|The Shuttle Train
Between the south terminal, where the British Rail trains come in, and north terminal where my flight left there is a shuttle train for foot passengers. I think it must be sponsored by British Airways because they use it as an opportunity to show you advertising for the London Eye during the short journey. I actually took the train 3 times! Once to get to the north terminal to check-in my hold bag then a second time to go back to the south terminal to hunt for the Post Office. Finally the third time took me back (taking these pictures) to find some breakfast. I didn't take other pictures around the airport because they are a bit concerned about having their security precautions photographed.
|Take off at Gatwick
Take off is always an exciting time. After the waiting around, queueing to get on the plane and the wait behind other aircraft it is finally time to leave the ground. We all, well all of us who watched the demonstration and read the card, know what to do in the event of an emergency, and know that the nearest emergency exit may be behind us. The pilot turns the plane onto the runway, pauses for a moment to bring the engines up to power then sets us off accelerating down the runway. The plane shakes more and more 'till with an upward lurch we leave the ground. We quickly climb into the cloud and, for a short time, we fly through a white out then we are out into the sunlight and can look down on the layer of clouud covering the ground from our view.
|Cumulus Cloud over North-East America
... I guess from the seat-back TV screen map it would be over The Blue Ridge Mountains - Virginia ... didn't they write a song about them?
When I started putting together this page I discovered that I had not taken many pictures of Columbus itself and of those a lot were personal ones I would not want to share with the general public. So here are a few - yes I know ... more clouds ... but that's just my obsession showing through :) If you don't like pictures of clouds you probably came to the wrong web site.
|Storm clouds in Columbus.|
Kat and Khloe; me on a go-kart game.
|4th July fireworks.|
|Clouds on the route to the airport; me with my tickets ready to go; ceiling fan with teeth.|
|Atlanta airport: the plane for our trip back arrives and has its windscreen cleaned.|
|Atlanta airport: View of more clouds as we taxi to the takeoff.|
|Climbing out of Atlanta airport: There was a thin layer of stratus cloud which the larger cumulus clouds forced their way through.|
|Face in a Cloud
Is it Mount Rushmore? Or is it Badly Drawn Boy?
|Growing Cumulus Clouds
This series of pictures shows the development of the clouds over 8 minutes.
|Cumulus tower and a storm cell
These pictures were taken over 10 minutes and show the progress of a cumulus tower then, next to it, the changes seen in an active storm cell as we flew past it.
|The last rays of the setting sun catch the plane's wing.|
|Good morning England: The Needles, Isle of Wight; Portsmouth Harbour.|
|Landing at Gatwick airport.|
All images copyright Peter Sheil 2003