Singapore 2013: #01 Flying out

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A very large bay on the southern coast of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. River mouth coordinates: -3.172054,113.600578

This post is for people who like looking at hazy pictures taken through finely scratched and slightly distorted aeroplane windows at around 30,000 feet. 🙂

It’s also for people who enjoy looking at clouds and land formations, and locating said formations on maps. (I’m not very good at this and have identified only two items so far.)

For context:

SYD-SIN, via FlyScoot TZ1, 03 February 2013. Departure  approx. 1505hrs (delayed by an hour). Business class window seat, right side.

If you want to fly cheap and in comfort, this is a good choice. A ScootBiz ticket bought at the right time costs about $100 more than an economy seat on a Singapore Airlines A380. And there’s plenty of legroom and a nice leather seat that is not too narrow. But beware! A very large neighbour can still overflow into your seat. ScootBiz seat configuration is 2-4-2.

This next bit is a reminder to myself, in case I have to make another trip in the near to mid-term:

  • This airline encourages you to bring your own food and drink, because everything is chargeable. On the SIN-SYD trip I will ensure that I have lots of Old Chang Kee curry puffs, a large guava (Psidium guajava) and maybe a few jambus (Syzygium samarangense). Warning: stomach may explode from overeating.
  • Want a drink? In Sydney, buy one from a vending machine after clearing Security. In Singapore: bring an empty bottle and fill it from the water cooler in the departure lounge, after clearing security.
  • Pick a right-side seat on the SYD-SIN leg, and a left-side seat on the SIN-SYD leg.

And now, on with the show. As always, click on photo to enbiggen.

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Somewhere in Australia with a huge river network. Lots of pinks and browns, and not a lot of green.

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More rivers and mountains, I think.

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Approaching the coast.

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In a few minutes we’ll be gone. See you later, Australia!

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Back over a large land mass. Was my farewell premature? At least we now have clouds, and they look like a flock of woolly sheep.

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A classic thunderhead (with flashes of lightning seen but not photographed). See the nice green landscape below, complete with meandering river.

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Frankly, I don’t know where we are. Over one of the Indonesian islands, maybe?

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Another thunderhead. There’s no lack of rainfall in this area.

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We fly into cloud for a considerable time. There is mild turbulence.

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I’d love to know what city that is.

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We’ve switched between sea and land a few times, and here we are crossing the coast again.

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And again.

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Here’s more weather for you

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Even thin cloud can obscure the land completely.

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I’m betting most of this feature is under water, and a lot of it is coral reefs

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Heavy rain is happening to that island

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A very large bay on the southern coast of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. River mouth coordinates: -3.172054,113.600578

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Southern coast of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Island coordinates: -3.274202,113.391838

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This is not a pile of whipped cream

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Last light, and we are again flying into turbulence. We’ll be safely on the ground in about an hour, after a perfect landing.

Posts in this series:
Singapore 2013: #01 Flying out
Singapore 2013: #02 Long-tailed Macaques
Singapore 2013: #03 Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Part 1: Environment
Singapore 2013: #04 Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Part 2: Plantain Squirrel
Singapore 2013: #05 Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Part 3: Reptiles
Singapore 2013: #06 Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Part 4: Fish
Singapore 2013: #07 S.E.A. Aquarium, Sentosa, Part 1

Date: 03 February 2013
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Overcast, rain.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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