Oakland to LAX. April 2014 (5 photos)

Usually when I fly south, I sit on the left side of the aircraft. This time I chose the right. Instead of the sweeping views of San Francisco and the Peninsula, I got a nice glimpse of Alameda and some offshore clouds as we banked south.

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The two sections of the city of Alameda. In the foreground, Bay Farm Island, which isn’t really an island, and across the channel Alameda Island, which is an island but didn’t used to be.
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The mid-section of Alameda. Note Coast Guard Island in the middle of the photo.
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An offshore spring weather system.
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And before you know it, the Channel Islands come into view and you’re entering SoCal.
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Crossing the Santa Monica Mountains. Note Lake Sherwood in the bottom of the screen, an exclusive community whose residents include Tom Petty and Britney Spears.