Flying from Carlsbad's fantastic-yet-small airport to LAX on an Embraer EMB 120 with a window seat is almost always an enjoyable experience for me. On cloud-free days, many of Southern California's offshore islands are clearly visible in the distance as we make the short jaunt up the coast. If I'm sitting on the other side of the aircraft , I get to take in the beautiful coastline.
I especially love how the propellers become highly distorted by the camera. Turn the camera 90° and an entirely different effect is achieved. Pilot adjusts the throttle and it takes on yet another appearance. Probably has something to do with the stroboscopic effect, but I'm not smart enough to figure that out. I just like the way it looks.
This series of shots was taken over the course of three flights on two different days. Santa Catalina Island (a past Field Trip) in the distance.
Title reference - fans of indie rock may recognize the title of this post, from Jeff Magnum's magnum opus. If you don't already own it, but it today.