More Contrails

After writing the previous post about contrails and mentioning that over 31 million people fly into Los Angeles International Airport every year I started thinking about how many people fly into Southern California every year. I’m guessing the number is in the 100 million range but with the lousy internet access I presently have I haven’t been able to confirm this, an update will come.

This past week I woke up early and headed out to Joshua Tree National Park to hike to an old mine. As I approached the trail head I counted around 20 aircraft in the sky, all leaving long and lazy contrails. Every few minutes another plane would fly over from some direction and leave another contrail. These contrails were spreading out and slowly blocking the light from the sun making the desert visibly darker than when I first arrived. Pretty amazing stuff although really scary when you think too much about it! These photos were shot at 7:17 AM and 8:00 AM, 43 minutes apart.

Contrails over Joshua Tree National Park 7:17 AM.

Contrails over Joshua Tree National Park 7:17 AM.

Contrails over Joshua Tree National Park 8:00 AM.

Contrails over Joshua Tree National Park, California, 8:00 AM.

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