3 Sisters

Sounds a bit like the name of a craft beer…. but its a well known tourist stop not far from Mokau, which you can only reach at low tide… So twice I called past at low tide and there were so many tourists milling around I just couldn’t do it… So this afternoon I went back at high tide & flew there!

My DJI app said my drone was 700m away – I could still see it with my naked eye (as required by NZ drone laws) but I wasn’t keen to go any further… Especially due to this one pesky seagull that kept straffing me!

To get an idea of where I was, check the red dot (I carry that big red dot with me, cos I’m a pro)

A couple of times I have pushed my drone past its limits – first on my brothers farm, I flew about 1.2km away & still had full control… but another time, when following the little train in to the cave location (not inside the cave) deep in bush in Charleston, I got to the point where the drone disconnected and began its auto routine of flying back to its launch site… But of course as soon as it got back in range, I regained control & could carry on shooting…

But in both cases, had it landed where it lost signal I still could have retrieved it… But not so over the ocean, hence being a little conservative…

This is from same location looking North

And as always, local knowledge is invaluable. The beach house I am renting is owned by the neighbours and I had noticed all the great photos on the walls, so when we caught up for a chat this evening she tipped me off to an even better location than the 3 sisters, which I have driven past 3 or 4 times now without knowing about it!

Low tide tomorrow morning – bring it on!

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