National Geographic : 1921 Mar
201 Photograph by Sir Ross Smith TIHE SUEZ CANAL AT KANTARA AS SEEN FROM ABOVE ''Kantara now lay below us-that vast series of store-dumps, a mushroom city beneath canvas, which had sprung into being since the British occupation of Palestine" (see text, p. 277). the valleys. The lower steps of the mountains were terraced, and wherever a flat stretch of soil presented itself small homesteads nestled, surrounded by culti vation. Sometimes we would be only a few hundred feet above the ground when crossing the crest of a ridge; then we would burst out over a valley several thousand feet deep. Flying became extremely difficult at this stage, owing to the bumpy nature of the atmosphere. At times the machine was literally tossed about like a leaf, and for three-quarters of an hour we experienced some of the roughest fly ing conditions of the whole journey. On one occasion our altimeter did a drop of I,ooo feet, and bumps of 400 and 500 feet, both upward and downward, were frequent. I can only attribute this aerial disturbance to the rough nature of the country and the proximity of clouds to the mountain tops. A strong following wind was blowing, and I was very much relieved when we got clear of the mountains and were fol lowing the coast down to Taranto. THE HEEL OF ITALY The town of Taranto presents a busy scene from the air. A great number of ships and transports were anchored off shore, and as the air had now cleared somewhat, we had a glorious view of this great Mediterranean seaport, which played such an important part in the Eastern campaign. We could still dis cern long lines of tents in the British camp, and everywhere there was the great activity which characterizes a mili tary center. The town is small and picturesquely situated at the head of a little inland bay, which forms a magnificent natural har bor. Below us the boom protecting the FROM I.ONI)()N TO AI'STRA1,IA BY r\iROi'l,:ANI?