Saturday, March 9, 2013

William Blair Park

In February of 2012, I was able to fly down at William Blair Park and got some good photos, but in the middle of winter, the Great Trinity Forest looked stark and lifeless. When early this week I heard that the buckeye trees in the Great Trinity Forest were beginning to bloom, I started watching for a weather window to go back down to William Blair Park and hopefully capture some color this time.

As you can see in this picture, with the lower chain of wetland cells in the background, that the forest as viewed from the air doesn't have much color yet. I'll have to try to make it back down there in a week or two.

I did get some decent images of the city's municipal complex with the Dallas skyline in the background. Also in this picture, in the upper left corner in the construction of the City’s project housing.

Another good shot of the skyline, and William Blair Park off to the right.

Here is a better shot of William Blair Park

Off in the distance in this picture, you can see the Trailhead for the Buckeye trail, which is located at the south end of Bexar St.

Lastly, a shot looking east towards Pemberton Hill Road.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Nebraska Furniture Mart Construction site

When I read in this thread on the site about a Nebraska Furniture Mart being built in The Colony, the size of the site didn't register with me. 1.8 Million Sq. Ft. I just didn't have much to compare that to. Then local Carrollton photographer Scott Dorn told me where the site was, I knew I needed to try and get some before shot.  I wasn’t prepared for how massive this construction site is.  I drove around a little bit and was shocked and the acreage of this site.  On the surface, my pictures just do not do the scale of this project any justice, but more on that later. 
I pulled into one of the construction entrances and got permission to fly from the site.  I was able to take off and land from a packed gravel lot that was being smoothed out by a roller while I was flying.  My friend and fellow blogger, Chris Jackson showed up to take some photos while the plane was in the air.  He is a pro at shooting birds in flight, so what better a person to shoot some images of my plane in flight, but more on that in a future post.

Here is one of the few pictures that I got that start to show the scale of this project.  The little white spot just above center of this picture is a pickup truck and a car.  This shot is looking east.

Here is a shot looking North East and same two vehicles.

And another shot looking east while the place was closer to the active equipment.  The dozers and dump trucks in the foreground look tiny compared to this place.

Here is a look to the south east.


Here are some shots of the surrounding area.

This one is looking North West with Lake Lewisville in the distance.

Looking North with Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park the upper left.

and finally, looking West South West, with Target and Best Buy off in the distance, a nice smooth, freshly rolled, place to land in the foreground. 

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