I always find looking out of the window of an aircraft more interesting than most films, particularly if you also have the moving map working as well. So here are a few more photographs taken out of the window of some of my flights, with a few classic sea kayaking areas featured.
The Isle of Dogs area of London in April 1994. Many of the high rise buildings of Canary Wharf had yet to appear and the O2 is still 5 years away from being built. Some photos here illustrate how much the area has changed.
The Olympic Park area in the east of London. Heading to Scotland for a weeks sea kayaking 2013.
Beachy Head and Eastbourne. The lighthouse is just visible in the sea. It is probably 20 years since I paddled along this section of coast. We were en route to warm weather kayaking in Gozo.
Clouds over the English Channel as we start our descent into Jersey. July 2013
Taking off from Jersey April 2013. St Aubin’s Harbour and Fort are clearly visible. The large headland is Noirmont, where a entertaining tidal race develops just after high water.
Arriving over the eastern shore of the Baja Peninsula in March 2013, at the start of a truly memorable 10 days sea kayaking.
Final approach over St Ouen’s Bay in September 2012. A day with no surf.
Looking north from a light aircraft off the south coast of Jersey in May 1990. The obvious chimney was at the desalination plant, but has since been demolished. The large white building to the left of the chimney is the Highlands Hotel where next summers Symposium is going to be based. The large bay is St Ouen’s whilst the island in the distance is Sark.
Hurst Castle Spit, towards the western end of the Solent, taken in August 2012 whilst flying home. Every time I fly over the Isle of Wight area I think that I really must kayak there more often. My last visit was in 1983, perhaps 2014 will be the year that changes.