After a sad and disjointed winter a lot of fun has come our way. My mother’s passing in December was a time of reflection resulting in difficulty getting focused, but like all things, this too did pass, and we moved on to better days. We have a new endeavor we are pursuing.
We have ventured into the world of photography and videography, as well as continued work on my books. Tal is a pro, taking after his father who had a love for photography and who documented his family times via thousands of slides.
To step things up a notch we invested in a Nikon Coolpix P-900. We were quite excited about our pictures of the moon and the great zoom this camera offers. The most fun has been the time-lapse feature especially on the days the clouds are billowing.
Then came the Phantom III Standard Drone. At first, I was a bit intimidated by this flying machine that Tal navigated with ease. The videos were amazing though and it didn’t take long for me to look forward to each and every video clip from up high in the sky. Tal started at the standard 400 feet off the ground but wanted to go much higher. He upgraded to 1,600 feet off the ground. It’s amazing to see the landscapes from that high up. I do like some of the lower flights just as well though, as they give a much different perspective. The fun part is that we can take snapshots from the videos to capture stills of the most amazing scenes.
This has opened a whole new world to us. We have been talking about starting a business for some time and this gave us the perfect product. The ideas have been unlimited. I see post cards, screen savers, and print posters for starters.
When we pulled into Columbus, New Mexico just a couple of miles from the Mexican border, Tal was becoming an expert at flying his drone. We weren’t parked but an hour or so when the President of the First Aero Squadron Foundation, Ric Lambart, stopped by and asked Tal to shoot some video for him. At the same time, he invited us to park on the historic airfield. He was the first of the terrific people we would come to meet, and it was the beginning of the great times we would have in Columbus.
Bob and Bridget Wright took us underwing, showed us the sights, and took us for lunch in Palomas, Mexico. We went to the Pink Store. Great food, pottery, jewelry, and their world famous margaritas made for a great day!
A few weeks into our visit in Columbus, Tal’s son, Nick (or Nico as the Mexicans call him) came for a visit. There is nothing to liven things up like a youngster in your midst. At 33 years old, there’s still a lot of energy going on. We enjoyed his company for a few days when a fellow traveler joined us all for a two day party. Ajo was passing close enough to stop by and add to the fun times. We parked caravan style and Nick lit a fire for roasting hotdogs. I made my (becoming famous) cornbread. The recipe is a version of the cornbread we made at the commune I lived at in Oregon in the late 1960s.
Speaking of communes, there is an original and still happening commune right in Columbus. It’s called City of the Sun (COS), and though the majority of folks there are in their 60s, there is still the same goings on as any of the communes started in the 1960s and 70s. Honoring the earth, spiritual awareness, and helping in the community are still focal points. They hosted a 2016 Earth Day event, and a fun time was had by all.
A few days after Ajo left for work at an RV park in Deming, Nick decided to head back to his uncle’s ranch near Las Cruces.
Issues with the standard drone inspired purchasing the professional version that boasts a 4k video cam. We can’t wait to get a 4k monitor for editing Tal’s spectacular videos. Having good photo and video equipment has provided a lot of excitement. We have realized that we are in a very special situation, the way we travel through many towns and cities. Tal has donated pictures and videos to some of the ones he is flying over and shooting. To see some of his great photo shots go to: Google’s Panoramio.
Video clips will come later.
The wheel has turned up for us, and things are bright and cheery once again. We are looking forward to a lot more fun coming up this summer as we head to higher ground.