Drones sales have reached new highs in recent years. Just a few years ago, the prospect of acquiring a drone would have seemed unlikely for the average civilian, at a time when these unmanned aerial vehicles were only being discussed for military purposes. But nowadays, drones are increasingly used for recreational purposes, and most of them are now equipped with high-quality cameras, making it even easier for those who have difficulty accessing images from impossible angles. UAVs are now also used by retailers, hospitals, law enforcement, and even sporting events to capture angles that are difficult to access from the ground. But sometimes, drones take unexpected, even completely strange pictures. Here are some amazing images captured by drones.
1. A great white shark
This image of drones was taken off the coast of southern California as part of a documentary film by Mark Romanov and Forrest Galante on the relationship between humans and sharks. The two women – Jessica and Kelly – can be seen on their paddleboards while the dark silhouette of a large white shark swims below the surface of the water.
2. Gulliver the Gentle Giant
This somewhat disturbing image was taken by a drone seen from the sky over a field in Edinburgh, Scotland. The statue, called Gulliver the Gentle Giant, was created by Jimmy Boyle, a former gangster, and convicted murderer while serving a sentence at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow.
The statue was unveiled in 1976 and has become the favorite playground for children in the region. Over time, the statue decayed and was finally removed from the site in 2011.
3. Have a good week!
With more than 1.4 billion inhabitants, China is the most populous country in the world. As might be expected with such status, China is also home to some of the worst traffic jams in the world ever recorded. This image of a drone was taken near the Hong Kong border on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau highway, which spans a massive 50 lane traffic.
This bottling took place after the Chinese national holiday week called “Golden Week”. Year after year, more and more motorists take the road to go with their families during the holidays. The worst traffic jam ever recorded in the country was recorded in 2010 and lasted 12 days, with some motorists only able to travel less than one mile per day.
4. The day’s catch
This image of well-timed drones was taken over Panama City Beach, Florida when a fisherman accidentally caught a hammerhead shark on his line. The aerial images show the fisherman struggling to bring the shark up. The fisherman finally won the fight and the shark was released unharmed.
5. The Silverdome
This haunted stadium, known as Silverdome, once housed the Detroit Lions football team before moving into the brand new Ford Stadium in 2002. The Silverdome has already hosted the Super Bowl, a pope, the NBA final, an Elvis concert and dozens of other world-class shows during its heyday.
The stadium was purchased in 2009 with the intention of converting the arena into a football stadium, but unfortunately, these plans never materialized. The promoters have still not announced the stadium’s future plans. Since it fell apart, the Silverdome has been eviscerated and everything of value sold.
6. Six Flags Theme Park in New Orleans
Located in New Orleans is an abandoned Six Flags theme park. The park has been closed since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. This photo was taken by a flying drone just two weeks after the storm passed, and as you can see, the park is still flooded.
A number of different plans have been announced to redevelop the site, but none have been completed. The site remains abandoned and in poor condition. Nevertheless, the park is guarded 24 hours a day by the New Orleans police as thrill-seekers attempt to break into the park to see the ghost town amusement park.
7. Mont Saint-Michel
This photo was taken as part of the “Dronestagramme” travel photography competition. It is Mont Saint-Michel. It is one of the most recognizable sites in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Normandy, this emblematic town attracts more than three million visitors per year. The island has had strategic fortifications since antiquity and has been the seat of the monastery since the 8th century AD.
At low tide, the island is accessible to pilgrims who come to visit the abbey. And at high tide, the island is very defensible to potential invaders. Mont Saint-Michel remained undefeated during the Hundred Years’ War, even though the English tried several times to seize the town by force.
8. The Boneyard
Have you ever wondered where old American fighters are sent? They go to a place called “The Boneyard” in Tucson, Arizona. The storage and disposal center was established after the Second World War and handles approximately 4,000 aircraft, making it the largest of its kind in the world.
The very low humidity level in the southwestern United States makes it ideal for aircraft storage, as the metal does not corrode. On average, the base returns approximately $500 million worth of spare parts to the U.S. military, government and other allied customers. The Congress supervises and determines which equipment can be sold and to whom.
9. A nightmare in the sky
This impressive view shows an aerial photo of a drone overlooking the city of Hong Kong. Hong Kong has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world and, although they are beautiful to look at, they also represent a larger underlying problem in the city’s real estate market.
Hong Kong is the fourth most densely populated region in the world with more than seven million inhabitants living in its very compact perimeter. The real estate market has long struggled to meet the demand for more living space, but unfortunately, this has only resulted in smaller and smaller apartments at extremely high prices.
10. Basilica of St. Francis
In what appears to be a castle straight out of the hit Game of Thrones series, this view can be seen in person in Umbria, Italy – but only by drone. And it is not really a castle, but a church known as the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The construction of the imposing basilica began in 1228.
The complex consists of two churches built on the hillside and a crypt where the remains of Saint Francis lie. Saint Francis lived and died in the city of Assisi, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in Italy. The basilica has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
11. Weaving birds
No, it is not a giant sculpture of a moose head, but rather the most famous bird’s nest in the world. This photo of a drone was taken by a South African photographer in the Kalahari Desert, which covers an area of about 350,000 square miles across much of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
Such a large nest can support hundreds of weavers. Since the bird species regularly maintains and maintains its nests, they can last extremely long, sometimes up to 100 years. Massive nests are made of natural materials such as twigs, grass, and cotton. The weaver’s common nest is a rare phenomenon among birds.
