This past weekend we took a stock photography flight to the airstrip at Eagle City, Utah. A good friend, Cory, and his son Adam came with us in their Cessna 205. The strip is located in the foothills of the Henry Mountains South of Hanksville. When standing on the strip, looking to the West gives you incredible views of the snow-capped Henry Mountains, and looking East fixes your gaze at the red rock mesas and canyons not too far away.
Eagle City was a booming gold mining town back in the 1800’s, with some estimates putting the population as high as 200 people. Unfortunately, the mine kept flooding and the money dried up before they could get the drain holes engineered and built. The town disappeared quickly after that.
We spent most of the day exploring and photographing the Crescent Creek slot canyon just South of the strip. About halfway down the canyon there is a 60 foot drop off where miners had created a dam a long time ago. We were without climbing gear, so we hiked back up the canyon and skirted around the outside to the East were we hiked upstream until the light started fade.
We arrived back the planes just in time to get a great shot of the sun setting behind the mountains and clouds with the airplanes in front. This image is our free computer wallpaper for this month, and you can download it here: Free Computer Wallpaper
All in all, it was a great trip and we look forward to going back with climbing ropes and harnesses and do the slot canyon right.
On September 19, 2014, 27 year old Jack McAtee went missing from Frisco, Colorado. He hasn’t been seen since. He was last seen wearing a red/maroon hoodie, blue jeans, a tan hat and moccasins. Friends and family think one of the areas he might be in is Arches National Park. He liked to hike there and it’s possible that he got a ride to the park, went hiking alone and was injured. A few weeks ago, friends of the family asked us to fly over the “Great Wall” area of the park, one of his favorite hiking areas, and shoot vertical (straight down) photography at 3″ resolution. We’ve created a Google Earth file for the imagery we produced. If you want to help in the search, download the file, click on a marker for the full resolution image and search through it. If you see anything at all, let them know. At the very least we can help eliminate the need to search on foot large areas of the park. To learn more, visit this website: http://www.findjackmcatee.com/
To download the Google Earth file, click on the image below:
It’s time (well, past time) to download a new scenic Utah background for all you devices. This month we choose this beautiful image of East, West and Merrick Buttes in Monument Valley. Shot on an evening flight in February, you can see a few remnants of a recent snow storm in the shadows. This image was also a winning image at the Professional Aerial Photographers Association conference in Atlanta, GA last month.
Just click the image above or go to our Computer Wallpaper link in the menu at the top of the page.
It’s been a long time since our last website update, and it was time to make it happen. Please feel free to check out some of the new features we’ve included. The website is now scale-able for mobile devices, it includes a new gallery system, links to search our Scenic Stock Photography from any page, and a lot of other little changes. Let us know what you think!
Barnstormers.com, an airplane and aviation marketplace, has featured several of the videos we’ve made of us flying around Utah. The most recent video they have featured is of our trip to the Happy Canyon and Dirty Devil airstrips in South-East Utah. Watch it below on our YouTube channel:
The annual Professional Aerial Photographers Association international conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia this year. We just returned from attending and we are pleased to announce that Allen took 2nd place in the Masters division with his image of Monument Valley titled Backlit Buttes!
You can purchase a print of this image by clicking on it and going to our Scenic Aerial Stock archive.