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“Wildflowers are the stuff of my heart!”
― Lady Bird Johnson

I’m off to meet a bride and groom this evening so the blog post is rather brief and the photos quite last minute! Lots to do… But we’ve had these wild strawberries growing every year by the home-made pond and this year they’ve just started to make an appearance again. I thought they looked pretty good, albeit almost invisible because they are so tiny…!

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“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.

Let’s write a good one…”

For Christmas, I bought my boyfriend a GoPro Camera (Hero 3!) – by yesterday afternoon, he had the DJI Phantom Quadcopter arriving on the doorstep to fly it! For those who aren’t into the techy side of Photography, or those who simply don’t have a clue what these things are (because I didn’t!) – the GoPro is a sports camera which we are hoping to use in particular for Dashboard recordings on road trips e.t.c.

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A Quadcopter is a copter lifted and propelled with four rotors – and the one that my boyfriend bought holds a GoPro nicely underneath it for aerial footage. For both of us, this is a huge step into a different kind of photography and an altogether more expensive hobby than buying lens’s and accessories for our D-SLR Cameras.

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But it’s worth it. This afternoon he sent the Quadcopter up over the house to capture some footage and test the waters a little, this was after much pondering yesterday on how to get the thing working. The recording captured though, was amazing. It reminded me of a helicopter flight earlier this year, but without the scary heights bit.

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For decades, we as human beings have lived firmly at ground level. Yes we fly to exotic countries, for work or for a hobby or two (good luck to those who can afford it!) But we aren’t curious to see what the world looks like from above, or rather, not enough of us are.

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I’m fascinated with the views that the Quadcopter has to show and the things that it unearths which are usually hidden at ground level by buildings, trees and other structures. The stills pulled from todays footage show just a little of what’s around us. The most profound thing I felt whilst looking at the images captured was how close we live to other people, without really realizing it.

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Perhaps the Quadcopter and GoPro set up will provide a slightly more interesting and unique angle to the 365 Challenge in 2014 – maybe we’ll see a little more from above this year. Let’s hope so…

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