These Unexpected Photos Were Taken By Drones At Just The Right Moment

By Jake Schroeder
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Drone technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years. Cameras mounted on drones have become more and more powerful. The images below are taken by some of these drones. The sale of drones has skyrocketed over the past few years. This is due to the dramatic drop in price for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) which had before only been used by the military. Now, more and more people are using drones as hobbyist items. The cameras allow them to capture photos from previously impossible angles. Drones are also being used by everything from the police, retailers, hospitals, broadcasters, and more. Drones have also been known to capture some very unexpected photos when least expected.

The Giant Pink Rabbit Called Hase

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When you think of Italy, you might think of wine, pizza, pasta, and opera. The last thing you expect to find in the hills of Italy is a gigantic pink rabbit. This photo was taken in 2005 by a drone in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. The name of the rabbit is Hase. It is 200 feet long and has a height of 20 feet. When it was originally constructed. The artists thought that the rabbit would last until the year 2025, but it had entirely decomposed by 2016. You might wonder why someone might do something like this. If you ask the artist why, however, the answer is simple: Art.

D-d-d-danger, Watch Behind You!

D-d-d-danger, Watch Behind You!

Drones can also capture things we never realized at the time. One drone caught footage that these sailors had no idea about. The video where this photo comes from shows a huge whale that followed the boat for a full 15 minutes. Luckily, the whale was merely curious and no one was in any actual danger.

Air Bear

Air Bear

Photographer, Florian Ledoux, won the highest accolade at the 2017 Skypixel awards for this photograph. It shows a polar bear as it struggles to cross the ice cap of the Arctic. This image also clearly shows the severe impact that global warming is having on our planet. Florian hopes that his photo will help to raise awareness so that some solutions can be found so that many people may enjoy such natural wonders in the future.

The Giant Hole In Guatemala

The Giant Hole In Guatemala

This photo that was captured by a drone shows a huge sinkhole that opened in Guatemala City. The hole appeared in 2010 after tropical storm Agatha hit the area. The hole swallowed a three-story factory. According to experts, many different factors, not all of them natural, played a part in creating this massive chasm, including the eruption of the Pacaya volcano. The whole was about 300 feet deep and 65 feet wide. According to experts, giant holes like this are becoming more and more common in Guatemala City. This is partly due to the city’s lack of strict rules when it comes to building codes and zoning.

Clowning Around

Clowning Around


In 2016 there was an unexplained spike in the number of reported clown sightings across the United States and Canada. During that time, a drone in Huntsville, Alabama captured this terrifying image of a clown in a field. Some people think that this was no chance photo and was, in fact, staged, but it is creepy nonetheless. Many people have been concerned that the clown trend will spread beyond the US and there have been numerous sightings of similar creepy clowns all over the world, though not nearly as many. Some people think that these sightings might have been pranks or part of a secret marketing campaign for the 2017 movie IT. The phenomenon became so huge that even McDonalds has said that, at least for the foreseeable future, their clown mascot won’t be used.

Pegasus Down

Pegasus Down

You might think that this photo has been edited using a program such as Photoshop, but sadly this image captured by a drone back in 2018 shows Pegasus Airlines Flight 8622 after its fateful crash. The flight from Ankara was about to land at Trebizond Airport. The plane slipped from the runway and slid down the embankment. Luckily, it stopped short of sliding all the way into the Black Sea. Miraculously none of the passengers were injured.

Droning On At The Wedding

Droning On At The Wedding

Every bride and groom try to find some way to make their wedding photos as unique as possible. This couple used a drone to take a photo of themselves on the rooftop of a tall building. We’re sure that these two will find many more creative uses for a drone.

That’s No Log

That’s No Log

A drone flying over the coast of the island of Phuket, Thailand captured this photo of a three-meter-long crocodile. These silent killers are able to strike and attack people without warning. Nile Crocodiles and saltwater crocodiles are incredibly dangerous and are responsible for many deaths in Africa and Southeast Asia each year? According to the information available, this drone photo shows a croc that escaped from a nearby crocodile farm. One might wonder why someone decided to build a crocodile farm near a seaside resort.

