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It was negative-seven degrees when I arrived at an empty parking lot facing Mount Kineo from across Moosehead Lake. It was my first ice-fishing trip of the season, and I planned to launch my Mavic 2 Pro drone at sunrise. Once the drone reached above tree line, I saw the long ice cracks and white rings that covered the lake. I lowered the drone to about 70 feet above the lake to capture the reflection of Mount Kineo and one of the cracks darting toward the mountain. It took me a few shots to get the entire scene, which I later stitched together in Adobe Lightroom. When the conditions are right, Mount Kineo is one of my go-to flying spots. The trail that runs along the cliff and up to the fire tower is one of my favorite hikes, but when the weather is cold and I don’t have the time, a quick 20-minute flight gives me my fix.
Isaac Crabtree lives in Monson with his wife and daughter and teaches at Greenville Consolidated School. He has been doing aerial photography for a year and a half and loves photographing the northern woods of Maine. Follow him on Instagram @northwoodsaerial.