The High life

Ok if you were looking for something sensational like the kind of Kim K life, well oops!

The inspiration for today came from this post by Martin Kelly featuring the basilica of St Francis of Assisi (breathe) captured by drone photography. We were walking along the cobbled stone streets of this hilltop monastery back in the summer of 2001 (not 69 hee…Springsteen fans would appreciate).

In some weeks’ time you will probably chance upon our story about the wanderings we did here in Umbria (when our Italian stories begin), and today we are really focusing on travel from the air.

What’s that?

Today’s drones with mounted cameras capture so much more than they ever did in the past. It has evolved from an almost exclusive club of early adopters to an everyday use item for filming, racing, war, surveying (or surveillance) etc and many more. Today you can buy one off the rack and start flying, unless your government places severe restrictions on where you can set the baby on fire – I mean in the air.

We have something else in mind.

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Surf’s up

The high life for us referred to flightseeing experiences either with a fixed wing aircraft (clinical huh) or helicopters. And we have done this in a couple of locations. In Mauritius, we flew over the surf and beautifully manicured sugar plantations.

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How many left?

We have planted our boots on Mt Tasman and almost frozed in place. And we counted how many apostles are still standing along the great ocean road. Certainly you cannot believe that the canyons of the US southwest were obstacles for us.

Perhaps such flightseeing experiences can be threatened with extinction. It is so much more economical to get your photo fix from a drone. And for as long as you can keep the twirly in the air, you’d likely capture wonderful photography and video. Why fly when you can “pilot” a drone for the same images?

One thing is for sure, you can’t do this with a drone! Ok, Suan was flying to flash the V sign…and believed wholeheartedly she was co-piloting the chopper.

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Talk about sitting next to the Captain…

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

14 thoughts on “The High life”

  1. How cool is that! Not the drone, the selfie while co-piloting 😊 If you were a photographer, the drone would do the job but if you’re an adventurer, you have to do and experience the adventures. The photos are only secondary, simply for records and story-telling purposes. 😄
    Love the post and the pics 💖❤️💞

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  2. With today’s modernization, even capturing a bird’s eye view of a landscape is possible. And, more often than not, aerial views are breathtaking and surprising. It gives us a different perspective – a shift from a regular point and shoot capture from a handheld camera. I guess drone photography is one of the things I am thankful for in this high tech era.

    And oh, lucky you to fly on a helicopter. I missed my chance in New York 😦

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