Morrison’s Quarry

Morrison’s Quarry

This sunken aircraft lying in Morrison’s Quarry in Chelsea, Quebec was photographed by a drone. The quarry lies a 25-minutes drive from Ottawa, but it seems like a tropical location far away. The waters around this area are known for its perfect waters, ideal for scuba diving, and for bungee jumping. There are cars and many other things at the bottom of the sea as well. It might seem strange that all these things are under the sea, but the reason is simple. All of them were placed there to create a more interesting area for divers.

Serbia’s Mir Mi

Serbia’s Mir Mi

This drone photo shows the Mir mine, deep in the Siberian tundra. It is one of the largest holes that has ever been excavated and it was the first developed diamond mine of the former Soviet Union. The diamonds were first discovered by a team of Soviet geologists in 1955. Yuri Khabardin, the Chief Geologist, was given the Lenin Prize for the discovery. At its height, 10, 000, 000, 000 carats of diamonds were mined per year.

Falling Colors

Falling Colors


To a photographer, the beautiful colors of Fall are an absolute gift. The fiery blast of colors before winter. A photographer caught the full splendor of fall with a drone. You can see how man encroaches on nature by watching the road winding through the blazing forest.

Tree Plane

Tree Plane

You might think that this is the scene of some tragic accident. However, a man named Bruce Campbell (not the actor), bought this plane when it was decommissioned. He bought it for $100,000 and had it taken to his land outside Portland, Oregon. He turned this Boeing 727 into his home.

Fort Fantastic

Fort Fantastic

This almost three-hundred-year-old fort was built in Holland. It is no longer used in the countries defense and is currently a historical monument. These walls and moat have stood for several hundred years. Something else you might notice in this photo is the wonderfully maintained forest which also belongs to the museum. Interestingly enough, a fort with a similar design in South Africa that was also built by the Dutch around the same time.

Great White Hype

Great White Hype

This photo is part of a documentary about the relationship between sharks and humans by Mark Romanov and Forrest Galante. It was taken off the Southern Californian coast. The two girls, called Jessica and Kelly, seem oblivious to the ominous dark shape swimming around under their paddleboards.

Desert Boneyard

Desert Boneyard

Something you might not think about is where fighter planes are sent once they are decommissioned. The answer is: they get sent to Tucson, Arizona. “The Boneyard” is a disposal and storage facility that was created after the Second World War. There are almost 4,000 planes stored here. The low humidity in the area is what makes it so perfect as a location. The metal doesn’t rust and corrode in that kind of environment. The base sends about $500 million of spare parts back to the government and Congress approved private parties.

Jam Packed

Jam Packed

China is the most populous country in the world with more than 1.4 billion inhabitants. Obviously this also means that China has some horrendous traffic jams ever seen. This photo of a 50 lane road that became a bottlenecked traffic jam was taken on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau highway on the border of Hong Kong. The “Golden Week” is a Chinese holiday week where people travel home to see their families. Each year more and more people take to the roads. In 2010 this traffic jam was so bad that it lasted 12 days and some people were only able to travel a single mile in a day.

Catch Of The Day

Catch Of The Day

This well-timed photo captured the moment when a fisherman from Panama City Beach, Florida caught a hammerhead shark. The images show how he is battling to pull up the shark. The fisherman not only succeeded but also released the shark back into the ocean.

The Silverdome

The Silverdome

This haunted Silverdome stadium was once home to the Detroit Lions football team before moved to the newer Ford Stadium in 2002. This stadium has hosted the Super Bowl, a pope, the NBA final, an Elvis concert, and many others. It was bought in 2009 with the plan of turning it into a football stadium. This never happened and no one has any idea what the future holds for this stadium.

Christ The Redeemer

Christ The Redeemer

This is an example of the amazing angles that people can only capture with a drone. This photo is a top-down view of the Redeeming Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro. It stands 2,329 high atop Mount Corcovado. The statue is 124.7 feet high and took all of 9 years complete. As huge as it is, this is only the 3rd largest statue of Christ in the world. There are larger statues are in Bolivia and Poland. The statue in Rio is routinely struck by lightning, even losing a finger as a result of the storm.

Six Flags

Six Flags

Located in New Orleans is an abandoned Six Flags theme park. The park has been closed since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. This photo was taken by a flying drone just two weeks after the storm passed, and as you can see, the park is still flooded. A number of different plans have been announced to redevelop the site, but none have been completed. The site remains abandoned and in poor condition. Nevertheless, the park is guarded 24 hours a day by the New Orleans police as thrill-seekers attempt to break into the park to see the ghost town amusement park.

