Aerial Views of the Ranch
By Patrick Roehl
Photos by David Kraner

A friend of mine took these aerial pictures of the Ranch and surrounding area.  His name is David Kraner and he is a pilot for Continental Airlines.  Although he is a neighbor of mine in Florida, Dave is based out of Houston.  As a Captain, he flies Boeing 737 aircraft to South America, Europe, and all over North America.

With the aid of my GPS unit I was able to give Dave the exact coordinates of my property in Unit 3 and he was off to snap some pictures.  Of course I assumed he would be able to get pictures of the whole ranch.  Well, as it turned out, I didn't understand the process.

With the precise location he could easily fly the plane directly overhead.  But since a 737 doesn't have a window on the bottom of it, you can't see anything straight down.  This meant that Dave had to fly 20 miles or so around the ranch and estimate where the precise coordinates were on the ground.  I think he did a pretty good job of finding the location!

From 41,000 feet it's pretty hard to make out much detail.  Dave was clearly able to see I-25, the town of Trinidad, and Trinidad Lake.  Too bad the New Mexico state line isn't visible from the air.

Most of the shots are of the North end of the ranch and include Trinidad and Fisher's Peak Mesa.  The pictures are not crystal clear since they were taken through the cockpit window class (which is pretty thick).  The "full" pictures are quite large and may take some time to fully load.  Some have been annotated with landmarks.


Press a button to see a different version of the picture shown.  Use your browser's BACK button to return to this page.  There are 8 variations for each picture.  The pictures are available with annotations and plain in four sizes:

View of the ranch and surrounding area, centered on Trinidad Lake.  Picture taken January 11, 2001.

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View of the ranch and surrounding area, from Trinidad Lake to Raton, and 40 miles east to west.  Picture taken January 11, 2001 at 11:26am.

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Partial view of the ranch.  Shows from south of Trinidad to about the NM state line.  Good view of Fisher's Peak and the Mesa.  Picture taken January 11, 2001.

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Partial view of the ranch showing more of the southern section.  Shows from south of Trinidad into New Mexico.  Good view of Fisher's Peak Mesa and Raton Mesa.  Picture taken January 11, 2001.

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View of most of the ranch.  Shows most roads very well.  Can you spot your property?  Picture taken January 14, 2001.

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