To catch up on what the Bolin Creek Project is read HERE.
I have been into Bolin Creek Forest more times than I can count. It’s how I know it should be preserved from even a single square foot of pavement. Yep…been in there a lot. But something I never thought I would do is to see it from above. One day, a few weeks ago though, I was sitting there wishing I could show people how special it is from a whole new perspective. Just how small is it, or large, when seen from above? Just how green is this oasis? How closely is the city already encroaching? How gorgeous IS Bolin Creek Forest as seen from above?
Last week I got to find out. A very cool local pilot took me up so I could find out. I will save the best parts of that experience for a video episode of the project. But I do want to share some images of his absolutely beautiful aircraft. It’s a 1946 Piper Cub. An original WWII Navy Trainer. Going up in this small craft was something that changed me in a lot of ways. Seeing Bolin Creek treetops whisk by did indeed change my perspective on how fortunate we are to have this place so close at hand. And flying in a plane that unique and rare, with such a fascinating pilot with local knowledge was a game changer as well. I don’t know how I keep getting so lucky when it comes to finding great projects to be a part of….but the trend continues.
If you haven’t been in a plane as small as a Piper Cub, I’ll tell ya that it’s about as small as it gets. It is more like having a jacket on as you fly through the air, than being in an airplane that keeps you from feeling that essential closeness. I had no idea flying could feel that way. As the pilot said, “bigger planes slice through the air…but in this plane you are a part of sky.” I couldn’t agree more. Anyway, after the flight I grabbed my trusty Nikon and fixed 50mm f/1.8 and had some fun. Enjoy the pics and remember that you can click to make any pic larger.
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