August 1, 2014
Why I Love My Drone
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog featuring amazing aerial photos of my farm taken by a DJI Phantom flying camera, owned and operated by Dominic Arena, one of my security detail. The blog had tremendous readership and many enlightening comments were posted. I was even asked by TIME to write an essay on the topic, which I did this week. You can read the entire article by clicking here. Enjoy some more of Dominic’s great photos and see how wonderful it is to view a property from a new vantage point! Aerial photography allows us to see really trees and plan land and forest management, and also plan for new building sites.
1 This is a spectacular aerial photo of my farm taken by Dominic's drone. The vegetable garden is on the bottom right. The stable complex is on the right, the equipment barn complex on the left and my house is across the paddocks in the distance.
2 The drone was flown over the paddocks where it took this nice shot of the stable.
3 A bit lower and facing the opposite direction, it captured this image of the cutting garden with tall blooming sunflowers and brilliant pink phlox.
4 The same garden as seen from the ground
5 Another shot
6 The drone turned towards the equipment barn, the hay barn - which is used for storage, and the vegetable greenhouse where we grow produce in the ground all winter long.
7 Away from the main part of the farm is a building called the Contemporary House. Years ago, when the farm was under construction, the project manager lived here. I would like to modernize it, but for now, it is used for storage.
8 The Contemporary House from the ground
9 Dominic turned the drone to focus on himself, as he was controlling it across the hayfield.
10 Another turn to focus on the stable once more
11 This is a similar shot taken from higher elevation.
12 Another turn to focus on the Cross River Reservoir which, as you can see, is quite close to my farm.
13 Dominic flew the drone over the compost piles and the field where Christmas trees are growing. This is the utility area of the farm where Dominic's portable saw mill operates. That pile of logs are trees that came down in Hurricane Sandy and are being sawed into lumber.
14 We had this storage unit constructed to house the set of my television show when it ended.
15 The sawmill from above
16 At ground level
17 A lower view of this area
18 A large portion of the farm is woodland.
19 This is the lower paddock with the run-in shed.
20 This is the Maple Avenue house, another structure on the farm. The long lilac allee is seen on the bottom left.
21 The drone's camera was directed towards the tennis court.
22 The tennis court from the ground
23 And a final turn towards the reservoir again