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
High in the mountains of Mtskheta-Mtianeti.
#2 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.
#3 A Memorial On The Road Up To Tusheti
They were so common on this road I thought they were distance markers.
#4 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.
#5 Gremi Castle Spotlit In Morning Sunlight
#6 Morning Mist Drifts Over A Small Church Near Ukhati Along The North-south Georgian Military Highway
#7 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.
#8 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.
#9 Me On The Abano Pass, About To Discover My Bald Spot
#10 The Shavnabada Monastery, Near Tbilisi
Looking like a little slice of Tuscany in the evening sunlight.