I think one of the best ways to view the coastline is from the air, as this perspective is not only interesting, but it is helpful as a boater to see where everything along the coast is from that angle. I always ask for a window seat so I can take in the aerial views of the surroundings and get a better sense for where everything is along the coast.
Around Boston, most flights in and out of Logan Airport send you right over the coast, so you can get a unique perspective of where things are. Of particular interest to me is seeing how shallow the harbor looks from the air (just after takeoff, you can see the obstructions lying below the water around Castle Island). Also of interest is how amazingly close Provincetown and Gloucester look to Boston when you see them from the air. Above is a photo I took on decent just East of Boston, as the jet was making a loop to the South of the city to come in to the North on one of Logan’s parallel runways. Of particular note here is South Boston, and the lagoon, i.e. “sugar bowl” around Castle Island.
Part of the reason the blog was a little slow last week was that I was traveling internationally. I took a few nice pictures of the Maine Coast (before they made me shut off electronics) and it made me recall that I have a few good photos of aerial views of Boston Harbor and the surround area at home. Some of these pictures are a bit dated but all within the last ten years or so).
Quincy. Here is a photo from the same flight (above) as the plane makes a loop over the South of Quincy, Ma. If you follow the Neponset River to the North, you can see Route 3, Marina Bay, and U-Mass Boston and the JFK Library in the distance.
Gloucester: Here is a great aerial view of Gloucester while heading South near Boston. You can see Gloucester Harbor, the Cut up the Annisquam River and the 128 Bridge, then all the way up to the sandy spit and marshes of Essex and Ipswich to the North.
Lower resolution, but broader view:
Chatham & Monomoy. I took this while heading South out of Boston. It is a winter shot, but still kind of a neat perspective on the ever-changing shoals of Chatham Harbor.
Nantucket. Here is an aerial view from a small propeller plane of Nantucket Harbor while heading down the to Island in Winter. Check out Brandt Point and the Boat Basin:
Coastal Maine. Here is an aerial view of the rocky outcrops of the Maine Coast, taken while starting decent into Boston after a trans-Atlantic flight. This is the area just North of Casco Bay, in between Casco and Penobscot. In the foreground is Pemaquid Point and Muscongus Bay, toward the center-left, Boothbay Harbor can be seen, and to the far left, you can make out the Brunswick Naval Air Station at the top of Casco Bay.