I had never seen a drone before. I thought drones existed for 2 reasons: for the US to spy on other countries, and for paparazzi to spy on Miley Cyrus. However, earlier this summer I had an opportunity to get up close and personal with a drone and see what it could do for Middle Mountain Farm.
 
They are much smaller than I expected! This one was about 2 feet by 2 feet. While I’m sure drones come in many shapes and sizes, this one was easily lifted with one hand. There’s a camera mounted on the bottom of the drone which takes great pictures thanks to its ability to automatically stabilize itself no matter what path the drone is flying.

FullSizeRender 47 A remote control directed the flight of the drone, but the coolest part was the I-phone mounted on the remote controller which allowed you to see what the drone was seeing, and snap a photo of that view whenever you wanted.

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Neither Aaron or I tried flying the drone for fear of crashing what I can only imagine was not a cheap little device. We did, however, get to reap the benefits of the amazing aerial photos. It’s one thing to walk the farm and appreciate it from the ground, but getting a chance to see it from the air is pretty special. That’s why I decided to go BIG when posting the photos. Enjoy!
 
NOTE: These pictures were taken in late May, which is why the grass still looks green (it is now brown) and the veggie garden still quite young (it is now much more filled in).
 
Here’s a lovely shot showing the caravan (left), outhouse/composting toilet (middle), and meadery (right).FullSizeRender 47 copy 2Here is a similar shot but shown from a different angle. It really highlights the shapes of the planting beds and creates a neat design from the sky. People often think that these lower gardens are some sort of labyrinth, but don’t expect to get lost in here because there is no labyrinth, just plenty of creativity on the part of Helen!

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I’ve got just one more shot of the lower gardens, which house the majority of the herbs, flowers, berries and fruit that go into the mead. This one shows the entire lower garden (except the younger of 2 apple orchards below the solar panels), including the lavender patch (lower left corner), a hint of solar panels (bottom), and Steve and Helen’s house (top right).

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Now we move to the upper portion of Middle Mountain Farm, which is home to Steve and Helen’s house, the vegetable garden, hoop house, chicken run (middle left), flower garden (lower right), sheep barn (bottom middle) and tool shed (also bottom middle). From here it looks like the lower garden is on the same elevation, but let me assure you, there is a butt-kicking hill between the two.

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This next picture is purely for the view. From the house you can see Tribune Bay, Helliwell Provincial Park, Texada Island and Lasqueti Island. WOW.

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Last, but not least, is a fantastic photo showing the entire 13 acre property. This time you can see the new apple orchard in the bottom left-ish area, as well as a portion of Mount Geoffrey Escarpment Park which borders one side of Middle Mountain Farm. There is also a great deal of pasture land on the farm, which is unplanted with any crops but is used as land for the sheep to graze on.

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Well, pretty neat, isn’t it? Gone are the days of high-priced aerial photography done by plane. Enter the age of the drone.
 
– Lana

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