12. Hase the giant pink rabbit
There’s nothing like a giant pink plush rabbit on the side of a hill to enjoy the beauty of northern Italy, isn’t there? Maybe the Energizer Bunny rabbit ran out of batteries and went there for an indefinite rest. In this aerial capture of drones, we see a giant rabbit in the Piedmont region of northern Italy in 2005.
The giant rabbit, nicknamed Hase, is 200 feet long and 20 feet high. It was originally thought to remain intact until 2025, but by 2016 the rabbit had completely decomposed. When creators were asked why they would put such a thing in the campaign, they responded – art.
13. The Redeeming Christ
This perspective, rarely captured by a drone, offers an aerial view of the statue of the Redeeming Christ of Rio de Janeiro, located at the top of Mount Corcovado, 2,329 feet high, in Brazil’s sprawling city. The statue, which measures 124.7 feet high, took 9 years to build.
Although enormous, this statue is actually the third largest statue of Christ in the world, after the Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia and the Christ the King in Poland. The redemptive Christ is the largest art deco statue in the world and is so high that it is regularly struck by lightning several times a year. In fact, in 2014, one of the fingers of the statue broke as a result of love at first sight.
14. The Guatemalan hole
This aerial photo taken with a drone shows a chasm that opened in Guatemala City after tropical storm Agatha hit the region in 2010, swallowing a three-story factory. The experts agreed that a combination of factors contributed to the formation of subsidence, not all of which were natural. The cocktail of catalysts from the huge chasm included tropical storm Agatha, the eruption of the Pacaya volcano and leaking sewer pipes.
The abyss covered an area of approximately 65 feet in diameter and 300 feet deep. Unfortunately, chasms are becoming an increasingly frequent and highly unpredictable phenomenon in Guatemala City, partly because of the laxity of the city’s zoning regulations and building codes. For these reasons, geologists have required the government to inspect the sewer system more frequently.
15. A silent killer
This three-meter-long crocodile was spotted by a drone from the coast of a seaside resort on the island of Phuket, Thailand. Crocodiles can be very dangerous to humans because of their ability to strike before a person can react. Since saltwater crocodiles and Nile crocodiles are the most dangerous, they are responsible for hundreds of deaths in parts of Southeast Asia and Africa.
According to local information, the crocodile in this photo captured by a drone probably escaped from a nearby crocodile farm. Which brings us to the question: who thought it was a good idea to build a crocodile farm next to the seaside resort?
16. Morrison’s Quarry
This beautiful image of a sunk aircraft was taken by a drone flying over Morrison’s Quarry in Chelsea, Quebec. Although the quarry is only a 25-minute drive from Ottawa, you will feel like you have completely left the country and landed in a tropical location.
The site offers very pure water, perfect for scuba diving. It is also home to the largest bungee jumping in Canada. In addition to the submerged aircraft, there are also tugs and cars on the bottom of the water. It turns out that all the objects were placed at the bottom of the body of water to create more interest for divers.
17. Feeding the ducks
This beautiful image of a drone was taken over the Ba River, just downstream of the city of Tuy Hoa, Vietnam. A farmer can be seen feeding the hundreds of beautiful white ducks that surround him. There is a long tradition of duck farming in Vietnam.
Some 30 million ducks are raised each year in the country, which provides a significant amount of meat and eggs to its inhabitants. Many ducks are raised seasonally in rice fields at the beginning of crop growth, as ducks help to control insects and weeds, as well as provide manure for rice plants that provide additional nutrients.
18. Staten Island Boat Cemetery
Did you know that in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities, New York, there is a boat cemetery that hides in plain sight? The place is locally known as Staten Island Boat Cemetery, located just off the north shore of the borough. This cemetery was founded in the 1930s.
Originally used as a salvage yard, the boats were dismantled and sold as spare parts, but the project was eventually abandoned. Today, there are still about a hundred ships that are decomposing on the site. The destination has become a popular point of view for photographers and artists, especially drones photographers who are looking to capture this unusual view.
19. Mir Mine, Siberia
This aerial image of a drone comes from the frozen tundra of Siberia. In the image, we see the Mir mine, the first developed diamond mine and the largest in the former Soviet Union. To date, the mine remains one of the largest excavated holes in the world.
The diamond deposits were discovered in 1955 by a team of Soviet geologists. Chief Geologist Yuri Khabardin received the Lenin Prize, one of the highest honors of the Soviet Union. During the heyday of the mine, it produced 10,000,000,000 carats per year, making it a real gold mine for the post-war Soviet economy, which was in difficulty at the time.
20. The appearance of a clown
Do you remember the great fear of clowns in 2016? Hundreds of clown appearances were reported in the United States and Canada. This strange photo of a drone taken over a field in Huntsville, Alabama, undoubtedly evokes the worrying trend that has eventually spread to all countries around the world. While many have considered this photo to be staging, it still leaves us suspicious of clowns – and cornfields for that matter.
While many people were convinced that the clowns’ appearances were either jokes or promotional marks for the release of the film It in 2017, some communities were terrified by these incidents. The clown’s disturbing phenomenon has become so important, in fact, that McDonald’s has announced that its mascot Ronald McDonald will keep a low profile to try to distance himself and that some of the costume lovers have been arrested for criminal activity.