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Natural Fort Flight Mission with DJI Phantom 2 Drone

When you are driving in northern Colorado on I-25 to Wyoming you will several rock outcroppings about 5 miles before state line. The most prominent is Natural Fort, a geological and historical landmark. Is on eastern side of the highway. You can access it from a frontage road taking Carr exit. Years ago, there was a highway parking there without any facilities. There is still an old parking lot.

I have some sad feeling about this place since it is trashed and vandalized. New stupid graffiti was added sometime this spring. Nevertheless, I am visiting Natural Fort quite often to take pictures of these rocks and surrounding prairie. You can find some resulting pictures in my stock photography portfolio. I can only imagine how magical this place was in the past.

My last visit this summer included some aerial photography with Phantom 2 Quadcopter flying with GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition camera. Actually, it was my first flying mission outside my backyard. I did a few low level flights from outside and inside the Fort. I was shooting still pictures in the interval mode. GoPro Hero was mounted on a gimbal which allows to remotely control the camera angle. I will be posting more aerial pictures and, perhaps, video clips.


Piloting and photographing DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Phantom 2 Quadcopter Drone

Piloting and photographing DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter from the old parking near Natural Fort

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Drone

Airborne DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Drone with GoPro Hero 3 camera

Aerial view from the Phantom 2 drone

Aerial view from the Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone

Low level flight over Natural Fort with DJI Phantom 2 drone. The pilot is visible at lower right corner.

Low level flight over Natural Fort

Landing on the pavement


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Natural Fort Geological Landmark at Winter Dawn
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A Curious Baby Fox in Pawnee Grassland

baby fox in Pawnee Grassland

A curious baby fox, his sibling was more shy, mother was hunting nearby.

I am visiting prairies in Colorado more often than mountains. This year Pawnee National Grassland is very green and full of flowers. Check this great picture of primrose blooming by Michael Menefee.

I didn’t shoot any spectacular pictures during my last visit into Pawnee National Grassland, but have a lot of fun watching foxes, pronghorn and birds. And, I discovered this cattle water tank with a rock outcropping. I need to return there for a better light.

cattle water tank and rock cliff,  Pawnee Grassland

Cattle water tank and rock cliff, Pawnee Grassland

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