For a long time I’ve been fascinated by “the bird’s eye view.” Growing up I never really flew; in fact, my first plane ride was in my early 20s. When I did finally take to the “friendly skies,” I was amazing at the view of the landscape below me.

Since then, I’ve been drawn to aerial photography. Here are a few of my favorite Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana aerials taken by both professional photographers (from helicopters) as well as drone pilots. 

Lakefront Aerial Festivals
Credit MonsoursPhotography.net

Homes in Cameron Parish. Photo by Lindsey Janies
Credit LindseyJanies.com

Birds flying over refuge in South Louisiana (Creole Nature Trail). Photo by Lindsey Janies.
Credit LindseyJanies.com

Boat navigates the marshes of Southwest Louisiana.
Credit Adam Boozer with WeAreStowaway.com

I absolutely love the images I’m finding via social media too. All of these were tagged #VisitLakeCharles.

 

A photo posted by Ronald Stine 🌎 (@stinemeat) on

Here’s an oldie but goodie.  Lake Charles back in 1895.

Image: Bird's-eye view of Lake Charles photographed by F. E. Derr circa 1895.  (Louisiana State Museum 09813.002.1)
Image: Bird's-eye view of Lake Charles photographed by F. E. Derr circa 1895.
(Louisiana State Museum 09813.002.1)

A great one of Contraband Bayou.

 

A photo posted by Light & Drawing (@lightanddrawing) on

 

Thanks to drones – getting aerial footage and photography has gotten easier. But it definitely takes a talented eye. Check out this video created by Ricky Hinch highlighting the Lake Charles waterways.

 

Tag your awesome aerials with #VisitLakeCharles!