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The lake where we had our campfire (just on the other side of that roof)

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360-degree pan with bird flying below copter level.

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Takeoff and hovering

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The house (Shepherd's Inn)

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Straight-down view of the frisbees

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Frisbees being thrown around (flyover)

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The house from the air

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This is Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Goessel, Kansas. The photo on the left was taken in approximately 1950. About 15 years after it was taken, that building was demolished after the current structure was built. It was the only aerial photograph of the church in existance...

Until last week, when I took up my quadcopter and tried to mimic the photo with the new building. The road to the right is the same road, and it's still the church park across the road. The outhouses and generator shed, of course, are gone. Now there is a row of sheltering trees west of the church, and a parking lot beyond that even. But the road by the church, and its parking lot, are still gravel.

There are things that look different, but the loving community here is the same.

Original photo first uploaded at www.flickr.com/photos/jgoerzen/485917907

John's BlogBeautiful Earth

Sometimes you see something that takes your breath away, maybe even makes your eyes moist. That happened when I saw this photo one morning:

Sunrise on the Prairie

Photography has been one of my hobbies since I was a child, and I’ve enjoyed it all these years. Recently I was inspired by the growing ease of aerial photography using model aircraft, and now can fly two short-range RC quadcopters. That photo came from the first one, and despite being a low-res 1280×720 camera, tha image of our home in the yellow glow of sunrise brought a deep feeling a beauty and peace.

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Somehow seeing our home surrounded by the beauty of the immense wheat fields and green pastures drives home how small we all are in comparison to the vastness of the earth, and how lucky we are to inhabit this beautiful planet.

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As the sun starts to come up over the pasture, the only way you can tell the height of the grass at 300ft is to see the shadow it makes on the mowed pathway Laura and I use to get down to the creek.

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This is a view of our church in a small town nearby — the church itself is right in the center of the photo. Off to the right, you see the grain elevators that can be seen for miles across the Kansas prairie, and of course the fields are never all that far off in the background.

Here you can see the quadcopter taking off from the driveway:

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And here it is flying over my home church out in the country:

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That’s the country church, at the corner of two gravel roads – with its lighted cross facing east that can be seen from a mile away at night. To the right is the church park, and the green area along the road farther back is the church cemetery.

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Sometimes we get in debates about environmental regulations, politics, religion, whatever. We hear stories of missiles, guns, and destruction. It is sad, this damage we humans inflict on ourselves and our earth. Our earth — our home — is worth saving. Its stunning beauty from all its continents is evidence enough of that. To me, this photo of a small corner of flat Kansas is proof enough that the home we all share deserves to be treated well, and saved so that generations to come can also get damp eyes viewing its beauty from a new perspective.

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