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From the Air

Posted by | October 28, 2013

Anna and I before she chickened outLast week I had the chance to rise 750 feet above the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in a 1933-vintage open-cockpit bi-plane piloted by Dave Trucksess of Seacoast Biplane Tours. Less than 5 minutes after our take-off from Sanford Airport, we were over the Webhannet River estuary and for the next 20 minutes I got an eyeful of glistening salt marsh, just-past-peak mixed-forest foliage, and Laudholm's many yellow farm buildings.

Ensconced in the front seat, windproof vest zipped up, aviator hat pulled down, a headset muffling the engine noise and carrying light commentary from my pilot, I gripped tight the camera and started to shoot.

Little River estuary through the biplane's strutsSolar panelsDrakes IslandLooking south at the campusLooking east over the campus to the Little RiverMeandering creeks and legacy drainage ditches in the Little River salt marshSun glint over estuaries

  1. My daughter almost went aloft, but demurred at the last minute.That's okay; I welcomed the extra elbow room.
  2. A look at the Little River estuary through the biplane's struts.
  3. My best look yet at those new solar panels.
  4. A narrow strip of Drakes Island homes perched between salt marsh and Wells Bay.
  5. Looking south at the campus, Knight Trail beckoning.
  6. Looking east over a cluster of farm buildings toward the Little River estuary.
  7. Creeks meander through the Little River salt marsh. The straight lines are old drainage ditches, bane of a healthy marsh.
  8. Westward view over two estuaries, the Little and the Webhannet.

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