Flying Over After a Hurricane

Filmmaker Jeff Litton joined the LightHawk aerial survey of hurricane damage on short notice. image: Ralph Lee Hopkins with aerial support from LightHawk

Soon after Hurricane Odile roared through Cabo San Lucas and the far end of Baja California with 120 mile-per-hour winds, LightHawk was in the air to document the extensive wind and flood damage left by the Category 3 storm.

Filmmaker Jeff Litton joined the LightHawk aerial survey of hurricane damage on short notice. image: Ralph Lee Hopkins with aerial support from LightHawk

The expedition came together quickly. National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins and filmmaker Jeff Litton threw their gear in bags and joined veteran LightHawk pilot Chuck Schroll in Tucson, Arizona. Just as they had done in May 2013 when they photographed Baja with LightHawk, they settled in to LightHawk’s Cessna 206 on another doors off photographic mission over Baja.

Capturing aerial images of the damage was critical in determining how much habitat restoration would be needed. It was also important to show post-Odile images and footage as compared with the baseline images acquired during the first phase of the Baja Aerial Archive project in May 2013.

Land’s End, Cabo San Lucas in May 2013. Note the beach under the iconic arch. image: Ralph Lee Hopkins with aerial support from LightHawk

By comparing before and after images of key natural areas —> Read More Here

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