Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Florida and the Bahamas from sea level to 1000 feet, Part 1

Over the years our bi-annual flying-photo adventures have become a tradition. 2009 Was the year of the "Chasing the Volcanos" trip to the North West of the USA. The archived part 1 of 6 blogposts on the trip can be found here.

Route flown by Cessna 172SP G1000, Nov 2011
Our latest adventure which we completed end of November 2011, started in Lantana near Palm Beach, FL, where we rented  a 2007 Cessna 172SP G1000, for a 10 day trip through South-Florida, followed by an island hopping trip to the Bahamas.

Refueling our Cessna 172 at Lantana airport, FL
Most of you probably know that my day job is being an airline pilot. My real love of flying however is in flying single engine light aircraft over great scenery like what you are about to witness here! 

My wife Djamila, the pilot for this great photo adventure
Because my other passion is photography, having a wife who can do most of the flying, really helps!

Miami beach skyline
We started the trip by heading South along the famous Miami beaches. A great mix of Modern and Art Deco architecture.

Lifeguard at Miami South beach
Everybody has probably seen the typical images of the Miami beach lifeguards.

Long Key bridge, The Keys, FL
From the planning stage it was clear, that this trip would provide me plenty of opportunity to shoot some interesting aerials like the Long Key bridge on the way to Key West, FL.

Sunset over the Everglades, FL
One of the highlights of the Florida part of the trip was a visit to the Everglades national Park, where we kayaked with the alligators! Just before landing at the tiny airstrip of Everglades City, I shot this beautiful sunset over the nearby ten thousand islands. The only downside of our arrival time was that we were eaten by mosquitos after disembarking...

Lake reflection during Canoe trip in the Everglades, FL
Reflections in the water were just mind-boggling. 

Skyway bridge near St Petersburg, FL
Bridges are always good subjects for aerial photography. The Skyview bridge near St Petersburg, FL is defenitively no exception!

Piper Cub Seaplane at Browns Seaplane base, FL
I've been planning to do a short introduction flight in a seaplane since my visit to the Sun 'n Fun fly-inn earlier this year... For the second time, the weather was not on my side when we visited Brown's seaplane base near Winter Haven, FL. I guess, I'll have to go with the "third time lucky".

In a few days, part 2 of this multi blogpost, will take us to the islands of the Bahamas. 

Till then,
Fly safe, shoot good,
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