Aerial photo of eagle in flight from a paramotor in Homer, Alaska.

The sun setting over the volcanoes of the Aleutian Range lighting the Kenai Mountains in purple and gold. Just the bald eagles and I slipping silently back and forth 2,000 feet above the edge of Kachemak Bay.

Aerial photo of eagle in flight from a paramotor in Homer, Alaska.

Yesterday evening I discovered a unique photo opportunity provided by shooting from my paramotor. There was a nice steady breeze on Kachemak Bay so I cruised up to the bluffs near Homer, Alaska around sunset hoping for some nice soaring conditions. I’ve soared on these bluffs before in both the ultralight and the paramotor, but never before were the conditions so perfect. I was able to maintain altitude indefinitely with the motor shut off just sliding back and forth in a huge expanse of rising air.

When I first started soaring I was the only one enjoying these remarkable conditions. Within several minutes however the bald eagles left their perches on the bluff and joined me. With such easy flying conditions I was able to focus on photographing the eagles whenever our soaring paths crossed. It was incredibly fun and beautiful.

Aerial photo of eagle in flight from a paramotor in Homer, Alaska.

Cheesy as it may be, I can’t help but think of that Steve Miller Band song I listened to in highschool:

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I’m free