A beautiful morning in the desert.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of aerial photography work around Lake Powell. My client, a professional photographer, offers photography excursions out there. He pays me to fly up and take him and his clients around the lake. It’s challenging work but the scenery is so spectacular that I don’t mind one darn bit.
This photo was taken on my first job out there. They’d hired me for late afternoon flights. It was May and I finished up right before sunset — too late for the 1.7 hour flight back to Wickenburg. (Believe me, you wouldn’t want to fly a helicopter over the emptiness of the Arizona desert for that distance at night, either.) In the morning, at 8 AM sharp, I needed to be in Lake Havasu for a boat race photo shoot at that lake. So I decided to fly straight from Page to Lake Havasu first thing in the morning.
I spent the night in a motel in town and arrived at Page Municipal Airport just before dawn. There were just enough clouds on the horizon to make the sunrise interesting. Beams of light shot out from the sun, silhouetting Tower Butte and Navajo Mountain. A nice shot that reminds me of the Arizona state flag.
I fired up the helicopter and headed southwest. It took exactly 2 hours to cross the state. You can read about my journey here.