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N 2 B 366 C 0 E Mar 13, 2019 F Mar 13, 2019
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Using a 2sqm foil kite and a GoPro (the small travel kit)

Tags:   KAP kite aerial photo church tower campanile Italy alto adige Südtirol Reschen Reschensee rescia snow winter mountains alps resia

N 3 B 133 C 2 E May 6, 2017 F Oct 15, 2020
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Kite Aerial Photography

Location: Wyadup, Western Australia
Camera: Panasonic GM1 with Laowa 7.5mm lens
Kite: ITW Levitation Light with Dynamic Spreader
Wind: 20 knot northerly

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One of my projects this Fall is taking baseline photographs of the current landscape in the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve’s Phase II project area. This next phase of salt pond restoration is located just south of Phase I, incorporating the area between Old Alameda Creek and the Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel. The area is currently dominated by diked ponds that are remnants of over a century of salt production. Over the next few years, many of these ponds will become connected to the tides while others will be managed with muted tidal flow as avian habitat.

For this photo session, I began with a quick round of photographs of the ever entertaining Salt Pond E6C, which was largely dry but still sporting its signature bright red brine. I then shifted to the southern junction of Salt Ponds E5 (orange brine) and E4 (green brine) and walked the new refurbished levees generally westward with E4 on my left and E5 followed by E7 on my right. I hiked the levee taking photographs as far as the E7 junction with E1 and E2 then reversed course to retrace my steps. The winds had started out quite fresh, so I had a Sutton 16 aloft and it was pulling like a mule. Happily, the breeze abated during my walk and the kite flying became more comfortable. I finished the day by taking a few more photographs of E6C concluding what was a lovely day in the field.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Kite flying is prohibited over the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve without a Special Use Permit.

Tags:   Hayward California United States KAP kite aerial photography Hidden Ecologies Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge SBSPRP South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project salt ponds South San Francisco Bay Bay Trail Eden Landing Ecological Reserve ELER E6C E4 E5 E7

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I am delighted that I can now post some contemporary photographs. The conditions of my permits for South Bay kite aerial photography include a hiatus each year from the end of February to the start of September to avoid disturbing nesting birds. Thus, I eagerly await the start of fall and with it the chance to do some fieldwork.

On this occasion, I made a Wednesday trip to the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) near Hayward, California. I launched the kite from the Oliver Salt Works ruins and walked the levee separating E13 from E12. I photographed this area just a week ago and was taken with the geometry and colors of the small sub-ponds that have been created as avian habitat in this area. This was a bonus session of sorts, as I had finished an earlier session over on Salt Ponds E10 and E11. Instead of joining the commute hour traffic, I decided to make this quick walk down to the pumphouse on the east side of E13. I reached the pumphouse and its adjacent marshes just as the sun was setting and that made for a pleasant end to the day.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Kite flying is prohibited over the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve without a Special Use Permit.

Tags:   Hayward California United States KAP kite aerial photography Hidden Ecologies Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge SBSPRP South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project salt ponds South San Francisco Bay Bay Trail Eden Landing Ecological Reserve ELER E12 E13 levee Mt. Eden Creek Marsh North Creek Marsh


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