Most of the surveys we did in South Africa ran down the sides of the roads. This land was owned by the state so we had few problems with the local landowners. The Schoonspruit survey was different. This 3D survey was over the land owned by the farmer who lived in the house mid-right in the image below. He was claiming that we were doing damage to his crops but we couldn’t see it from ground level. An ex-SADF helicopter pilot, he had his own Jet-Ranger helicopter so he agreed to fly myself, the crew admin and a client representative over the survey area so we could see what he was talking about.
In this image we’d taken off from behind his red-roofed house and I was able to take this shot looking to the north, towards Bothaville. Our camp is in the triangle made by the rail-road, the highway and the road that runs in front of the grain silo’s. The settlement in the left mid-ground is the farm workers settlement.