Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts from the category Drone photography and video

  • Sgurr Mhairi from Ashaig

    Squalls in Skye

    To hell with warm, sunny days. Let the squalls come.

  • Red Mini Cooper

    A familiar array of “adventures” which I feel fortunate to regularly enjoy.

  • Finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin photograph to end the day.

  • Mineral blue

    The colour of the lake today was enough to draw me away from my work mid-afternoon.

  • Random things in June

    Making more of an effort to publish moving pictures, including one from Dartmoor in June.

  • The final resting place of a beloved character from the Harry Potter series of books and films.

  • Hiking amongst the glacial screes

    Walking into the middle of nowhere from the heights of the Furka Pass.

  • Axalp in the snow

    Axalp in the snow

    Walking in the snowy landscape of Axalp, high above Lake Brienz in the Swiss Bernese Oberland.

  • Drone photograph of Loch Glascarnoch in summer

    Aerial views of a flooded glen in the wilds of northern Scotland, with low water levels exposing the old road.

  • Close-up of seaweed on Lunan Bay beach

    Beachin’

    Living in a land-locked, mountainous country can be hard when you love the seaside, beaches, caves and coastal nature. Luckily, Scotland abounds in such things, and we took the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at Lunan Bay when we visited Angus in July.

  • My only cable-car trip into the high Alps this past winter season was in February. Webcam confirmation of a fabulous cloud inversion encouraged me to get into the mountains after a long abstinence. I expected the visit to be be a nerve-wracking experience thanks to so many people wearing their coronavirus face-masks around their chins,…

  • About as close as we can get to visiting Germany at the moment; the car park next to the Rhine on the edge of Switzerland. (The river marks the northern border, which is closed because of the pandemic.)

  • Dampfschiff Spiez passing Faulensee

    The steamship “Spiez” – known colloquially and diminutively as “Das Spiezerli” thanks to its small size – en route from Thun to Interlaken for the first time after nearly five years of restoration work.

  • Lac Léman at sunset

    Finally photographing a long-awaited evening view across Lausanne, thanks to getting the right angle with my drone.

  • Scotland at night

    Scotland at night

    Wonderful and unusual drone and time-lapse sequences from the Visit Scotland YouTube channel.

  • I bought a bike because it’s fun, it will improve my fitness rapidly – thereby helping me to get ready for hiking season – and because it means that I don’t have to rely on public transport or on my car for my daily trip to work and back. It also allows me to enjoy…

  • Because I take so many photos, and because I like sharing photos online, I have to be critical of my results and only share the best. Mainly, so that people don’t get bored of seeing so much of my stuff.

  • A Day at the Schilthorn

    Schilthorn is a fascinating location where the James Bond Movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed and remains a huge tourist attraction with a revolving 360 degree restaurant. Schilthorn Piz-gloria is one of my favorite places to ski because you’re always above the clouds and the skiing is so beautiful. Words cannot describe the…

  • 2019 was my second year with a drone, and I continued to experiment with the possibilities and travel to places with the specific aim of photographing them from the air.

  • Land of my fathers

    Visiting Wales and photographing both familiar and new views.

  • Aerial photograph of the Aletsch glacier in Swiss canton Valais

    Because the Aletsch glacier is inevitably melting so much, the adjacent mountain ridges are beginning to destabilize.