We took a QANTAS flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide and what a flight. When flying from Sydney to Alice Springs (another Qantas fligth), I did not have my camera available. However the coloration of the desert, the clouds and river beds were extraordinary. This time I had the camera in the "to document" mode. Here is the story. In addition I took a series of photos during takeoff and landing and stiched them together to synthesize n mpg video.
And here is our flight path
Here is the desert outside Alice Springs and the Stuart Highway below
Here we are passing through the clouds and the contrast between blue sky and reddish desert was striking
Here we are above the cloud level and the cloud shadows are easily seen
The various colors of the desert
Here you can see a dry lake and river beds (that either feed the lake or drain it).
Cloud shadows and a meandering river bed
A bifurcating river bed (lower left) and meandering stream beds (lower right).
Clouds, shadows and bifurcating river beds
Patterns of bifurcating river beds
A dry lake with water
What a difference the angle makes on the water color. Color balance in a digital camera is a real challenge. To capture what you really see.
A receeding lake
I suppose this was a lake also. The cloud layer adds nice color
Approaching Adelaide - flight path
A refinery: Pt. Bonython Oil
and the flight path to the south
Port Davis, (lower left)
Pelicon Point Power Station
What I call polygon lakes
Passing over Something Bradbury Blvd?
The final approach
The runway and air brakes
C. Frank Starmer