My best photos from a window seat

I just love having a window seat on my flights and taking pictures of fantastic views outside the window. It’s not an easy task to get good quality images because of thick glass, reflections and mist or haze layers in the sky. Still, I have kept trying for many years on very different flights, and have captured some very interesting images. I love to capture clouds, mountains with no people at all and also cities and landscapes of rural areas. I would like to share with you the best pictures from my window seat collection. Here is what I have selected for your attention. Enjoy!

1) Taranaki/Egmont volcano in New Zealand

In Māori Tara means mountain peak and Naki is thought to come from ngaki meaning shining - referring to the mountain’s winter snow cover. This classically shaped symmetrical peak stands in isolation to the west of the Central North Island volcanoes. At 2,518 metres high, it is the second highest peak in the North Island after Ruapehu, and is New Zealand’s largest mainland volcanic cone by volume.71 egmont volcano from above 1310149

2) Flight from San Diego to Las Vegas

Straight after departure, you can enjoy beautiful vistas of San Diego city. Later, an aeroplane flies over the Mojave Desert spilling across the California border into southern Nevada. Conditions here are dry, hot and windy, especially in summer. Cooper-coloured mountains cover the desert floor, highlighted by Red Rock Canyon's bluffs, cliffs and petrified sandstone boulders. Before landing you can admire Lake Mead, now a major recreation area. It was formed by the building of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.11 windowseat US from Sandiego 1170004

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Before landing you can admire Lake Mead, now a major recreation area. It was formed by the building of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.

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3) Flight from Bangkok to Phnom Penh

Dangret mountain range is located on Cambodia’s northern border with Thailand.

20 windowseat thailand to cambodia 115036121 windowseat thailand to cambodia 115035222 windowseat thailand to cambodia 1150366Much of Cambodia's overall land area is a series of rolling plains, north to south. Its most striking landforms include the Mekong River, which crosses the entire country as it flows through the Mekong Lowlands and on to the South China Sea.

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4) Flight from Sidney to Uluru

The world famous monolith known as Uluru is located in the south-western corner of Australia’s Northern Territory. Geographically speaking, it is close to the centre of Australia. Because much of Australia's interior is arid, the low average annual rainfall means interior rivers are often dry and lakes empty. Because of that people inhabit just a very little part of the country. Seeing the photos for the first time, most people don't believe those are real places on Earth, but they are!32 flight australia P1300968

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5) Colourful land of China

The vast land expanses of China include plateaus, plains, basins, foothills, and mountains. Defining rugged plateaus, foothills and mountains as mountainous, they occupy nearly two-thirds of the land, higher in the West and lower in the East.

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6) Zagros mountains in Iran

They form the largest mountain range in Iran, Iraq and south-eastern Turkey. This mountain range has a total length of 1,500 km (932 mi). The Zagros mountain range begins in north-western Iran and roughly corresponds to Iran's western border, and it spans the whole length of the western and south-western Iranian plateau, ending at the Strait of Hormuz. The highest point in the Zagros Mountains is Dena.

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7) The Alps in Europe

The Alps are geographically important, representing 11% of Europe’s surface and heavily influencing its climate. They are important from a historical point of view, as they were a barrier to people movements and trade. The Alps are located in Middle-Southern Europe. They crown Northern Italy completely as a natural barrier which separates the country from France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Other branches reach Germany and Croatia. As I love going to Italy, I have flown over the Alps quite often.

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8) Fluffy and colourful clouds from everywhere

Clouds can take awesome shapes and colours, especially at sunrise and sunset.

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What is your favourite window seat views impression? Share in the comments section!

Pictures from a window seat

  • Published by Anita on July 08, 2017


Author: Anita Sāne

Anita 03 18

About the author
Anita is a part-time traveller, passionate photographer and a retired career woman from Latvia, 
travelling mostly solo for more than 15 years. She is a skilled travel planner who plans and executes her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Bloglovin.


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I just can't believe that these are taken from a window seat, they're incredible! Thank you for sharing your amazing and inspirational pics, going to go and follow you on Instagram now, don't want to miss out on any more amazing images!
Wow, your pics really do look great! Everytime I try something like that the photo is very blurry... I call that an artistcal blur ;-) The one I like best ist the one of the Taranaki/Egmont volcano, just beautiful!
sandy & Vyjay
These shots are really stunning. I don't know how you get to take such perfect shots from the plane. Have tried taking pictures from mid air but the results have never satisfied me. But these photographs are totally different, they have captured the breathtaking landscapes so well. I always am fascinated by the sky and the clouds and their colours when you are flying during sunset or sunrise. The colour of the clouds are really amazingly captured.
Kate Swavely
San Diego is so beautiful from above. I fly over the the desert quite often. And China is quite fantastic. Are those the Zhangye Danxia mountains?
Adrenaline Romance
Stunningly beautiful landscapes. This is why we always get to the airport first; we want to reserve window seats. While the mountains, seas, and deserts look amazing, the cities look charming too from above. It's difficult to imagine that there's traffic, crime, pollution, etc. when you see cities from the sky.
Seriously some great photos. I too try to take a few sneaky photos when landing and some over the air. That first mountain one was superb because you seem to be so close. I have many of Uluru from traveling there with our caravan. (Sydney not Sidney) You've made me want to try harder and get some great shots like yours.
Bhushavali Travels
OMG! Such gorgeous shots! I've also taken some shots when flying window seat, but somehow never shared those on my blog. Esp I love the view from atop when crossing English Channel on my travels between UK & Europe. I esp love your Sandiego to Las Vegas shots!
wow what a incredible photos! Especially that volcano in New Zealand!! I love window sits even tho I am afraid of flying. I hate takes off but I love looking when we landing! Unfortunately most of the time my window is super dirty and I cant take great photo. Plus I always try to choose middle sit for the balance so all I see is big wing :D
How did you get it? Dslr/mirrorless or camera phone?
Ania Travels
I love this idea. I always sit window seat but have never thought about doing something like this. At that point I just want to sleep. Thanks for sharing and the great idea.
Your photos are impressive! Especially the mountain pictures of New Zealand and Iran. I also prefer to sit next to the window in airplanes but I never succeed making pictures. Apparently, I need to practice more ;)
I love taking photos from the window got some really great ones! I always get sad flying over mountains when I'm heading back to flat Illinois :)
Glad to see that your Australian photos made the cut! I loved seeing these on your Instagram feed!

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