Tuesday, June 26, 2007


My cell phone's camera apparently has remarkable resolution.

I snapped this shot of a commercial airliner landing on runway 1/19 at Reagan National Airport from my camera phone when I biked down to Gravelly Point on Sunday. I had no idea this place even existed until I stumbled upon it while winding through the Mt. Vernon Trail on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Planes land on this runway---thundering in just ~100 feet overhead---about every 3 or 4 minutes, and in between landings 2 planes would usually take off. Seeing how little margin of error there is for take-offs and landings made me realize why it's safer to be in the air than on the ground.

Fun Fact: Gravelly Point is built atop a garbage dump, which explains why part of it is known as "Roaches Run." Big angry rats like it here, too, and I've heard there's even a foursome of highly-trained turtle ninjas running around. Kids are discouraged from playing near Roaches Run.


Phil said...

Or you could be lying. Maybe you were parachuting from a 40,000 ft elevation when a passenger airliner flew below you; it was flying above the clouds at about 33,000 ft. Maybe, just maybe, you were flying over the blue ocean. And that, good sir, is probably where this photograph came from.

Brice Lord said...

Except that would mean the plane would be in the middle of a barrel roll...with its landing gear down...over the ocean. You lose Phil.