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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    How Time Flies - A Year in the Pacific Northwest

    This is a compilation of my best aerial footage from the past year of 2019. Looking back, I sure saw some amazing places, and captured some amazing aerial shots! I'm excited to find out what incredible places I will visit in 2020, and to share with all my subscribers the wild landscapes of the...
  4. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Flying through Burfoot Forest - close quarters with the Mavic 2

    I filmed this video recently in this quiet forest park on the shores of Puget Sound. I decided to really put the obstacle avoidance capablities of my Mavic 2 Zoom to the test, as well as my nerves! For such a big drone the Mavic 2 is really quite adept at flying in tight spaces, though I did...
  5. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Autumn Splendor at Lake Sacajawea

    A million shades of autumn hues from amber red to neon yellow gild the green lawns and greener waters of Lake Sacajawea. Overhead, the deep blue of a bright October afternoon contrasts with the riotous glory of fleeting color and brilliance below. From the Japanese garden to wide boulevards and...
  6. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Silver Lake Lighted Boat Parade

    This weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the annual Silver Lake Lighted Boat Parade, both from the shore and from my drone. I unfortunately did not know the exact route the parade would take (it is very much a community event without a lot of easily available info available online), so I...
  7. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Flying and hiking in through the mist on Mt. Elinor

    Some days in the mountains are blessed by the soothing rays of the summer sun, and endless vistas stretch on into the distant horizon. Other days are drenched in a soothing blanket of fog that obscures the landscape so that mystery drips from every dew jeweled wildflower. We may not have seen...
  8. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Chehalis River Discovery Trail

    The Chehalis River Discovery Trail winds through quiet farmland and along the lush banks of the Chehalis River. Eagles soar overhead, fish leap for insects, and the air is loud with bird song. Ancient cottonwoods may still be found growing on the riverbank, and newly planted woodlands will one...
  9. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Flying over Butter Creek

    Hidden behind the battlements of the towering Tatoosh Mountains is the verdant forested valley of Butter Creek - a quiet emerald paradise scattered with remnant patches of ancient old growth forest. From the hidden waters of the rushing creek to the snow fields of Unicorn Peak, this is a...
  10. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Flying under and through a covered bridge!

    For more than a hundred years the Grays River Covered Bridge has kept travelers safe and dry in this particularly soggy corner of the Pacific Northwest. Built in 1905, this is the only covered bridge still in use by vehicles in Washington State. The quiet pastoral valley of the Grays River is a...
  11. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Long Beach Sandsations Festival video

    I filmed this video of the "Sandsations" sand sculpture festival in Long Beach last week - enjoy!
  12. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Spectacular Skies of Early Summer in SW Washington

    Thunderstorms rumble and vivid sunsets flare in the sultry humid days of early summer in Washington State. Green fields and reflecting lakes glow with verdant life in the wake of the cleansing rains that sweep across the landscape. I filmed the aerial portions of this video with my DJI Mavic 2...
  13. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Spring on the Prairie

    The prairies of Southwest Washington burst with a sea of Camas flowers in spring. The wildflowers of these meadows fill their air with their heady scent, and the skies are loud with birdsong. A brisk wind blows away the fog of morning to reveal a vivid blue sky, brightening to glorious sunset...
  14. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Aerial Adventures at White Pass

    Towering clouds sail like the tall ships of a past age cross the crest of the Cascade Mountains. At White Pass, winter is still going strong, and so is the ski season. Here at the edge of the Goat Rocks mountains, the scenery is splendid indeed - from volcanoes, to canyons, to frozen alpine lakes.
  15. Jim D

    Sunset over Lake Stevens 3/28/19

    MP2 2 RAW images processed and stitched in ACR
  16. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Wild Skies of March

    Storms race across the wide fields and low forested hills of the Cowlitz Prairies on a wild day in March, their shadows swirling over the landscape like living inkblots. This wild sky is reflected in marshes, lakes, and distant rivers that cut through the wide plain on their way from snow capped...
  17. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Cascade Snowshoeing Adventure - almost crashed due to ice!

    I filmed this video last week on a snowshoeing trip in the Cascade Mountains, I also put together a photo gallery on my blog: Illuminations from the attic: Snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains The snowshoeing was a lot of fun, and the forst was spectacular under a thing coat of sparkling snow...
  18. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Flying over Floodwaters

    After heavy winter snow blanketed the lowlands of Western Washington came days of warmer weather and rain. The result was an inundated landscape of overflowing rivers and lakes. Everywhere is the sound of water running, falling, and roaring as it races to join the mighty and swollen Columbia.
  19. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Flying over the Cowlitz River Trout Hatchery

    The last light of day splashes down on the still pools, the dappled rays catching in glittering brilliance the spray from leaping trout. The cool water of the surging river glides down through brush clad banks banks towards its confluence with the mighty Columbia. I filmed this video late last...
  20. Jim D

    Sunrise Panorama Over Lake Stevens

    M2P RAW, processed and stitched in ACR