I’ve been wanting a drone for a while, and we hadn’t really been talking about it or anything, and then Eric totally surprised me with it! Ours is a DJI Phantom 3 Standard. It was a little tricky to set up, but now that everything is connected (drone, remote controller, iPhone app) and communicating nicely, it’s very easy to just take it out and fly it around. For a while it has been very windy at the property, and we haven’t had it out. Maybe when we’re more experienced flying it the wind won’t be a big deal (or maybe it will?) Anyway, these stills are from late August when we first flew it.

The first evening we took it out there was a big thunderstorm up at the Grand Canyon! We couldn’t see the lightning from the ground, other than just flashes in the sky. The drone could see the lightning really well!

It’s exciting to get some overall perspective on the grandness of the landscape. I love how the little round Quonset huts sit nestled in the trees, with their simple geometry. In the shot below, you can see our triangular shade sail that we picnicked under during our summer campouts at the property. In the distance there is Bill Williams Mountain, rising above the nearby town of Williams. I’m glad we have these views of the property when it’s just our first two Quonset huts. Next summer we’ll be building our Guest House, and then in 2019 we plan on starting construction our main house.

I’ve been working on editing our drone video footage; hopefully I’ll be done with it soon and I’ll give it its own post.

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