October Helicopter View

October Helicopter View A view from above Hester Park in St. Cloud as rain inches closer. The Sherburne County Power Plant emits a huge plume of steam in the distance.   Click this link for a flowing view from the helicopter during a practice flight over Hester Park  today. VIDEO >>>... (continue reading...)

A Look Back: DeSoto Demolition On October 2, 2008

A Look Back: DeSoto Demolition On October 2, 2008 [caption id="attachment_405" align="alignnone" width="553" caption="By October 2, 2008, workers had completely removed the center span of the DeSoto... (continue reading...)

One Year Ago Today: The DeSoto Bridge Viewed From The Mississippi

One Year Ago Today: The DeSoto Bridge Viewed From The Mississippi [caption id="attachment_395" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="By September 29, 2008, workers had completely removed the center spans of the DeSoto Bridge. On a barge anchored beneath it, torches were used to cut the beams to workable... (continue reading...)

September 24th, 2009. Granite City Crossing Bridge Construction

September 24th, 2009. Granite City Crossing Bridge Construction [caption id="attachment_386" align="aligncenter" width="585" caption="The state of construction on the Granite City Crossing bridge in St.Cloud, Mn on September 24,... (continue reading...)

September 23, 2008. Torches Cutting Apart the DeSoto Bridge.

September 23, 2008. Torches Cutting Apart the DeSoto Bridge.           This shot was taken from the ground as crews began to cut the DeSoto bridge to pieces, span by span. Flight Flash is producing a video that will commemorate the DeSoto bridge from demolition to construction of the new Granite City Crossing bridge. Stay tuned....     [caption id="attachment_376" align="aligncenter" width="429" caption="This is a current photo snapped a few days ago of the Granite City Crossing Bridge construction. (Photo... (continue reading...)

East St. Germain Hit-and-Run, Shots Fired

East St. Germain Hit-and-Run, Shots Fired  Late  Thursday evening on September 17, 2009, emergency services responded to the scene at E. St. Germain Street where an individual had been struck by a vehicle. During the event, a 15-year-old relative of the victim allegedly fired at the vehicle with a pistol. Again, Flight Flash has the exclusive photos as no other photojournalists were on scene. VIDEO At the scene:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIFD17xV3Ow LEARN MORE AT WJON.COM... (continue reading...)

DeSoto Bridge Update: One Year Ago on 9.15.8

DeSoto Bridge Update: One Year Ago on 9.15.8           One year ago, the DeSoto bridge in St. Cloud was all but stripped down to it's steel girders. Demolition had begun only 12 days before on September 3,... (continue reading...)

Bursting Light…

Bursting Light…            Bursts of light on the horizon and a few audible pops caught my attention just around 9:30 this evening.  Thinking it might be lightning, I pulled up the radar to see if there was a storm coming. The radar indicated no storm anywhere near. When I saw the sky flash again, and could hear fire sirens near, I clicked on the radio to learn there was an electrical pole sparking at 1225 W. St. Germain St.  Here you see the situation is under control, and the SCFD is... (continue reading...)

September 12, 2008.

September 12, 2008.             One year ago, on September 12, 2008, the new Great River Regional Library opened to the public for it's first day. This composite image was captured from the Flight Flash helicopter during the last burst of daylight that day. Flight Flash often uses current satellite imagery to estimate the quality of light, particularly towards the end of the day. In this case, launch was delayed in anticipation of the last rays of good lighting to document this historic... (continue reading...)

Angel View: Labor Day Sunset 09

Angel View: Labor Day Sunset 09   I think this shot is quite beautiful, and I was happy to see it on WJON.com. I'll archive it here so it may continue to be... (continue reading...)