Video: West Seattle’s fall beauty, seen from above

We feel fairly confident in saying that most West Seattleites are thankful for the beauty all around our peninsula. In honor of that, we’ve been saving this video shared with us earlier this week by Greg Daly, who explained, “I built a tricopter to get some cool ski footage … I’ve been practicing around West Seattle and the end result is pretty cool!” It is! See for yourself.

P.S. Greg in fact shared a skiing video here almost two years ago – Gatewood to Lowman!

32 Replies to "Video: West Seattle's fall beauty, seen from above"

  • Love it! November 28, 2013 (4:22 pm)


  • ScubaFrog November 28, 2013 (4:22 pm)

    Amazing – gorgeous views, and the new perspective from above is awesome. Well done Greg, and thanks WSB for posting this.

  • Uncle Joe November 28, 2013 (4:42 pm)

    Great! Thanks for sharing it.

  • kevin November 28, 2013 (5:28 pm)

    W O W ! Hat’s off to Greg Daly for this totally awesome video. He obviously has well mastered the operation of his mini helicopter! Well done Greg! And thank you for sharing.
    This video is well worth watching a 2nd, or even 3rd time! Not to mention sharing with friends.
    A FIVE star production!
    PS – The skiing video is equally commendable as well!

  • Sonoma November 28, 2013 (5:38 pm)

    Fabulous! Thank you, Greg, and thank you, WSB. The skies around Lincoln Park were particularly beautiful this afternoon just before sunset. Deep fog gradually gave way to robin’s egg blue and salmon pink. Oh, and the two park geese are doing fine.

    • WSB November 28, 2013 (6:03 pm)

      Sonoma – we have some photos to share, courtesy of kind readers, and might even have one of our own – checking now.

  • Mike November 28, 2013 (6:14 pm)

    Scary. Invasion of privacy. Keep it away from my house.

  • Peanut November 28, 2013 (6:15 pm)

    That was gorgeous!

  • Amy November 28, 2013 (7:26 pm)

    Wonderful shots of the beach. Inspiring song.

  • JW November 28, 2013 (7:27 pm)

    Great video! What was the song? Liked it too.

  • Eddie November 28, 2013 (7:50 pm)

    I agree with Mike.

    Mind if I tape/post to YouTube your next back backyard party?

  • Alberto November 28, 2013 (8:22 pm)

    That was absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing it!

  • Rick November 28, 2013 (8:33 pm)

    I grew up with this. Very cool!

  • Jim Clark November 28, 2013 (9:32 pm)

    theres a lot of stability in that platform for the video camera. Great job what are you using a GoPro camera?

  • Eileen November 28, 2013 (9:33 pm)

    Wow! Really enjoyed that – thank you for sharing.

  • Ken November 28, 2013 (9:48 pm)

    Excellent Greg!
    And certainly no more of an invasion of privacy then say someone walking on a sidewalk, standing on their balcony, looking down from an upper story apartment or condo, living in a house on a hill and being able to look down upon homes below, flying in a plane or helicopter, etc.

  • Chris W November 28, 2013 (9:53 pm)

    @JW I think the song is Let Go by Frou Frou, which was on the Garden State soundtrack.

  • JennyL November 28, 2013 (10:27 pm)

    Captivating views; I loved the shots rising from the ground. And I agree, the stability is amazing.

  • wseattlekell November 28, 2013 (10:33 pm)

    Beautiful video Greg! You captured the heart and soul of much of West Seattle. <3

  • Greg D November 28, 2013 (11:08 pm)

    Hi everyone, thanks for the largely positive feedback. I am really happy that you all love this place like I do.

    The song is indeed Let Go by Frou Frou, I chopped it a bit.

    The camera is a hero3+, the tricopter is my first, but it’s turned out really well. The camera is on a gimbal that stabilizes it. I can fly it quite fast without affecting the stability.

    Mike and Eddie and anyone else that might post here in that vein, you can check out google street and satellite for better views of your houses. I really could not care less about filming your private spaces, nor did I, unless you live in the woods in Lincoln park. I am always eager to share about what I’m doing with anyone that is interested. I love west Seattle so it’s often a subject or backdrop for things that I do.

    Thanks to everyone again, and if you see me at the park or beach or mountain please say hello!

  • miws November 29, 2013 (12:24 am)



    Thank you Greg, and WSB!


    It’s late, I was gone all day, and it’s way past my bedtime, so I don’t have time to watch the vid again right now.

    But, I can’t wait to watch it again tomorrow, so I can look in people’s windows, and invade their privacy!



  • Eddie November 29, 2013 (12:29 am)

    Very, very nice video Greg. I made sure my wife saw it for her enjoyment. I am not worried that you personally will snoop on me or my neighbor or my neighbor’s neighbor.

    I am worried about the technology.

    Here come the drones.

  • a November 29, 2013 (1:12 am)

    You are right Eddie. Technology is like religion, it can be great if used properly but very scary if abused.

  • Rick November 29, 2013 (4:20 am)

    Yeah,it’s early and I’ll watch the video once again. If I was worried about somebody looking in my windows I’d close the damn things. It’s really that easy.

  • Greg D November 29, 2013 (6:09 am)

    Thanks for the nice response, Eddie. I am also worried that a handful of disrespectful people might ruin a fun & rewarding hobby for the rest of us.

  • bettytheyeti November 29, 2013 (6:56 am)

    Greg, thanks for sharing a “slice” of West Seattle. I really enjoy the music for this and the now infamous Gatewood to Lowman ski run video. Both are whimsical.

  • Mike November 29, 2013 (7:51 am)

    Good statement , Eddie. That’s my concern. This video by Greg is very nice, and I am not worried about Greg’s intentions. But I am worried about the potential uses of drone technology by private and public agencies. As far as I know, Greg is trustworthy. Others will not be.

  • miws November 29, 2013 (8:46 am)

    Greg D and others, I hope you realize my last paragraph was sarcastic, directed toward the paranoid.


    In reading the comments before viewing the vid, I rolled my eyes at the negative comments.


    After actually viewing it, and seeing how truly unintrusive it is, I shook my head……



  • Kravitz November 29, 2013 (10:39 am)

    Being away from my home this holiday season has been really hard, but seeing this brought the biggest smile to my face. Thanks Greg and WSB for posting. Can’t wait to return to West Seattle, best place in the world. :)

  • Eddie November 29, 2013 (12:04 pm)

    Just so there’s no confusion, the “Eddie” that posted above is not me, the real Eddie, that’s been posting here for years.

    I for one think the technology and the results are very cool.


  • Dale Kirkpatrick November 29, 2013 (2:29 pm)

    Hi Greg,
    Very creative and colorful indeed! Your photos are very uplifting as the scenes take me with and above. How refreshing!
    Way to go.

  • Alkigirl November 29, 2013 (10:55 pm)

    Thank you, Greg and WSB!

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