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Fin Fest Jacksonville Beach

Fin Fest at Jacksonville Beach

I recently went to the Florida Fin Fest and took some pictures of the beautiful sunset. Here are some of my favorite shots!
This first photo is my favorite. The colors are so vibrant and it’s just a really pretty sight.

I also really liked this next photo. The sun was setting behind the trees and it created a really cool effect.

The last photo is of the clouds. I thought they looked really pretty as they were lit up by the sun.

I had a lot of fun taking these photos and I’m really glad I was able to capture the beauty of the sunset. If you ever get a chance to go to the Florida Fin Fest, be sure to take some pictures of the sunset too!

Greencove Springs

Greencove Springs Sunset

I recently had the chance to visit Greencove Springs, Florida and let me tell you, the natural beauty of this place is truly breathtaking. From the moment I arrived, I could feel the relaxed vibe of the town. As I walked around, I noticed the huge live oaks that provide welcome shade on hot days. The Spanish moss hanging from the branches swayed in the slight breeze, creating a hypnotic effect.

But the real showstopper was the sunset. I have never seen such a beautiful sight in my life. The colors were incredible—a deep orange mixed with fiery reds and soothing yellows. It was like looking at a painting come to life. I couldn’t help but snap a few photos to capture the moment.

If you’re ever in Florida, be sure to check out Greencove Springs. You won’t regret it!

There’s nothing quite like experiencing nature’s beauty firsthand. If you ever get the chance to witness a sunset in Greencove Springs, Florida, don’t hesitate—go see it for yourself! You won’t be disappointed.

I got a Mavic 2 Pro for free

I had 3 old Dell R710 servers and a bunch of old NESL 230 watt solar panels.

I got a message from someone on Facebook marketplace interested in making a trade for the servers

He was having trouble selling his DJI Mavic 2 Pro for cash, and after another week of not being able to sell it he was willing to trade.

So I got a full kit of a working drone including 4 batteries, and a 1st generation DJI FPV headset.

I’ve taken it out flying already a couple times and I’m already happy with it.

Even though many of the features were similar to my Mini 2 that I had before the 1″ Hasselblad camera sensor is noticeably better. It also appears to fly faster but the battery really only lasts about 20 minutes.

The two things that really suck about it though compared to the Mini 2 is the DJI remote controller, my phone can hardly fit inside the handle so it’s difficult get setup. Also the battery charger took me 10 minutes to figure out how to plug in the batteries, and there’s no positive locking feature so the batteries can easily fall off.

I could buy a better remote controller but that’d be about $1000 for a compatible controller. So it might actually be better if I just sell this Mavic 2 and get a Mavic 3 or the new DJI Avata.

Anyways I traded 3 Dell servers and 4 of my old solar panels for a working $1500 professional drone.

USS Orleck Sunset

USS Orleck

USS Orleck Top View
USS Orleck Sunset
USS Orleck Sunset
USS Orleck Sunset 2
USS Orleck Sunset 2
Apellix Drone

Apellix Drones

I met with the talent and founders behind Apellix drones here in Jacksonville Florida and I was incredibly impressed.

Despite how they look these are not regular quadcopters, the photos and video are cool, but they really do not do them justice.

I won’t go into the technical secret sauce behind their work, but there is a very significant amount of power needed to lift the big drones, and their water supply hose.

If you’re familiar with DJI quads like the Mini 2 or the Mavic then you likely recognize the multi-rotor quadcopter formfactor.

However they actually use motors on both the top and bottom of each leg to push and pull the aircraft with added lift.

Definitely checkout my video, also checkout my other posts on drones

My Drone crash, a story of recovery and repair

This is the story of my drone crash.

I thought it might make for a cool effect to fly at night through the fog around University of North Florida. But once I got flying I realized it wasn’t nearly as good, the lighting was poor and visibility was low. I decided to land within 5 minutes, but before I could come in for a landing my DJI Mini 2 clipped the top of a building and dropped on the roof. I was scared and embarrassed, this was the first time I’ve ever crashed my drone. It was already 2am, and so I decided it was better if I came back the next day during daylight. I took a screenshot of the GPS location where the drone was last seen. The drone crash happened when it was hovering, I didn’t realize how close it was to the wall. There must have been a slight breeze or a wobble for a second and when I went back to look at the screen all I saw was black.

After returning in the morning I talked with several maintenance people and surprisingly most of them only took care of trash and recycling. I eventually found one guy who helped me get onto the roof where I then found my drone, broken, upside down, nearly in a puddle. I know it’s just a drone, but I felt sad leaving it there overnight, and I felt worse seeing it broken and abandoned in a puddle. 4 of the propellers had hit the wall and needed to be replaced, but even worse one of the arm joints in the back was damaged. Part of the plastic from the body had broken and the arm was completely loose. I debated for a while on how to fix it, I could either pay DJI to repair it which might be expensive since I didn’t have DJI care insurance on it, or I could buy a replacement plastic body for $50. What I decided was to glue the broken plastic back on to the body with gorilla glue. The broken plastic was only for one of the three screws holding the arm to the body, I found without it, it was nearly strong enough on it’s own. But with the gorilla glue and all three screws back in place it was as good as new. Since repairing it I’ve done several flights with no problem, if the body breaks again I might buy a replacement but until then it’s good to go. It even still folds up without issue.