Over the rooftops and houses …

When you’re asleep they may show you
Aerial views of the ground,
Freudian slumber empty of sound.

Over the rooftops and houses,
Lost as it tries to be seen,
Fields of incentive covered with green.

Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, Anthony George Banks

Second flight ... Second flight ... Second flight ... Second flight ...

As someone who has dabbled with pole photography (don’t Google that – you could come away with entirely the wrong impression 😀 ) – it was inevitable/compulsory that some day I should acquire a drone.  With wide open spaces and unrestricted airspace I am ideally placed to practice being the Red Baron.  These were taken on my second flight – on the maiden ascent I used video but the still camera produces much more interesting and better quality results. In enlarged view you can see as far as the bridge at Corbridge and there is even a selfie – the white dot to the left of the arched window is me with the controller 🙂

The first surprise has been evidence of ancient ridge and furrow farming in the surrounding fields, something not at all apparent at ground level.

Expect the sequel to Golf in the Wild to include a host of aerial images 🙂

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15 comments

  1. easyweimaraner · February 2

    the poem and the photos are great… thanks for taking me back to beautiful places for a moment :o)

    • northumbrianlight · February 2

      Many thanks Easy – not so beautiful today and no good for flying 😦

  2. restlessjo · February 2

    Good job I enlarged it, Robin. I thought I was looking at a train in number 3 but it turns out to be a hedge 🙂 🙂 Off I go to the opticians. Your new toy looks fun and thank you for the music.

    • northumbrianlight · February 2

      Thanks Jo, it’s great fun – don’t get too close to the sheep:

      • restlessjo · February 2

        Love it, Robin! 🙂 Except that it’s a sensitive subject at the minute. My son is having employment problems. We’re hopeful of Specsavers as a future employer. Could you put a word in? 🙂

  3. J.D. Riso · February 2

    Uh oh, someone has a new toy. 😉

    • northumbrianlight · February 2

      Haven’t I just 🙂 It will be going on our holidays to Orkney but not the sort of device you should take to North Korea 😀

  4. Cate Franklyn · February 2

    Oh what fun!!!! I look forward to more of these aerial views. How do you find working with it?

    • northumbrianlight · February 3

      It definitely is fun, Cate – photography and flying combined 🙂 It is surprisingly easy to use – apart from seeing where the drone is (it has a range of about a mile but you are supposed to keep it in sight), you get the view from the camera on a linked tablet and a map view – using GPS, it knows exactly where it is in the world and will hold its position in a wind. Flying time is about 20 minutes so there is no rush.

  5. Trini Lind · February 3

    These are absolutely gorgeous!! 💖💖

  6. malcolmaitchison · February 3

    I can count your missing slates too!

    On 2 February 2017 at 16:10, northumbrian : light wrote:

    > northumbrianlight posted: “When you’re asleep they may show you Aerial > views of the ground, Freudian slumber empty of sound. Over the rooftops and > houses, Lost as it tries to be seen, Fields of incentive covered with > green. Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, Anthony George Banks ” >

    • northumbrianlight · February 3

      Maybe I could use it to deliver cups of tea while you are up there 😀

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