On September 1 Georgia will restrict drone flying – one of the last countries to do so. When I heard the news I grabbed my quadcopter & went on a 2 week road-trip to shoot aerial photos while the skies were still free. All Photos: © Amos Chapple/RFE/RL

#1 A Break In The Clouds During A Stormy Morning In Juta Village

A Break In The Clouds During A Stormy Morning In Juta Village

High in the mountains of Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

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#2 The Road Up To Tusheti – Pretty Damn Harrowing

The Road Up To Tusheti – Pretty Damn Harrowing

The day before I drove up, one of the locals of Omalo village toppled off the road to his death.

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#3 A Memorial On The Road Up To Tusheti

A Memorial On The Road Up To Tusheti

They were so common on this road I thought they were distance markers.

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#4 A Shepherd Leads His Flock Alongside A River In Tusheti

A Shepherd Leads His Flock Alongside A River In Tusheti

The river ran loud enough to drown out the noise of the 4-kilogram Inspire 2 drone used to shoot these pics.

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#5 Gremi Castle Spotlit In Morning Sunlight

Gremi Castle Spotlit In Morning Sunlight

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#6 Morning Mist Drifts Over A Small Church Near Ukhati Along The North-south Georgian Military Highway

Morning Mist Drifts Over A Small Church Near Ukhati Along The North-south Georgian Military Highway

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#7 Mother Georgia Above Tbilisi, The Nation’s Capital

Mother Georgia Above Tbilisi, The Nation’s Capital

The aluminum monument (which looks a lot better from the back than the front) has a sword ready for enemies, but a bowl of wine ready for friends.

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#8 One Of The Treats Of Driving Georgia Are The Homemade Goodies Being Sold Roadside

One Of The Treats Of Driving Georgia Are The Homemade Goodies Being Sold Roadside

These are churchkelis, made by dipping a string of walnuts into a gooey mixture of grape juice. Looks like earwax, tastes like heaven.

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#9 Me On The Abano Pass, About To Discover My Bald Spot

Me On The Abano Pass, About To Discover My Bald Spot

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#10 The Shavnabada Monastery, Near Tbilisi

The Shavnabada Monastery, Near Tbilisi

Looking like a little slice of Tuscany in the evening sunlight.

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