Beaver Islands Overflight HD Video

Beaver Islands Overflight HD Video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMgWCHp2jro Click this link to see a short video of a flight from August 31. The Beaver Islands are on the Mississippi River just south of St. Cloud and currently experiencing a very low water level not uncommon for this time of... (continue reading...)

Ogilvie School Fire

Ogilvie School Fire             On August 26, the first official mission of the new HD aircraft was to photograph the old Ogilvie school building. The  Ogilvie school burned on March 15, 2009. I went to school here from kindergarten to early second grade before moving to St. Cloud. My father and grandmother graduated from this... (continue reading...)

On the Scene…

On the Scene…             These are images of the three car collision that occured at Hwy 10 and East St. Germain Street in St.Cloud just before 10pm on Saturday evening. Fortunately,  no serious injuries were reported. Read more about it at... (continue reading...)

Ready to Fly HD

Ready to Fly HD           This is an image taken a few months ago during a test flight for an aircraft that was built to capture an aerial shot for a Hollywood movie. Unfortunately there were complications with the plane that prevented it from going airborn on location in Vancouver, BC last April.            A new design had a very successful test flight 2 days ago. The image quality using the HD cam is a giant leap... (continue reading...)

A Winter Image of the Granite City Crossing Bridge Construction.

A Winter Image of the Granite City Crossing Bridge Construction.               It's going to be very hot today, so here's a cool look back.            This photograph was taken in March, 09. It was a cold day with a steady breeze blowing in from the North. That was actually perfect since the frozen river was my runway.  It was my last and best opportunity to get an aerial shot of the bridge construction at this stage. The weather did not hold up, and only weeks later this area was open... (continue reading...)

Flyball…

Ballpark Overfly < Click that to visit Youtube for a short clip flown just before sunset in nearly windless... (continue reading...)

Images From Oshkosh, EAA AirVenture 2009

Images From Oshkosh, EAA AirVenture 2009 ... (continue reading...)

Goodbye Little Muskrat Island

Goodbye Little Muskrat Island               Boaters on the Mississippi River in St.Cloud and visitors to Wilson Park are probably familiar with the little Island that had sprouted upstream over the years.  I don't know if it had an official name, but I called it Little Muskrat Island (the diminutive cousin of the Beaver Islands to the South). The little Island had a solid base of shrubs, and even it's own tree.  How that tree and vegetation sprouted in such a soggy clump of sand and clay was truly a feat of... (continue reading...)

Quick Response Saves Sauk Rapids Home

Quick Response Saves Sauk Rapids Home [caption id="attachment_85" align="aligncenter" width="537" caption="I was positioned perfectly as this additional unit rolled to a stop, so I framed up the firefighters as they leaped from the truck and went into action. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_86" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="A firefighter emerges with a cat that was inside the house during the fire. Read the complete story at www.WJON.com"][/caption] I'll tell you that it isn't easy to photograph the scene of a bad... (continue reading...)

Highway 23 Improvements Downtown

Highway 23 Improvements Downtown A helo photo to continue the documentation of another improvement project in St. Cloud from an uncommon perspective.  A simple, low-level flight was conducted over open and unpopulated ground to get the... (continue reading...)