A lovely drone has been added to Ancient Amador Gold's list of cool tools to work and play with. It's a DJI Mavic Mini and we've named her, the "Dragon Fly". Drones have been around for several years, now, and a lengthy memo here is surely not necessary. Suffice to say, that with the rural nature of this part of the world, as well as the vast planes full of beautiful scenery and photogenic features, there is plenty for our little Dragon Fly to explore. Drones have made what is tantamount to aerial photography/video accessible to everyone, and (at least for now) the regulations are not prohibitive in the country. Many of the places features already on Ancient Amador Gold will be explored from an aerial perspective , as opportunity avails.
There are many videos on this website, and they span a variety of areas of interest. This page has videos of two distinct kinds and are divided as such. The videos in the first section are meant to introduce the uninitiated to the populated areas and are not primarily intended to provide evidence. It's really a pleasure cruise though our mountains and towns for pleasure's sake. The second section features drone footage of some of the noteworthy sources and potential sources for strong evidence... and some amazing scenery to boot. All of the Amador By Dragonfly videos have audio carefully selected to enhance viewing pleasure. We hope you'll enjoy touring California's Gold Country by Dragonfly.
We attained permissions for specific sites while doing onsite and on foot explorations, and retained those permissions through to the present, but with aerial and drone photography/video, there is such a wide window. To pinpoint and isolate would be damn near impossible. Moreover, navigational software and apps like Google Earth have been showing raw topographical data and imagery for as long as they've existed. We don't want to have our "Dragon Fly" get punished for anything. At this time, there's just no controlling authority for the kind of video we are featuring, but if one materializes, there are many apps and popular technologies by powerful interests that would surely be affected by the same, so she should be safe to fly freely for the foreseeable future.
The animated image of Jimmie Chow, Fiddletown's only Chinese Native Son discusses local history as well as human nature as you fly via drone over Fiddletown.
An Interview with Jimmy Chow at the Chew Kee Store
Time Tourism is accomplished in this short historical documentary of Fiddletown.
The small town of Fiddletown and local area
We go over & above and through Sutter Creek CA in the way only a drone can. Plus a terrific aerial view from dizzying heights.
The Historic Main Street of Jackson, CA
The small boomtown camp of Volcano and beautiful surrounding area
A flight over one of the first claim spots in Amador's Gold Rush history
The Dragonfly takes a run at Amador City and finds a Gold Rush boomtown that still looks great from above also below at rooftop level
The vast and ancient stone wall network culminates in Martell and Jackson
A tour through the fabulous stones, art, and majesty of the most visible landmark in Amador County
Obscurely located but as great a sight to behold as can be, Bisbee Peak is toured properly here.
A closer look at the Peak
A fly-by on a few of the Fiddletown Mounds
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At the southern end of Amador County, there are majestic mountains, a mighty river, and making their cameo every Spring... a whole lot of poppies!