“I believe that anyone who flies in an airplane and doesn’t spend most of his time looking out the window wastes his money.”
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water
Could not agree more.
This particular shot is over the Shimonemoto village, looking toward Shimokimiyama, both in Ibaraki Prefecture on the Island of Honshu in central Japan. The white dash on the rice field on the center right is actually a helicopter, flying low.
Not terribly topical for a California blog, but for a point: there is so much to look at, whether in this state or anywhere else across the west, that we will never see in person save out of the window of an airplane. We owe it to ourselves to look.