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KAP 2008-39: Dakota Mill & Grain, Wall, South Dakota. July 22, 2008

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While visiting the badlands we stayed in Wall, South Dakota. This is Dakota Mill & Grain, Inc. in Wall, South Dakota. My KAP objective was the infamous Wall Drug store on the main street (in the upper left corner of the first photo). Numerous power lines made launching a kite in the downtown area iffy, at least for the direction the wind was blowing this day. The people at Dakota Mill & Grain kindly let me launch on their property and I intended to walk the kite and camera into town. After about 15 minutes of KAPing their facility I started to make my way to town but the wind picked up intensely and I had to back up to my "big space", anchor the kite and walk it down with a pulley. It was quite a struggle and although disappointed with not reaching my objective, I was glad to finally have camera and kite back to the ground. These photographs were taken using kite aerial photography (KAP).

Dakota Mill & Grain, Wall, South Dakota.

Dakota Mill & Grain, Wall, South Dakota.

Overhead view of part of the facility.

Overhead view of part of the facility.

Another overhead view from a different angle.

Another overhead view from a different angle.

A closer view.

A closer view.

The open area where I launched and took down the kite. Thank goodness for those heavy pipes on the ground. In the end I had to anchor the kite line to a pipe and use a pulley to bring the gear down. the wind was too fierce to pull it in by hand.

The open area where I launched and took down the kite. Thank goodness for those heavy pipes on the ground. In the end I had to anchor the kite line to a pipe and use a pulley to bring the gear down. The wind was too fierce to pull it in by hand.

You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-39 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.



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  • RaiulBaztepo on

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  • Rob Huntley on

    Thanks Raiul and Piter.
    Photography and this blog are hobbies although I am beginning to receive some commercial interest for some of my work.

  • PiterKokoniz on

    Hi !!! :)
    I am Piter Kokoniz. Just want to tell, that I like your blog very much!
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Thank you:)
    Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia


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