Photographer's Note

As a community that takes our hobby seriously, we may (rightly) disdain "airplane pictures" as a foible of the unschooled. What quality can you expect from a foto that was shot through a quarter-inch slab of industrial plastic?

This prejudice reminds me of the disdain a serious music fan feels for entry-level pop music (think bubblegum or boy-bands), but honest reflection will lead us to concede that both airplane snaps and accessible pop may serve a purpose -- to open our eyes (or ears) to new possibilities and, hopefully, to lead us to explore new experiences and new points of view.

So with that small apologia, I post an airplane snap. This is the town I love, from a POV that I only rarely get, in predawn light. The foto is imperfect in too many ways to list, but it does show a wonderful city of 200,000 waking up to a new day.

Allow me to quote John Steinbeck, from "The Log from the Sea of Cortez," in 1941:

"We were to sail in the early morning, and that night we walked a little in the dim-lighted streets of La Paz. And we wondered why so much of the Gulf was familiar to us, why this town had a "home" feeling. We had never seen a town that even looked like La Paz, and yet coming to it was like returning rather than visiting."

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