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    Posted July 25, 2012 by
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    Airplane window photos

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    Cross on the Clouds

    On a recent flight I looked out the window and was startled to see the shape of a cross very distinctly visible on the clouds below.

    I grabbed my cell phone (in airplane mode!) and took this photo. Intrigued, I looked around to see what might be causing it - the shadow of a contrail high above or an actual contrail close to the clouds it appeared to be part of, or a land feature below that might be responsible? In fact, there was nothing I could see that would explain what was causing the phenomenon.

    So I watched it drift by below and enjoyed a little mystery in an otherwise ordinary flight.

    Seeing Cape Cod and Provincetown from the air on a flight with my son was a fun geography lesson. We pulled out the in-flight magazine, flipped to the back and saw the distinct land feature clearly on one of the flight route maps. I am sure he will always be able to spot Massachusetts and Cape Cod on any map of the area.

    We also flew over Boston which is pictured from about five miles up in the late afternoon sun. Every time I fly into Boston or can see it from the air I am reminded of a schoolmate of mine that was killed on July 31, 1973 on Flight 723 which in low clouds and fog crashed into the seawall short of the runway at Logan airport . She was a wonderful person full of life and would have gone on to great things had her fate been different.

    The isolation and change in perspective given by flying offers great opportunity for reflection, introspection, re-prioritizing and even wondering about the little mysteries encountered in our lives.

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