At last my new toy has arrived.
To cheer myself up, and because I fell deeply in love with Jake’s when we took it out last week, I bought a drone with a really good camera. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro. This will replace the GoPro I lost, and then some.
I have named it Spéir Súl, which is Irish for “Sky Eye”. It sounds better in Irish.
It was not cheap, this new toy, but I rationalise the purchase by considering it to be a new stage in my photography adventure, plus it will enable me to see, and photograph, places I can no longer access on foot. Besides. I am on my own now, and how I spend my money and my time is my own affair.
That seems a little defensive, so perhaps I do feel a little guilt. But I’ll get over it.
Today I took her out to Palm Springs for her maiden voyage. I wanted to film the rock I am no longer able to climb, and the view from the top I can no longer get to. However, the drone would not fly for me, because before it’s first flight the software that controls it from my iPad demands that I register and activate it first. Of course, that requires connection to the internet, and there is not even phone reception out there.
Mission aborted. Try again tomorrow.