A Nightmare In The Sky

A Nightmare In The Sky

This impressive view shows an aerial photo of a drone overlooking the city of Hong Kong. Hong Kong has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world and, although they are beautiful to look at, they also represent a larger underlying problem in the city’s real estate market. Hong Kong is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world with more than seven million inhabitants living in its very compact perimeter. The real estate market has long struggled to meet the demand for more living space, but unfortunately, this has only resulted in smaller and smaller apartments at extremely high prices.

Gulliver The Gentle Giant

Gulliver The Gentle Giant

This somewhat disturbing image was taken by a drone seen from the sky over a field in Edinburgh, Scotland. The statue, called Gulliver the Gentle Giant, was created by Jimmy Boyle, a former gangster, and convicted murderer, while he served a sentence at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow. The statue was unveiled in 1976 and has become the favorite playground for children in the region. Over time, the statue decayed and was finally removed from the site in 2011.

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

This photo was taken as part of the “Dronestagramme” travel photography competition. It is Mont Saint-Michel. It is one of the most recognizable sites in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Normandy, this emblematic town attracts more than three million visitors per year. The island has had strategic fortifications since antiquity and has been the seat of the monastery since the 8th century AD. At low tide, the island is accessible to pilgrims who come to visit the abbey. And at high tide, the island is very defensible to potential invaders. Mont Saint-Michel remained undefeated during the Hundred Years’ War, even though the English tried several times to seize the town by force.

Basilica of St. Francis

Basilica of St. Francis

In what appears to be a castle straight out of the hit Game of Thrones series, this view can be seen in person in Umbria, Italy – but only by drone. And it is not really a castle, but a church known as the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The construction of the imposing basilica began in 1228. The complex consists of two churches built on the hillside and a crypt where the remains of Saint Francis lie. Saint Francis lived and died in the city of Assisi, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in Italy. The basilica has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

Weaving Birds

Weaving Birds

No, it is not a giant sculpture of a moose head, but rather the most famous bird’s nest in the world. This photo of a drone was taken by a South African photographer in the Kalahari Desert, which covers an area of about 350,000 square miles across much of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Such a large nest can support hundreds of weavers. Since the bird species regularly maintains its nests, they can last extremely long, sometimes up to 100 years. Massive nests are made of natural materials such as twigs, grass, and cotton. The weaver’s common nest is a rare phenomenon among birds.

Feeding The Ducks

Feeding The Ducks

This beautiful image of a drone was taken over the Ba River, just downstream of the city of Tuy Hoa, Vietnam. A farmer can be seen feeding the hundreds of beautiful white ducks that surround him. There is a long tradition of duck farming in Vietnam. Some 30 million ducks are raised each year in the country, which provides a significant amount of meat and eggs to its inhabitants. Many ducks are raised seasonally in rice fields at the beginning of crop growth, as ducks help to control insects and weeds, as well as provide manure for rice plants that provide additional nutrients.

Staten Island Boat Cemetery

Staten Island Boat Cemetery

Did you know that in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities, New York, there is a boat cemetery that hides in plain sight? The place is locally known as Staten Island Boat Cemetery, located just off the north shore of the borough. This cemetery was founded in the 1930s. Originally used as a salvage yard, the boats were dismantled and sold as spare parts, but the project was eventually abandoned. Today, there are still about a hundred ships that are decomposing on the site. The destination has become a popular point of view for photographers and artists, especially drones photographers who are looking to capture this unusual view.


Drones Of Dubai

Drones Of Dubai

Over the last few decades, Dubai has created one of the most spectacular city skylines on the planet. This offers perfect opportunities for drone pilots to get dramatic photographs from interesting viewpoints, as we can see here. The stunning modern architecture on show in Dubai is crying out for photographers to showcase it, and using drones gives us breathtaking new perspectives.

Bubbling Up

Bubbling Up

Since drones have come on the scene, photographers have had the opportunity to take pictures of never before seen natural phenomena in areas that were just too hazardous to enter previously. In this photograph, a photographer has used a drone to get a close-up picture of an Icelandic volcano erupting. Any photographer trying to get to this spectacular fire lake on foot would be taking their life in their hands, but with a drone, we get all the beauty but none of the risk.

