Today there are thought to be more than 770,000 drone users in the United States alone. By eliminating the need for a human pilot, these lightweight – and often affordable – aircraft have provided a convenient way for hobbyists and amateurs to begin exploring places that were previously inaccessible, at least outside of expensive expeditions.
With cameras attached, these drones have come to play an important role in mapping the parts of the planet that are still relatively unexplored. Now, everything from remote mountain tops to desert islands can be easily filmed – and YouTube is full of the results.
One of the other benefits of drone filming is that far-flung habitats can be observed without the risk of disturbing the native wildlife. As a result, some of nature’s rarest and most exciting biological phenomena are being captured on camera for the first time.