the I-5 leaves Los Angeles County heading north toward the Grapevine and where the Antelope Valley Freeway begins. Note that the silhouetted ridges of three more Transverse  mountain ranges are visible in the upper right of the photo beyond the San Gabriel range.
A sweeping view from West L.A. north. From nearest to farthest: Rancho Park Golf Course, Century City, L.A. Country Club, Streetwise, that’s PIco separating Rancho Park from Century City; Santa Monica Blvd running in a straight line north of Century City; and Wilshire Blvd curving off north of Santa Monica Blvd.
That gleaming body of water atop the Santa Monica Mountains is the Stone Canyon Reservoir. Beyond that is the entire expanse of the San Fernando Valley covered in a light haze. At the rear end of the flat expanse of the San Fernando Valley on the left side are what I think are the Santa Susana Mountains; on the right is the San Gabriel range. That dip in between the two ranges is Newhall Pass, where the I-5 leaves Los Angeles County heading north toward the Grapevine and where the Antelope Valley Freeway begins.
Note that the silhouetted ridges of three more Transverse mountain ranges are visible in the upper right of the photo beyond the San Gabriel range.
Another nice  perspective: West L.A and the I-405 in the foreground The Valley behind it. And for all I know, those could be the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the horizon.
Another nice perspective: West L.A and the I-405 in the foreground The Valley behind it. And for all I know, those could be the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the horizon.
A softer horizon, harder to tell where the mountains end and the clouds begin.
A softer horizon, harder to tell where the mountains end and the clouds begin.
Magic hour above Gardena.
Magic hour above Gardena.
Hollywood Park racetrack. Closed at the end of 2013 and soon to be demolished.
Hollywood Park racetrack. Closed down for good at the end of 2013 and soon to be demolished. Some call it progress.
The 405 at magic hour. No traffic!
The 405 at magic hour. No traffic!

 

Less than 24 hours before this photo was taken, lightning from a freak thunderstorm struck the water just south of this pier, killing one swimmer and injuring over a dozen others.
Less than 24 hours before this photo was taken, lightning from a freak thunderstorm struck the water just south of this pier, killing one swimmer and injuring over a dozen others.
Castaic Lake.
Castaic Lake.
The curve of Santa Monica Bay. It looks like barely anybody lives there.
The curve of Santa Monica Bay. In this light, it barely looks populated.
Above Malibu.
Looking down on Malibu.
Home.
Home.

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