About a month or so ago I took Rodan139 out for a flight around the Des Moines river valley a few miles west of Luther.
Here are some of those pictures:
That was the last time that I took Rodan139 out of the hangar. Hopefully we go out again sometime soon, but this time of year is tough because of the weather and the short days, so we will see.
A couple of weeks ago I took Rodan139 out for a flight around the Des Moines River valley near Fraser. My intent/hope was to maybe get some pictures of the Boone Scenic Valley steam engine back in action, but it turns out it doesn’t go as far into Fraser as it used to. But I still got some pictures of leaves turn and only had a mildly disconcerting run-in with an area pit bull.
The next collection of drone photos will also be of the Des Moines River valley.
Today is Sara’s birthday, which means I have to wish Sara a happy birthday!
Happy birthday Sara!!! I hope your day is filled with a bunch of Brandi Carlile and some Tres leches cake!
Today is also Scottie D.’s birthday! Which means I get to say Happy birthday Scottie D.!!
I hope your birthday is filled with good food, expensive bourbon, and even just a little bit of DMB!
It is getting near the end of drone season so I really need to start taking Rodan139 out as much as possible. Although I need to sort out a firmware update and some Remote ID stuff here shortly. I did take Rodan139 out for a brief flight around Water Works Bridge recently though. Here are some pictures:
I don’t have any other drone pictures in the can right now, but I’m sure I’ll take it out for a flight sometime in the near future.
I’m not a big fan of auto racing, but the IMCA Super Nationals is probably the biggest even in Boone every year. This year I thought I would go out and take a few drone pictures of the parking lot the morning after they got over.
The next time we take to the skies with Rodan139 it will mostly involve a bridge.
I recently too Rodan139 out for a flight to capture a picture of this year’s parking space paintings in the Boone High School parking lot. I think there are some good ones there this year. It makes me wonder how I would have painted my parking space if they did this when I was a senior in high school. Just kidding. I didn’t have a car when I was in high school. We were poor.
Anyways, here are the pictures:
The next time Rodan139 takes the skies it will be a picture of another parking lot.
On the Tuesday of RAGBRAI I went to check out the festivities in Luther. I expected Luther to be empty by the time I got there and expected everybody to already be in Ames. But Luther was absolutely packed. I’m guessing the people at Whatcha Smokin’ must have made a million dollars the place was so packed. I’m guess the population of Luther more than quintupled.
After checking it out, I drove a couple of miles east of Luther and took some drone pictures of people riding from Luther to Ames.
Not sure what the next set of drone pictures will be. I need to take Rodan139 out again. While I still can. Drone laws are getting pretty ridiculous.
During the Tuesday of RAGBRAI, Logan and I drove west to take some pictures of the riders making their way across Iowa. It had been several years since I’ve checked out RAGBRAI, but I had a great time or at least found so many great photo opportunities which is essentially the same thing, that I might have to make this an annual thing. Even though it will be several years before they come close to me again.
Here are some drone pictures from the first place I took the drone up, west of Jefferson:
I have one more collection of drone photos from the Tuesday of RAGBRAI to share.
A couple weeks back when the smoke from the Canadian wildfires was still hitting Iowa pretty hard I took Rodan139 out west of Boone to work out a few gimbal issues. I took a few pictures of the sunset and it seems a shame to let them go to waste.
Next time I will share some Rodan139 images, they will be some I took when RAGBRAI was in Greene County.
It is confession time. I haven’t always been great with the organization of my drone photos. I am much better now as I treat them the same as how I treat all my other pictures. Recently I came across some drone photos that I thought I had lost I took on a road trip with Logan and Brandon. They are the famous Tree in the Middle of the Road located roughly in Audubon County. Kind of in the middle of nowhere.
Here they are:
The legend of this tree that is in the middle of an intersection is ” The story is when the county lines were being established the surveyor placed a green cottonwood stick into the ground at the exact point where the lines crossed and grew into the present tree.”
Directions to the tree:
From U.S. Highway 71 at the town of Brayton, travel east on County Road T to F-65 and follow the green “Tree in the Road” signs on the gravel roads.
From Exira, go east on F-58 and follow the green ”Tree in the Road” signs. As you approach the curve take the gravel off the west side of Littlefield Park.
Today is Shannon’s birthday, so I must say, happy birthday Shannon!
I hope your birthday is filled with all the amazement that you can handle!
On Memorial Day I took Rodan139 to Boxholm, Pilot Mound and then finally to Bluff Creek Cemetery. I wasn’t really planning on going to Bluff Creek Cemetery, but it seemed fitting on Memorial Day. I was in the area. I had been to Bluff Creek Cemetery a couple times with my Mom and my Grandma (Majors) Paris. I honestly don’t know what relatives of mine are buried in Bluff Creek Cemetery besides that they are from my maternal grandma’s side. Which based on Bluff Creek Cemetery’s location, makes sense. The two closest “towns” to it are Incline and Centerville.
Here are the few pictures I took:
If you zoom way in on the panoramic image, you can see the High Bridge.
There are only a few houses left in Centerville and even less left in Incline. But there are historical markers that recognize where they used to be.