Maybe it's time to get a drone

Yes I’m talking about the drones from DJI.

When it comes to cameras or lenses (a drone is no more than an aerial camera to me), I don’t buy them based on reviews. I buy them because of the output quality.

I’ve been subscribing a YouTube channel named Shinji kawamura for a while and everytime he has a new drone video it’ll literally stun me. Everytime. Check out the video below if you don’t believe me.

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So broad. The video was taken by DJI’s Phantom 4 and it’s 60FPS & 4K! Absolutely amazing quality and the turnarounds are smooth. I can easily tell that the drone is super stable without flying it myself.

Imagine the scene when I use a drone in the foliage season (I live in New England)… It’ll probably look like this:

Groton and a Sea of Fog or this:

Algonquin Highlands, Canada

Looks really exciting.

Sad news is that starting from this year, FAA requires that every single drone device be registered before it can be legally flying outdoors. This is likely going to take some time so I guess I should get one no later than August.

I missed last fall, so I really want to be fully prepared this year!

E.B White

I’ve been to only a few states in the U.S., but have already learned that almost every state (region, at least) has its unique natural features and cultural characteristics. And sometimes they’re so different.

New England is famous for its history and open, broad mind - Liberalism, perhaps. Oh and the colorful Autumn, of course. Although I feel sad that I’ m thousands of miles away from my homeland, living in the New England area has always been a pleasant thing, especially for readers like me. Just knowing the fact that many of my favorite authors and writers have or had been living so close to me makes me happy.

Stephen King’s scary house stands in Bangor, Maine. Bill Bryson (who wrote A Walk in the Woods) had lived in New Hampshire for years before he finally moved to England (from New England, nostalgically). Springfield, MA is known for its Dr.Seuss museum, whilst ‘the road not taken’ by Robert Frost is actually being taken frequently in Vermont. Even Thoreau’s cabin beside Walden Pond can still accommodate passing-by travellers.

Among the countless writers influenced by Thoreau, E.B.White was a very notable one. He even had a cabin similar to Thoreau’s, as shown in the image below:

E.B.White moved from New York to Maine in 1938, at a point when he was far from being successful or rich. He said:

I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else.

He really loved Maine.

Charlotte's Web

I still remember when I was reading his Charlotte’s Web, the spider Charlotte asks if there’s a good word to describe Wilbur - her pig friend, so that she can weave it onto the web to save him. Interesting enough, my choice was sensible, thinking it’s such a proper word to remind people of their ignorance and should-have prudence. But E.B.White used radiant, which made me realize that my choice of word was just too obvious if not boring.

My English is not on the same level of E.B.White’s, of course, but I always think trying to replace a word in a sentence is a good way to remember it as well as practice and improve language skills.

A friend of mine reviewed his essays as “innocent, sensitive, liberal and wonderful”. I quite agree - just want to add “in a professional way” at the end.

My Best Shot 2016


This photo above happens to be my shot of 2016. It was taken at Castel Hill Lighthouse, Newport, RI. Would love to see an HDR version of this picture.

In case you want to see my best shot of 2015… ta da!


This shot was taken at Maeda Forest Park near Teine, Sapporo. I kinda love its symmetry in asymmetry.

Click on either picture will take you to its corresponding Flickr page.