It was an excerpt from a book by E.M. Forster that inspired me to create the Plane Views series:
“Those mountains to the right – let me show you them.’ She pushed back a metal blind. The main chain of the Himalayas was revealed. ‘They were once called the Roof of the World, those mountains.”
“You must remember that, before the dawn of civilization, they seemed to be an impenetrable wall that touched the stars. It was supposed that no one but the gods could exist above their summits. How we have advanced, thanks to the Machine!”
“How we have advanced, thanks to the Machine!” said Vashti.
“And that white stuff in the cracks? – what is it?”
“I have forgotten its name.”
“Cover the window, please. These mountains give me no ideas.”
Excerpt from ‘The Machine Stops‘ – E.M. Forster
Reading this book in my teenage years certainly gave me a lot to think about. Aside from the theme of technological advancement and its influence on our lives, those last two sentences “Cover the window, please. These mountains give me no ideas” stayed etched in my mind. When I read them, I couldn’t imagine that anyone would not feel inspired by the things they saw from a plane window. This inspiration is sufficient reason to always book a window seat whenever possible. To me, the glistening peaks of the Alps, the Andes or the Rockies; the massive sprawl of cities like Tokyo, Sao Paulo or Buenos Aires; the harbours of Sydney, Cape Town or Vancouver; the icy emptiness of the Arctic; the red dirt core of Australia; or the wavy sand dunes of the Sahara never fail to amaze and inspire.
I’ve discovered along the way that there are many people who share the same interest: booking a window seat and gazing out the window with a camera ready, just in case! It’s been a great journey, with posts covering places like Sydney Harbour, Bora Bora, the Millau Viaduct, the Andes mountains, the Atacama desert, Mount Vesuvius, Canadian Arctic, the Dead Sea, Victoria Falls, Vancouver, Amsterdam and the European Alps.
To celebrate this series, I’m featuring photos submitted by readers. To kick off, here are some amazing photos contributed by my friend Nico from AirTreks.
Here’s a contribution from Kathryn from Travelfusion.
Here’s a contribution from Laura Bly.
And here’s a contribution from Beverly from Travel Maestro.
Check out this lovely contribution from Andy, 501 Places.
Wow, this one’s a unique contribution from Jaime of Seat of Our Pants.
Here are two stunning photos by my good friend, Simon from @1step2theleft
A beautiful photo of Cancun by Hilde Brizes.
Contributions from Don Holton.
Here’s an awesome contribution from Rich of @BrilliantTips
Check out this beautiful photo by David of @MalaysiaAsia
My pals Dave & Deb from @theplanetd are in Alaska now and this is what they sent me!
A gorgeous photo of one of the most iconic volcanoes from Charles a.k.a. @HotelPRGuy