1 Dominic was up bright and early! Standing near the horse stables, he flew his drone high enough to take this breathtaking sunrise featuring the Cross River Reservoir.
2 Another beautiful shot of the reservoir.
3 A very artistic shot of the sunrise through the paddock fence by the trailer barn.
4 This beautiful aerial shot of my home, which I call the Winter house (center), includes the flower room, carport and studio in the one long structure to the left, the Summer house to the far right, one of the horse paddocks and my beautiful peony garden in full bloom below.
5 A closer look at the peony garden.
6 Another stunning view of the Winter house and my daughter's home, the Tenant house, across the roadway to the left.
7 A sweeping shot of the horse paddock shown in the first photo (center), a smaller paddock on the left and the donkey paddock on the right.
8 Yet another beautiful view of the Winter and Tenant houses. This shot includes the flower garden in the top left corner.
9 A more focused look at the flower garden, directly overhead.
10 Another look at the flower garden. To its left is the equipment shed, hoop house, vegetable greenhouse, blueberry garden and hay barn. To the immediate right is the main greenhouse, though covered by trees in this photo.
11 A closer look at the equipment shed, hoop house, vegetable greenhouse and hay barn. The curved structure in the foreground is the blueberry garden. It's actually not curved at all, but only appears so due to distortion created by the wide-angle lens on the drone camera.
12 A great shot of the main greenhouse in the foreground - also distorted by the wide angle lens, flower garden behind it and the equipment shed, vegetable greenhouse and hay barn in the back. Then notice the structure in the top left of the photo...
13 It is my horse stable. My Chow Chow, Ghenghis Khan, loves to play in the small paddock on the upper right, which is sectioned off from the large horse paddock by an electric fence. If you look closely, you can see Dominic near the gate in the boxwood allee.
14 I planted the long allee of boxwood ten years ago and am so very happy I did. The box has thrived and looks utterly amazing!
15 The stable "block" is a very beautiful architectural gem- the three stone structures include the main stable house in the center, the carriage house on the left, and the farm offices on the right. The courtyard is paved with real cobblestones and the gravel road surround is very nicely rectangular.
16 A sweeping shot of the donkey paddock (far left), horse stable and chicken coop on the far right. I covered the paddock with black plastic to kill the grass. The plastic has since been removed, the grass has died and the donkeys are healthier playing on the hard dirt with no rich grass to give them colic and cause them to founder. Remember, they are native to Sicily where they exist on sparse food in a rocky terrain.
17 A nice shot of my Friesians, Rinze, Rutger, Meindert and Ramon on the left and Sasa on the right. The grass in these paddocks is cut very short, preventing too much rich grazing which causes the Freisians to get fat.
18 Another look at the horses in their paddock.
19 I love the intersection of the four big horse paddocks and the way the fencing makes everything so architecturally pleasing. I have learned alot about "axis of vision", focal points, and landscape planting since my first garden at Turkey Hill.
20 A beautiful morning shot of my home in the background, the horse stable on the left and the afore mentioned paddocks. I am so happy and amazed that the aerial shots show such nice structure and orderliness - a well designed landscape!
21 A final sweeping shot of the 4 paddocks in front of the stable.
22 An overhead shot of my thriving vegetable garden and chicken coops. The four small structures are the slate roofed coops. The light green square in the upper-right is the chicken grazing paddock, and the rectangular garden in the lower-center is the pumpkin patch and the newly planted boxwood nursery.
23 A great shot of the corn crib is in the center and the long curvy structure above it is the top of the clematis pergola.
24 A better view of the long clematis pergola.
25 The model drone that Dominic purchased can fly to an altitude of almost 900 feet, giving photographers a vantage they could only get by renting a helicopter in the past.
26 Browse through the final few photographs taken with this amazing device and don't forget to leave a comment. I'm eager to read your feedback!