Returning from the southern Oregon coast in the summer of 2017, I spent several days in Redding, near Shasta Lake. I was amazed at the number of spectacular subjects I could reach driving from here.
The two magnificent waterfalls, McCloud Middle Falls and McArthur-Burney Falls, required flying down into the deep gorges in which they fell. Drone pilots are used to flying up, not down, so these flights took a bit of mental gymnastics. Lake Britton, which feeds the flow to McArthur Burney Falls, was also a dramatic subject.
Then there was the impact of immense Mount Shasta, visible for many miles around, towering above the landscape. Siskyou Lake offered a nice view combining lake and peak, even a charming pedestrian bridge!
Lake Shasta is huge, with the impressive I-5 Bridge and several river-carved canyons—actually. Long canyons carved by rivers, now filled with water backed up by Shasta Dam. These long bays off the main lake are called ‘arms.’ I spent drone-flying time at Hirz Beach and McCloud Point, which are in the arm named for the McCloud River—which comes down from McCloud Falls. It is the long arm in the center-right of the map.
Whiskeytown Lake and the Trinity Dam with its lake are found West of Redding, and are reached by easy drives. I got so carried away strafing speed boats that I almost flew into the power lines at Whiskeytown Bay.
In the following year, many of those places were destroyed in the Carr Fire. Whiskeytown Lake and other spectacular locales were surrounded by the flames.
I made a drive to Oroville, to attempt aerials of the gigantic dam which was threatened by the raging Spring floods which demolished one of its spillways. The entire dam is a construction site, however, and all around it is off limit to visitors. The best I could do was the fish hatchery down river, and flying to get a distant view of the 900-hundred-foot dam.
Finally, I drove East to Lassen Peak, another volcano offering quite spectacular imagery.
Few places I have visited offered such an impressive array of stunning, powerful subjects.