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Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:14 AM
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Slow Stick pics today, take off at 11,000 MSL


Finally got some shots from the Grand Mesa just outside of town.
Leave town (4,700 MSL)at 88, drive 25 min to switchback, up the switchback for another 30 min, and now your at 11,000 feet and it's in the sixties. Mmmmm, feels nice.

6,300 feet to the valley floor from this vantage point. A couple of times I had the slow stick out so far (but not really high) I was almost clear of the switchback, and almost over the valley. So, in essence, had the SS at about 5,000' AGL.

Back to overhead, caught some great lift and specked her out, I'm guessing 1,500 feet and very hard to keep my eyes on, so that puts her at about 12,500 MSL.
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Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:16 AM
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Those lakes out there sit about 7,000 feet lower than the SS vantage point.
Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:17 AM
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SS out over the edge, looking back at the pilot and family
Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:18 AM
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Another self portrait
Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:19 AM
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Toward the sun, I'll have to get this shot toward town one day with the sun at my back.
Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:20 AM
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Looking off to my right
Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:21 AM
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Old Aug 18, 2003, 02:16 AM
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Very nice.
Old Aug 18, 2003, 08:07 AM
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Steve:

Great series. Stunning landscape. Some very subtle colors in there.

Wonder why they built that stone wall at the lookout point - spoils the view ;-)

David
Old Aug 18, 2003, 08:23 AM
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Great shots.
I wish I was there to take some pic's with you.

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Old Aug 18, 2003, 12:04 PM
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There you have it folks. This is why Mr. Nolan is our Aerial Photography Moderator.

Nice shots Steve.

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Old Aug 18, 2003, 01:01 PM
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Thanks. Others certainly take as good and better shots, I just live in an area that affords lots of good photo ops.

I plan to go back up on the mesa this weekend in the morning, and I'll bet the photos will look quite different with the lighting change.

BTW, the mesa I took those photos from is touted as "the world's highest flat top mountain".
Old Aug 18, 2003, 01:25 PM
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Spectacular shots Steve!!!
Old Aug 18, 2003, 03:41 PM
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WHoa, NICE pictures!!
Old Aug 18, 2003, 08:14 PM
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AWESOME!!!! man.. that is just TOOOOO AWESOME.. if ever was a place to get sweet pics.. you are right in the middle of it.. lucky you i cant wait until I get my SS up in the air and get as confident as you are.. I will take mine w/me on vacation up in the mountains and 'try' to get pics anywhere near these.. absolutely awesome


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