Christmas Eve aerial

Christmas Eve aerial

If you like doing aerial photography, it helps to know people who are pilots.  When they call and ask if you would like to go up and do some shooting, even if the light isn’t that great, it’s best to take advantage when you can.  So, when I received a call from such a pilot on the morning on Christmas Eve asking if I was interested in going up, I said yes.  Of course, the clouds were dominating the sky, and there were few breaks, but I am ever the optimist when it comes to photography.  I generally try to not let current conditions dictate future photo plans.

We met up over at Merrill Field.  Our aircraft for the flight was a Cessna 172 Skyhawk II, a four-seater of common size for use in Alaska.  The original plan was to fly down along the Turnagain Arm to Portage, but the clouds were getting pretty thick up there.  So, instead, we flew along the Powerline Pass area, across over to Ship Lake, then down along the Ship Creek drainage before turning back for a return along Bear Valley.

It was the first time I had ever glimpsed this portion of the Chugach Mountains.  You get a sense of how connected the valleys and drainages are by looking at them on a map, but you really don’t get a true appreciation for it until you can see the connections from the air.  I visualized many routes that would make for good backpacking trips.  One of the great things about living in Anchorage is the accessible wilderness.

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