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  1. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    2 Pro Help Save Ole Creek Ancient Forest! + Aerial footage

    I recently found a true off-the-beaten-path hike, and decided to share the location since without boots on the trail it soon may not exist at all! The trail in question is known as "Mt. Mitchell via Sugarloaf", and is located in a unprotected wilderness area South of Mt. St. Helens. The trail...
  2. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    2 Pro Flying over reclaimed Centralia Coal Mine - a proposed Wildlife Area

    Once a vast, barren strip mine, the difficult and lengthy process of reclamation has turned the Centralia Coal Mine in Washington into an enticing landscape of wide prairies, young forests, and many shimmering lakes glittering in a sea of green meadows. Huge herds of elk now roam, and bald...
  3. Jim D

    2 Pro Sunset Thunderhead Over The Cascades

    Looking east from above my house. Pano shot with 2 rows of 3, processed and stitched in ACR.
  4. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    2 Pro Mt. Rainier: Forest Valleys, Frozen Waterfalls, Wildlife and Alpine Snow

    A sky filled with the warped and twisted clouds of a wild December day swirls ominously over the snow shrouded meadows of Mt. Rainier National Park. From crown, wreathed in fog, mighty Tahoma drips with frosted ice cascading over dark cliffs of volcanic stone. Far below in the rainforest valleys...
  5. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    2 Pro Flying through Autumn Fog - Fall in the Pacific Northwest

    The fog and mist of autumn lie heavy on the low hills of Southwest Washington. The clouds run like rivers of cotton candy down the slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range to pool in quiet valleys, cloaking farms and forests in a quieting hush of somber silence. The fog creates different worlds, the...
  6. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    2 Pro Flying over Centralia Community College during lockdown.

    Centralia College is a shining beacon of education set in the rural landscape of forests and farm fields that blanket the rolling hills and valleys of Southwest Washington. I had the opportunity to film this video during this past summer after the campus had been closed and I could safely fly...
  7. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Mt. St. Helens lost in Wildfire Smoke - Flying Drone in the Apocalypse

    The mountains lie hidden beneath a choking veil of toxic smoke that cloaks Mt. St. Helens as it does the entire West Coast of the United States. The dark forests and silent valleys are thick with the stench of millions of acres vanished in flame and burning ash. Even so many miles from the...
  8. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Apocalypse in the Pacific Northwest - Flying Drone through Wildfire Smoke

    Catastrophic wildfires have transformed the normally clear blue skies of the Pacific Northwest into an landscape wreathed in dense smoke from the the forest fires that are raging in Oregon, Washington, and California. The entire West Coast has gone up in flames, and I filmed this video to...
  9. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Leech Lake

    The green hues of Leech Lake mirror a blue sky streaked with summer clouds here in the crest of the Cascade Mountains at White Pass, the dividing line between the Western rainforests and the arid lands of Eastern Washington. The snubbed cones of ancient volcanoes rise imperiously overhead, and...
  10. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    144 year old Cedar Creek Grist Mill

    Cedar Creek Grist Mill is a historical, water-powered grain-grinding mill built 144 years ago in 1876. It is still in operation today as a working museum, with volunteers producing fresh-milled flour and cornmeal. This is a spectacular living piece of Washington State history in a gorgeous...
  11. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Flying over the Newaukum River

    The Newaukum River tumbles from green mountains to even greener fields to meet the Chehalis River near the town of the same name. Before this confluence it passes through Stan Hedwall Park and under the rail bridge turned bike trail that marks the start of the long and rugged Willapa Hills Trail...
  12. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Scatter Creek Wildlife Area

    Scatter Creek Wildlife Area is on of Washington's last remaining expanses of native prairie land. Though the sound of the freeway is near at hand, bird song fills the air and wind wooshes through the flowers and tall grasses of summer on this wide lowland plain. Sunset turns the gently waving...
  13. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Sunset over Puget Sound at Boston Harbor

    The calm waters of Puget Sound ripple with subtle colors as the blazing sunset lights the quaint waterfront of Boston Harbor on the shores of the Salish Sea. Swifts dart across the deep evening sky, and paddlers too come home to roost at the marina. Flying over this idyllic aquatic scenery I...
  14. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Wildlife and Woodlands at Woodard Bay

    The grand forest of Woodard Bay towers over tranquil waters, and both shadowed woodland groves and the silver green water of Puget Sound teem with life. From the ethereal call of the Pacific Forest Wren to the guttural honking of seals and cormorants, the air is loud with the voices of birds and...
  15. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Sunset at Mima Mounds

    The strange alien landscape of Mima Mounds glows in the afternoon light of spring, the translucent sea of grass and flowers shining with the glory of the golden hour. Whether dug by ancient gophers or laid down by the retreat of an ancient ice sheet, the Mima Mounds Prairie is an incredible...
  16. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Washington Memorial Garden - Priest Point Park

    A stunning bouquet of flowers provides a dazzling display in spring at the Washington Memorial Garden, a hidden paradise of blossoming trees and shrubs with quiet paths winding through the lush foliage and bright green lawns. This is one of many idyllic gems to be found in Priest Point Park on...
  17. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    May Flowers in the Temperate Rainforest

    Every day of spring in the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest brings new wonders as life surges with the turning of the seasons. New flowers appear, bloom and subside into the cascading torrent of fresh green leaves so that from day to day the forest floor changes with shocking...
  18. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Spring Prairies of South Puget Sound

    The wide prairies that stretch South of Puget Sound burst with bright spring colors, the blue of waving Camas blossoms and the myriad hues of a billion wildflowers. From above, flying the brisk air of evening as the sun sets on the mysterious lumps of Mima Mounds, Scatter creek, and the Glacial...
  19. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    First flight with the Mavic 2 Pro - flying in the mountains

    Thick snow coats the deep forests of silver fir that cling to rugged mountain slopes in the high reaches of the Cascade Mountains. Glittering with a freezing rainbow of monochromatic hues, winter paints the forest in the colors of a slumbering world. The underlying greenery may still be glimpsed...
  20. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    America, My Country tis' of thee - A Presidents Day Music Video

    Bask in the glory of America's wild majesty this Presidents Day, and appreciate it's finest treasure, it's wilderness and the wonders contained within those untouched bastions of thriving natural splendor. America (My Country Tis' of Thee) was composed in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith, and is...