Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido used a drone to capture the stunning mountain landscape of Arouca in Portugal, along with the remarkable zigzagging paths of the Paiva Walkways that traverse the mountain's slopes. The eight-kilometer-long (four mile) trail was designed by Lisbon-based engineering firm Trimetrica. Garrido used a handheld and drone-mounted camera to capture views of the area and convey the scale and beauty of the project.
The structure of the Paiva Walkays, located in the Arouca nature reserve, are built from wood, with metal elements added to fix in the wooden beams and provide additional support where needed, like at the rope bridge suspended over the Rio Paiva. The walkway zigzags and winds up hills and allows visitors to fully experience the stunning natural scenery.
Garrido used a drone to capture the view overhead. “After being there one time photographing it in the normal way, on the ground, I decided to photograph it with a drone. I believed it would give incredible photos, and it did,” said Garrido.
“Drone photography is very popular nowadays, but I believe that we should use it only when it is justified, and this project is one that drone photography gives real dimension to,” he added.