Like you, I love photography and videography. And I think aerial photography, especially drone aerial photography, is fascinating.
But I’m willing to bet that, like me, you hate the sound of a gas-powered leaf blower or lawn mower shattering a weekend morning at 7:00AM. Or the annoying buzz of a quadcopter drone in the middle of the incredible stillness and beauty of a national park.
Last night we returned from a 10-day road trip out in the American southwest. We were fortunate to spend time in Mesa Verde and Garden of the Gods in Colorado; the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico; and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada.
We were headed toward the Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde when I heard the unmistakable bleating of a leaf blower. Whatever drop in blood pressure I’d experienced from entering such an enchanting place and being at one with nature and history disappeared in a flash.
There oughta be a law!
Turns out the National Park Service is already on the case – at least for drones – with certain exceptions for researchers, rescue operations and yes, filmmakers.
Sounds like a good idea to me.
What do YOU think? Sound off in the comments below!
US national parks move to ban drones from their skies
Drones may soon be banned from US national parks, as the National Park Service has begun moving to prohibit them in order to protect wildlife and visitors, according to the Associated Press. The park service is ordering all 401 of its parks to instate new rules that would ban the launch, landing, and flight of drones within park grounds. Parks would still be allowed to grant permits to parties such as researchers, rescue operations, and filmmakers to operate them, so long as they explain why a drone is necessary for their work.
The park service has already seen drones disturbing sheep, and it's concerned that drones could disrupt birds in their nests too. As for visitors, the park service doesn't see it as a simple matter of ensuring that drones don't block someone's view: there are also some serious safety issues. “Imagine you're a big wall climber in Yosemite working on a four-day climb up El Capitan, and you're hanging off a bulb ready to make a (difficult) move, and an unmanned aircraft flies up beside you and is hovering a few feet from your head with its GoPro camera running,” National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis tells the AP. “Think about what that does to your experience and your safety.”
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