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Blink: The Northland from above

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Looking straight down over the Two Harbors breakwater. (Clint Austin / / 6
A vehicle sits on the eastern portion of Skyline Parkway at Hawk Ridge in Duluth as the trees begin to display spring foliage seen in this aerial photograph captured with the on-board camera used on the DJI Mavic Pro drone. (Clint Austin / / 6
The sun sets over Superior Bay, the end of Minnesota Point, and Lake Superior near Duluth last Thursday. (Clint Austin / / 6
The beacon of the Two Harbors lighthouse scans the horizon at dusk Monday. (Clint Austin / / 6
A ship sits at anchor in Lake Superior beyond the Superior Entry last Thursday evening. (Clint Austin / / 6

For as long as I can remember, I always thought it would be fantastic to attach a camera to a remote control airplane or helicopter to be able to capture views of our world from above. With the arrival of drones, this dream is now reality. The News Tribune recently purchased a couple of drones. There are six staff members that are certified or in the process of getting certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones.

Our drones will capture still images and video to accompany stories that we publish. I was the first person certified on our staff, and these are images I captured of our area in the first week of flying our drone. Be sure to check out the companion video I produced on the DNT website. It was an exciting first week of capturing visuals using a drone, and I am looking forward to producing more visual content via drone.