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Understatement: natural wonders look wonderful from the air. The world’s great scenic locations are seen and celebrated now as never before. Our cameras have “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” (so beautifully put in the sonnet, High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., a Royal Canadian Airforce pilot. He wrote the famous poem in 1941 just after taking his Spitfire Mk I to 33,000 feet). AIRLEAF is respectful of laws governing the flying of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones) over federal and state parklands. We get the shots without crossing the line. Nature conservation – and the opportunity for people to enjoy nature without leaving their chairs – not bad. It gave us great joy to capture these scenes of Colorado’s Maroon Bells. The Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains – Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak– separated by about a third of a mile, near Aspen..


High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air….

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew —

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.