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  1. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    3 Road and bridge destroyed by landslide - Mavic 3 Pro video

    I made it up to Mt. St. Helens NVM before they shut down the entire Western side of the Monument on Monday, and hiked way out up a ridge to get a view of where a landslide took out the bridge on SR 504. Folks, this is going to take a long time to repair! My guess is that record high temps...
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    3 Stop the McCannon Timber Sale! Save old growth trees

    I filmed this video last week while exploring in the Willapa Hills near Pe Ell, Washington. This legacy forest and its remnant old growth trees is almost unique in the area, as most of the original native forest has been wiped out. Sadly, the same fate lies in store for the big trees of...
  3. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    3 King Tide in Puget Sound

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    3 North Siouxon Creek - an old growth forest on the brink of destruction

    I filmed this video last week in the North Siouxon Creek valley, where I visited and documented an old growth forest at imminent risk of destruction by the Department of Natural Resources in the Beehive Timber Sale. I captured it using the DJI Mavic 3, DJI Avata, GoPro Hero 11 Black, Nikon Z9...
  5. GeekAthair

    Flying In The Olympic Peninsula (WA)

    I have an anniversary trip coming up in May with my beautiful bride and will be staying in the Forks area for 2 nights. I know Most of the coastline is protected and off-limits from Queets up to Neah Bay and the National Park land is entirely off-limits but if I understand correctly, National...
  6. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    3 Summit Lake Legacy Forest

    Summit Lake is the brilliant, crystalline gem of the Capitol Hills. Folded into the northern flank of that small, forested mountain range, Summit Lake is home to salmon and people alike, and both depend on its clear, clean water. That water quality is dependent on the wild forests that blanket...
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    3 Beatty Creek Legacy Forests - Big Trees in Peril

    The deep, quiet valley of Beatty Creek is one of the few wild valleys home to big trees and diverse, natural legacy forest left in the Capitol Hills. Here can be found a vibrant, native ecosystem largely untouched in over a century, with large remnant old growth trees that stood watch over the...
  8. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    3 Severe flooding in the Pacific Northwest

    Severe weather brought major flooding to the lowlands of Southwest Washington in the Pacific Northwest this week. Many roads were underwater, including a long stretch of the I-5 freeway. Towns such as Centralia, Chehalis, and Kelso were seriously affected. This natural disaster is the second of...
  9. IlluminationsfromtheAttic

    Air 2s Autumn in the Bob Bammert Ancient Forest - DJI FPV + Air 2S

    I filmed this video a few weeks ago while the fall colors were at their peak. I used the DJI FPV to capture dynamic interior shots of the forest, and the Air 2S to get broader, richer landscape shots. I also threw in a few clips I captured with my Nikon Z6 The Bob Bammert Grove is a stunning...
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    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...
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    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...
  12. 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.
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    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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
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    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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...