Mission Valley south view KAP

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This is a kite photo from a couple weeks ago taken just off the road at the Ninepipe bird refuge. The wind was blowing from the southwest so the big Delta was given all kinds of great updrafts. In the spring all these potholes are filled with water, of course, but we don’t want to disturb any nesting birds. Thus we are content to photograph in the fall. (Maybe this winter the ponds will fill at little too…) If we see lots of wildlife in the area then we don’t fly. We just watch through binoculars.

Last weekend we saw about 50 Bison and 2 lovely swans at a watering hole on our side of the Bison Range just off Highway 93. Sometimes we fly at a unused rest stop at the top of the hill but that afternoon we watched the Bison instead, for a long time.

Matthew and I are a team when it comes to the KAP. I usually launch and he waits until I give the kite enough altitude to attach the camera. As you can see, I didn’t have any trouble lifting the GoPro here. I do think we are going to have to get a larger spool with more line. 500 feet is fine for most flights but I don’t want to be nervous if I’m reaching the end of the line!

A late summer’s View

Perma landscape late Summer

It was a busy but wonderful summer for us. We kayaked the Flathead River four times from May through August. Now the river is a bit low. This photo was taken a few days ago a mile or so from the Perma Bridge with the small kite. At first we launched our big kite and immediately the spool was ripped from my hands and started spinning like a top on the ground. I managed to hold onto the line (with gloves) but could feel the heat from friction, as the kite bolted upwards. Very exciting. We brought the big kite down as soon as the spool was secured and launched the little one. Too much breeze for the big guy! The small kite had no problem lifting the Go-Pro with its case. Gotta’ love that wind power.

Fall Flathead River KAP

Fields of Green

Last week we were asked to take photos of a place outside of town. It was a gorgeous day. To the right you can see the kite line. We certainly got our walking for the afternoon. The fields of the farm were green with new grass. This photo is looking west.Farm kiteAnd this photo is looking east. The Missions are bright and still have quite a bit of snow on them. We are using a GoPro and a small Canon camera to capture kite photos. Not at the same time, but some people get two kites in the air.. Hmm…

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Kite photography

Kalaloch Beach kiteThis is a self-portrait of myself on the beach a couple weeks ago standing at the edge of the surf. I was attempting to retrieve a large piece of rubber flooring. It took several minutes but I was able to snag it and I carried it up to the dumpster in the picnic area at Kalaloch, in the Olympic NP. Being springtime there was much flotsam and we were able to assist, during our hikes, in the clean-up which took place that weekend. In the pouring rain, I might add – there was much water from the sea and from the sky. If we’d had our kayak, we easily could have slipped it into the surf and paddled out to sea.

We began trying aerial photography using a kite on this trip. It worked beautifully. Matt hung onto the kite here in this photo. It took both of us to launch the camera after we’d secured a good wind. We both took turns urging the kite upwards until it caught a good breeze, and then it flew perfectly despite the rain. Can you guess how large this piece of driftwood is?

driftwood from the air

 

Sun, sand & Ice

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The Clark Fork is a river in our area with a reputation for big ice jams in the winter. Right now however, the river flows free for the most part.

We found the sunshine on its banks a couple days ago. Sitting in the sand with ski pants on, I watched bits of ice turn in the water, sparkling snow boats, float slowly past.

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Now that it is winter

It is the first day of winter. I’ve always marveled at the wisdom of celebrating winter because it’s the time of returning light.

That should be reason enough to step out the door in the evening and take the camera. I took these a few nights ago. I couldn’t believe the light show which ensued; it lasted for nearly a half hour. I’m so glad I decided to go for a walk.

The second photo is looking east as the light plays with clouds and an oncoming storm over the Missions.bisonrange
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