Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario shares his perspectives from the air.

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Sketched April 9, 2016

On a clear day, how many of our tallest mountains can be seen as you fly into Sea-Tac?

Last weekend, as I returned home from spending spring break with my family on the East Coast, our American Airlines flight treated us to excellent views of some of the volcanoes in the Cascade Range.

Was Mount Hood the first one to come into view? I couldn’t really tell, but passengers around me said it was. Looking at a map later, I thought it may have been Mount Adams instead.

Mount St. Helens, with its top blown off, was easier to identify. And so was Mount Rainier, which looked so huge that I had to give it its own double spread on my sketchbook. Though I was sitting comfortably on my airplane seat, I channeled a bit of the rush I experienced drawing Rainier from the air back when I took that paragliding ride years ago.

All these volcanoes around us are already quite imposing from ground level. To see them from flying altitude is simply spectacular. And to think they are active and could explode again is… well, let’s not think about that!

About the sketches: Uni-ball vision micro and Daniel Smith watercolors on 8.5″ x 5.5″  Stillman and Birn Zeta series sketchbook.