Summer Road Trippin'

Part One-NOLA

It has been a hot and busy summer this year at TMS Aerial Solutions. It seems like it took forever for the winter fog to fade, but once gone, summer certainly took it's vengeance. Today I'd like to share one of my favorite, guilty pleasures, and an experience that everyone in this fine country and abroad should be able to enjoy: the summer road-trip. 

New Orleans, Louisianna

New Orleans, Louisianna

The first stop on my summer road-trip was the vivacious city of New Orleans. I headed to this fine city for the first time to join friends for the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival. Rather than endure the occasional pain of airline travel, I opted, as I often do, to meet my friends there and hit the road instead. Sometimes the best part of a vacation is the exploration on the way. #NOLA. 

For me, one of the best parts about summertime is the chance to road-trip and explore something new. I especially love to share the beauty of our natural landscape. Recently on a road trip to New Orleans, I captured  this picturesque landscape of the smoky mountains. 

For me, one of the best parts about summertime is the chance to road-trip and explore something new. I especially love to share the beauty of our natural landscape. Recently on a road trip to New Orleans, I captured  this picturesque landscape of the smoky mountains. 

I love this shot I snagged of the Shenandoah Valley.  My favorite part of an aerial image like this is the nuance in texture, from the leafy trees reflected in the still river to the touch of golden sunset.

I love this shot I snagged of the Shenandoah Valley.  My favorite part of an aerial image like this is the nuance in texture, from the leafy trees reflected in the still river to the touch of golden sunset.

The festival line-up was amazing. We only attended the last three days, but the party lasts two weeks, with multiple stages and tents dedicated to jazz, blues and heritage music. The festival features everything from local and national gospel choirs to inspiring acts like Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias to Tank and the Bangas and Jack White--where could you go wrong? There was something for everyone. We ended the festival watching a fantastic performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Even a little rain couldn't dampen our weekend.The festival itself was only half the fun.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

One day, a neighborhood family dumped out a massive crawfish boil spread across two folding tables to share with the new friends walking by. In case you are wondering, I did try some and it was delicious, and yes, I did suck on the head.

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While I witnessed some beautiful sights along the way, the route I took to NOLA brought me through the great green sloping mountains in Virginia and through miles and miles of lush farmland. I meandered both there and on my return trip, making sure I could really savor the unique joy that the heat of the pavement, the bustle of traffic and the wide open road brings. The city was pretty great too. 

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Each day while walking to the festival, we navigated through thick throngs of people truly enjoying one another's company, sharing a morning Bloody Mary at the neighborhood bar. We frequently greeted and closed the day enjoying the music of several different groups of street buskers crowding the nearby streets.

NOLA Musicians and street performers (Buskers)

NOLA Musicians and street performers (Buskers)

But despite the amazing culture, food  (and believe me it was absolutely delectable!) and the overall vibrant atmosphere of the city, for those who know me it will be no surprise to hear that it was not long before I had snuck away from the lure of the city and found some new perspective out in the wild. 

This muddy water has a beauty all its own, with the rippling texture and shine it almost appears reptilian. The contrast with the lush green trees lining the river and the bright white bird soaring above are truly eye catching

This muddy water has a beauty all its own, with the rippling texture and shine it almost appears reptilian. The contrast with the lush green trees lining the river and the bright white bird soaring above are truly eye catching

Please remember to contact TMS aerial solutions for all your custom aerial photography needs.  In the meantime, if you like any of the pictures I've shared above, you'll love the photo prints available in our store. The 4x6 size makes for a great magnet or postcard, and our poster sizes really are life-like. Hope to hear from you soon!

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Until next time, when my travels continue in part two of my road-trip summer journey, Colorado.