Drones And Divers

Drones And Divers


At 60 years old, most of us are thinking about the rocking chair and slippers, but not this individual, who chose to celebrate his birthday by diving off a waterfall. The Yellow River in China holds many world records for waterfall diving, and for this picture technology, nature, and human courage have combined to produce an amazing image. Using a drone, the photographer gives us an incredible view of the action and at the same time shows us just how small human achievements are against the majesty of nature.

Solitary Living

Solitary Living

For those who really value their privacy and solitude, it’s hard to imagine a better residence than a cottage floating on the surface of the ocean. Clearly whoever built this house was determined to get as far away from the rest of humanity as they could. All we know about this photograph is that the location is somewhere in the Atlantic between Canada and New York; the drone certainly makes it look as though the homeowner will never have trouble with their neighbors.

Frozen Rivers

Frozen Rivers


This shot of the Delta River in Iceland was taken from 1500 feet up using a drone. The amazing mystical frozen landscapes of Iceland’s winter mountains look here as if they have been created by the most gifted painter – and in a way, they have been, by nature, the most talented painter on Earth. The swirls and curves of ice look quite magical here, don’t they? This picture is part of a series named “Elemental”, devoted to capturing the amazing sights nature blesses us with.

Unlucky For Some

Unlucky For Some

When someone’s having a really bad day, that can make a good day for a photographer. The driver of this truck clearly won’t be happy after jackknifing and spilling his load across the road, but the photographer with his drone must’ve thought it was Christmas! There is a fascinating juxtaposition of the stationary truck and the traffic carrying on to speed by oblivious, showing just how isolated we can be from each other in our busy world.

Country Colors

Country Colors

All we know about this photograph is that the photographer is named Anders – and that he has an eye for a beautiful picture. In this shot, he has used a drone to capture an amazing patchwork of contrasting colors between fields and a river. Before drones came onto the market, pictures like this would require the massive expenditure of hiring helicopters, etc.; now the equipment needed is within the budget of most amateurs.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Most of these photographs are about the beauty of nature, but we always have to remember that it can be destructive as well. This photograph shows us the appalling damage caused by Hurricane Harvey as it rampaged across Texas and Louisiana. 30,000 people were driven from their homes by this event, which ranks with Hurricane Katrina as one of the greatest natural disasters in America’s recent history; the final bill came to around $125 billion.

A New York Christmas

A New York Christmas

Bryan Dumas took this incredible photograph of a winter’s morning in Central Park in New York using a drone-mounted camera. It’s an amazing depiction of the way nature can still keep a foothold even in this richest and most urban of cities. Anyone who has visited New York, or who lives there, knows just how important Central Park is to give relief from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, and this image captures its stillness and beauty perfectly.

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Lombard Street in San Francisco has long been a photographer’s favorite, but they have always been confined to ground-level before. This drone image gives us a new perspective on the way this famous road snakes its way across the steep slopes of the San Francisco Hills.

Science Fiction?

Science Fiction?

Drones have given photographers and scientists the opportunities to penetrate areas that had previously been far too dangerous for humans to visit – they are still pretty dangerous for drones, apparently many were lost in the project to capture these images. Still, we feel it was worth the cost to bring back such amazing pictures, telling us more and more about our planet.

El Nino – Bad Boy

El Nino – Bad Boy

Its name might mean “boy” in Spanish, but the El Nino weather phenomenon is nothing if fully grown. This drone image shows the incredible damage the cyclones it causes bring to the unfortunate countries in its path. We can see here that residents have abandoned their homes on the coast, and that it won’t be long before more of the coastline crumbles into the sea. It’s a sobering reminder of just how fragile our hold on the planet is.

Californian Catastrophe

Californian Catastrophe

In October 2017, the Tubbs Fire began in California. Although the state is used to having forest fires virtually every year, this one was different, rampaging across a wide area and doing billions of dollars of damage in the state’s most costly conflagration. More than 5600 buildings were destroyed by the fire, from Hollywood millionaire mansions to humble single-story homes. Nearly 37,000 acres of land were burned, and, tragically, at least 22 people were killed.