Earlier this week, we published a gallery of pictures called “Glorious Fall Colours”. If you did not see those beautiful photos, please take a moment to follow the link (HERE) and open up the main gallery to see large versions of them. Most of those pictures were taken around the Esterhazy area at ground level, but we also received a few air-to-ground pictures taken by Katherine Miller.
The pictures from Katherine led to Chris Miller (Noble Construction) and I taking to the air again today. It was our second “photo sortie” together. Regular readers may recall the photo-shoot we did of Esterhazy from the air in May (That gallery can be see HERE), so we decided it was time to venture further afield and do some more exploring for you, the readers!
Today’s flight was in the late afternoon. We took off from the newly-resurfaced Runway 26 at Esterhazy airport and headed over to Stockholm. A couple of orbits round the village followed before we turned south-west and aimed for Round Lake. The lake is beautiful at ground level, and just spectacular from 3,000ft. We made some lazy circles over the water, marvelling at the colours of the trees on the south side, and the rugged topography on the north shore. Then we turned to the east, crossed Highway 9, and followed the Qu’Appelle Valley, taking pictures as we went.
We dipped lower into the valley until the southern slope was slipping by at around 200 km/hr beneath our starboard (right) wing. Hidden lakes came into view, new road construction, farming operations, and of course the mines. We climbed, and turned towards Esterhazy again, with the ever-changing headframe of K3 providing an unmistakable landmark.
Over Esterhazy, we concentrated on bringing the golf course into clear view. The green of the fairways presented a marked contrast to the fall colours of the trees that surrounded them. We flew over the middle of the town, then onward to the airport, joining a left downwind in the traffic pattern for Rwy26 before letting down on base, slipping onto finals, and kissing the tarmac again on landing. After pushing the 1967 Cessna back into the hanger, Chris and I spent a pleasant hour chatting about flying and also the amazing history of Noble Construction, but that latter subject is for another article at another time.
So now, enjoy the view as you come with us on that flight, courtesy of around 75 images below. Don’t just look at the small thumbnails, click on the first one and allow the photo gallery viewer to open, and then explore them in detail. In some cases the colours are obvious, in others they are more subtle and subdued. Enjoy!
Note:- My thanks to Chris for his friendship and flight. Makes me want to finally finish off my own pilot license! Also thanks to Maple Communications for sponsoring many of our photo albums since also becoming a sponsor of EsterhazyOnline.