In this new world of quarantine and isolation, sometimes we have to search for freedom.
Fifteen-year-old Daniel Walston found his in the air.
Through the eyes of a tiny drone.
“Hitting a super small gap in a tree, and then flowing to another area. And feeling kind of like a bird," said Daniel.
He was inspired to build his first drone three years ago.
“When I saw the first video of someone flying something similar to this," he said.
He flew it once and was hooked.
He started practicing.
“I’d take any household object. A chair, a table, something else sitting around, and I’d just start flying through it really fast. As fast as I could," said Daniel.
Now, he’s become a master behind the remote, able to fly his tiny, homemade Whoop drones in, underneath and around just about anything.
He’s won some racing competitions, and took second place in a recent international freestyle competition, beating competitors from around the world.
But for Daniel, flying is more than winning a competition.
“It’s kind of like a therapy. When you go out and fly, you don’t have to think of anything else," he said.
Every twist, every turn tells a story.
“I see it kind of like a poem, but in flight," said Daniel.
Up here, Daniel is free.
If you'd like to learn more about drones, a virtual youth summer camp is planned for kids who are interested.