Ripples of ridges, beige, brown, endless…
like an ancient lake bed.
The death bed of an ocean.
Mountains to the south-west!
Then again lakes, like teardrop shaped pock marks in the beige brown matrix.
Swallowed up by the vapour stream of jet exhaust
Flying into the setting sun – flying with it – hour for hour…
Delhi, Lahore, Peshawar, Samarkand, high desert
Turbulence, clouds and haze…
The plane turns, just a little…
It changes the view into a permanent rainbow!
Water vapour and jet fuel in the evening sun:)
Then a mighty river! The Amu Darya!
Roads, then a large town: Nukus.
The mighty snaking River is being swallowed by the rainbow.
Then the plane turns again, just a tiny fraction of a degree….
Sandy brown scragggggly mountains,
ridges rippling into the distance
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ somewhat like this…..
Falling into the Caspian Sea
Blue stretches below
the plane bows down, Russian air space demands it.
From 12.500 m to 11277m
from 800km/h ground speed down to 778km/h
Grosnjy, here we come!
Mother Russia is coy!
Hiding beneath a blanket of clouds.
Up here – turbulences dipped in sunset gold!
Gold dripping into grey
then into darkness
just wing tip lights blinking
distance to London: 4000km >> distance to Delhi: 2742km
Time for dinner and a movie…….