Land's End

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    These fields seem to be (look like they are) slowly eroding away into barren wasteland. At 30,000 feet one can more easily see geographic transitions like this and it's one of the reasons I find flying so enjoyable.

    Note: there was ice on the window and you can see it in the bottom of the image. Also, I bumped up the contrast some here to get it closer to the way it looked to my eye.

    I posted a piece on my weblog about being "dugg" that some of you may find interesting to read if you're coming to this image late: I felt the digg effect.

    Harriet Picturebug, Kalabird, and 631 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Richard- 79 months ago | reply

      If you can get the coordinates off of this I'll do it:

    2. Nelson Chee 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called EARTH : The way you see it from high altitude, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    3. lifebeginsat50mm 70 months ago | reply

      That's got to be the most outstanding photo I've seen on flickr for quite some time. Good work!

      Oh, and I came by way of rather than digg :)

    4. lefauxfrog 70 months ago | reply

      Prepare to be kottke'd, Richard. :-)

    5. Richard- 70 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the heads up soylentgreen and lefaurxfrog. I wish, however, that he'd linked to this view rather than the large view where people will no doubt... well, you know. Sigh. I guess there's no protecting this image anymore.

    6. acroporablue 70 months ago | reply

      id like to see what it looks like from the ledge

    7. Fort Photo 70 months ago | reply

      Very nice and congrats on getting dugg!

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    8. Anitza V 70 months ago | reply

      Came over from Reddit/Wired. It is such an awesome photo. Thanks for sharing it!

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    9. ashabot 70 months ago | reply

      Great photo, Richard but one thing. The desert, unpopulated Earth, is not "barren wasteland". Most people seem to think that if humans haven't infested an area, it's a wasteland. They so miss the point and the beauty of Earth.

    10. itsthestringers 70 months ago | reply

      Awesome photo... This one was particularly interesting to me, because I grew up right there near Grady, NM. I could almost see my house! In the bottom right quadrant of the picture, you can see an angled gray line, which is the two-lane highway that travels up the Cap (the Caprock, locals call it the "cap"). The altitude at the edge of the plateau there is 4900 feet - nearly a mile high. And the guy who mentioned wind turbines is right. There is a newly constructed 80 Mw wind farm on the edge of the plateau - very windy there. This is what it looks like from the ground:

    11. Richard- 70 months ago | reply

      Wow, fantastic itsthestringers. Thanks for the view from the ground, nice to see that.

    12. ëzaricos 70 months ago | reply

      The image is fantastic, but the cause, erosion, is not.

    13. 70 months ago | reply

      Amazing! Just amazing

    14. Richard- 70 months ago | reply

      ëzaricos: Thanks. It's not erosion, it just "looks" like erosion.

      Newton: Thanks.

    15. TrespassersWill 70 months ago | reply

      Similar up in Montana:

    16. olasis 70 months ago | reply

      Awesome image, its like its out of National Geographic.

    17. Poorfish 69 months ago | reply

      I got it in Google Earth
      here it is

    18. Richard- 52 months ago | reply

      Thanks poorfish, the google earth link is wonderful.

      Thanks SPGirl90. I got lucky.

    19. mc waters 27 months ago | reply

      what an awesome, unique shot.

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