The picture above of the Coachella Valley showing Rancho Mirage (in the lower left) and Palm Desert California is part of a series of images from a flight I took early last summer June 25, 2014 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Washington DC (IAD). This was a commercial flight, window seat, the window was fairly clear, I shot what I could see. It has taken several months to edit the images.
The flickr set will expand as I get pictures posted. You can see other aerials here from 2014, 2013 and 2012. Pictures from other recent flights await editing. Though the camera is not GPS enabled I able to identify image locations by following the general route of the airplane across the U.S. in Google Earth and then comparing the photographs to correlating images in Google Earth.
The picture below shows a cattle feedlot and circular fields of irrigated crops in the Texas Panhandle north of the town of Hereford. (Lat.: 35°02'02.78" N Long.: 102°27'33.21 W.) The water comes from the Ogallala Aquifer, a depleting groundwater source also known as the High Plains Aquifer. I wrote about the effects of aquifer depletion in the High Plains and elsewhere last year.