Monday, February 11, 2013

Thematic Photographic 234 - Speed

Close enough for me
Somewhere over Western Canada
February 2013
Sitting by the window on a cross-country westbound flight - WestJet Flight 509 from Toronto/YYZ to Vancouver/YVR, if we're being picky - you eventually run out of things to do. Sure, you can keep cycling through the programming on the seatback entertainment system, but staring at screens or pages for too long in moving vehicles makes me more than a little queasy. So the window offers a welcome break from the monotony.

When you're winging your way across the country, it's easy to assume you're all alone up there. Canada's a big place, after all. That assumption, however, would be wrong. As I sat by my window, an Air Canada Airbus A-320 flew by in the opposite direction so quickly that I barely had time to aim the camera, set it and shoot. I racked off four quick frames before it was gone.

The math is easy: with each plane doing a nominal 800 km/h, the 1,600 km/h relative speed was more than impressive. Still, sitting there watching this thing fly by, it was even more visceral than that. I was blown away. I scanned inside the cabin afterward - nope, no one else had seen it. Well, except for the pilots, I'm sure.

Thankfully air traffic control knows well enough to keep oncoming planes properly separated on different vertical planes. And thankfully we still live in a world where wonders like this are literally just outside our window.

Your turn: Thematic Photographic's new theme, speed, should be a fun one for us all. Take a pic that evokes the theme and post it to your blog or website. Leave a comment here so folks know where to find it, then drop by other participants to share the joy. It'll be on all weeks, so feel free to return as often as you wish: multiple submissions are always welcome. Click here for more background on how Thematic works. And have fun, because that's why we do this!

13 comments:

fredamans said...

LOVE that shot of yours. Can't help but wonder where it's off to...

http://fredamans.blogspot.ca/2013/02/speed.html

Winston Smith said...

I flew for the first time several months ago - round trip four flights total.

Even by the fourth flight I was still thrilled and excited by the whole experience... couldn't keep my eye out of the window, and couldn't imagine how everybody else on the plane could be so nonchalant about the ordeal... treating it like just another bus ride.

Then again, for somebody who has never rode a bus, I guess that would be something too :)

At any rate, I would have been checking out the speedy airbus along with you, just as wide-eyed and amazed by where technology has taken us.

Winston Smith said...

Ha. Forgot my post link...
----->here.

dean said...

I, too, have a photo of an aircraft. Mine is of one with many fewer passengers.

Bob Scotney said...

I started with a warplane http://bit.ly/X2lPho

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'm in!

I took the bus.
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Michèle Dextras said...

Here is my contribution, maybe not traditional speed!

http://hiverenfloride.blogspot.ca/2013/02/photographie-thematique-234-la-vitesse.html

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Great shot!

This theme makes me think of this post I wrote a few years ago with pictures of my son's cross-country team.

dean said...

I have posted speed shot #2.

I wish I could edit my own comments on here, I'd add my new ones instead of taking up a whole comment.

Gilly said...

Difficult one! But I am here - http://gillymaccsphotos.blogspot.com

photodoug said...

Here is my speed photo.

Bob Scotney said...

@Karen (kcinnova) - how do I leave a comment on your post? - I can't see anywhere to comment.

Max Sartin said...

Got some new ideas to try from some of the entries here, nice group of pictures! Here are mine.