“Shipwreck Stew” Now Live On Kickstarter

Shipwreck Stew is a collection of true stories written by Steven Sohlstrom. It chronicles his recent adventures sailing and will be avaliable soon in paperback. Click to check it out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/826411444/shipwreck-stew-stories-of-a-novice-sailor-from-min  

Prints Now Available On Ebay

Flight Flash - St. Cloud’s original radio pilot news service is preparing to resume flying in the future. Until then, please support our system upgrades with the purchase of a print from our vast, beautiful and historic archive. Purchase is available on Ebay or in Downtown St. Cloud at Paper Collector Gallery. Request any photo you see on the website! Thanks, Steve….. Ebay Link for Flight Flash: http://www.ebay.com/sch/wingstall/m.html?item=291324587627&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

Happy Independence Day…News From Flight Flash Coming Soon…

 Flight Flash is making plans to integrate with photographic sailing expeditions coming soon!

Memorial Day Explosion At Sartell Paper Mill

On May 28, an explosion at the Verso paper mill in Sartell, Minnesota claimed one life, injured five others, and resulted in the biggest fire in Sartell’s history.  The blast concusion was experienced by many around town, and it was reported that the thick black smoke was visible from as far away as Foley. Crystal Blunt captured this image less than half an hour after the initial blast, and the fire continued to burn for the following two days. The following images where captured as smoke still trickled into the air above the mill. The Radio Pilot News Service of Flight Flash took to the sky today for this aerial perspective. A solemn flight today with thoughts for the man who lost his life in this tragedy.  For additional coverage, link to www.WJON.com .

Untitled: Unexplained Aerial Phenomena

Melting Mississippi

Patches of open water were widening on the river today as temperatures in St.Cloud went into the high 50′s. View a shot overlooking the city as seen on WJON. http://wjon.com/overlooking-the-frozen-mississippi-river/

Balmy January Skies

     I sent the plane up for a low-res trip above the ranch neighborhood last weekend. This is the centrecam aircraft with the camera looking down and backwards today. Although it can mount on skis, it’s still currently on wheel landing gear. In this configuration the propellor is very low to the ground and you can hear it sucking a few small rocks into the propellor and launching at least one of them right through the tailfin. The river in view is the Missippi.      It was around 18 degrees during the flight and upon landing I discovered the Prius needed a jumpstart, so I had to hoof it a ways back home to get help. Anyone else out there have trouble with needing to jumpstart their Prius a lot? [youtube uxxT0z5n_hQ]

From Ice To The Sky: A Study Of The Frozen Mississippi

  [youtube UgLtdq63xy0]           After several days of temperatures well below freezing, the Mississippi River has frozen over in St.Cloud. Absent of snowcover, it was a great opportunity to photograph and study the pattern of freezing on the river. The water on the East side of this portion of the river is generally last to freeze and first to thaw. Due to the uneven and unpredictable pattern of freezing river water, it is considerably dangerous to wander onto the river ice, especially under snowcover. It is notable that the white areas are not snow, but artifacts of the crushing ice formation.           These images were gathered for science and safety, so I was not concerned with the nose wheel that drops into camera view. This particular airplane is the only one I use which takes off directly from the ground. Recently fitted with wheels to do video flights, it was last flown with skis during the winter of early 2009 to document the construction of the Granite City Crossing bridge Makes A Unique Holiday Gift…Stop By Paper Collector And Select From A Large Collection Of Prints.  Most Flight Flash images are available on request at Paper Collector Gallery. 5×7, 8×10 and 13×19 sizes available.

Flight Flash On Exhibit At Stearns History Museum

It was a tremendous honor for Flight Flash to be exhibited at the Stearns County History Museum. Thank you for hosting the exhibit and to any of the public that were able to attend! Sincerely, Steven

Chasing Rainfall

Scroll Down This Page For Postings Through June, 2011. For Additional Amazing Aerial Photos, Click Through The Archives From May 2011 And Before.        I hoped that the combination of heavy rain and a break in the clouds would result in an incredible rainbow today so I scrambled the airplane to Whitney Field. Unfortunately, the rainbow never materialized. The weather turned hot, muggy and hazy today, and later, I spent an hour of flying at the amazing Boomerville Lodge.        A special thanks to everyone who came to Paper Collector Gallery for the Sizzling Summer Art Crawl, The St.Cloud Times, Star Tribune, and the new businesses and people supporting the effort to make aerial photography more affordable and accessible in Minnesota.