It's not as dumb as it sounds, my first job was in Bristol but it was short lived and despite technically living in Bristol i've only been to the city a few times outside work... ANYWAY.
Welcome to my screenshot folder and my latest Flight Sim adventure, last time i suggested i'd go find some natural beauty but i haven't decided where to go, and i noticed Bristol had received a photogrammetry update so i figured i'd check it out, and now we're here.
The resolution of this city is less than the previous places i've been to but i still managed to squeeze something out of it, so let's fly! But first we must meet our noble pegasus for the afternoon.
What would suit flying around Bristol? You know... i live here... i'm not afraid to have a laugh, introducing the Bluemesh Skywaves Amphibious Ultralight.
Apparently inspired by the Polaris AM-FIB, maybe we can find some ponds to land in, i just noticed the GoPro, that's hilarious.
My knowledge of Bristol starts at Temple Meads train station, i never saw the front of the station as i always entered and exited from a weird little side door, a lot seems to have changed, last time i was in Bristol was... 14 years ago.
Why am i taking a close up of this road? One time when walking from the train station a lady riding a bike right in front of me got her bag caught in the front wheel and face planted, worst accident i've ever witnessed, i walked past the pool of blood for 2 weeks so this road is quite memorable, hope she's ok.
I worked at a computer repair place down here.
One time my boss asked me to get him a bacon sandwich from a Tesco up the road but i didn't know where it was, i saw this shop with the yellow fascia that was literally advertising bacon sandwiches so i got it from there, it was so scary, there were two fat trucker looking dudes sat in the corner and i had to ask a 70/80 year old lady to make the sandwich, they had an arcade machine but i didn't know what it was, it had vector graphics, one of those places you have no idea how it's still in business.
And that concludes my knowledge of Bristol, now we can explore. The layers of this building are insane, peoples homes, a parking garage, something else in the middle, a tunnel leading to another building, what's going on?
Another fun building combo, they're so close together.
"I want a circle" "why?" "I'm making a circle" "fine".
I just really enjoy thinking about how and why and when construction plans are made, this is simple and symmetrical but everything around it is a mess, maybe it's ok if your SimCity isn't beautiful.
I liked this building with the yellow digital camo.
Some gothic architecture to spice it up.
I don't know what this is, it's like someone plopped it in the car park, reminds me of a pillbox in Command & Conquer.
There's not many beauty shots in Bristol so take em when you get em, spot the ferris wheel.
Again with the construction plans, who comes up with these unique little ideas.
It's the SS Great Britain, i think i went on it as a kid. I asked my mum, she says yes.
Another beauty shot, though the bridge is a bit garbled up close.
It's amazing how far it stretches out, i took a few shots like this.
I guess there's a statue in the middle of this little park, it stands out on Google Maps.
We seem to have caught the The Downs music festival under construction, pretty neat.
I was surprised how legible the text is.
"I made a circle, and a square... zig zags?"
A hill with a thing on the top is always fun.
Is it me or does this parking garage have a glass quarter pipe?
I couldn't make up my mind if this was community gardens or something else when i noticed something up ahead, you know what time is it.
We finally encountered our first car yard, or maybe two, or maybe three, i'm pretty sure some are on a higher level so that might just be a car park, regardless i'm excited to finally find one, bonus points for mess but there's too much empty space, a generous 6/10.
Another wide shot, i try to take shots of specific things but the variety was good in this one.
IKEA, now we just need a water sanitation plant and we've got bingo.
Next to the IKEA are these long tanks, i thought they were interesting, why am i like this.
Can't wrap my head around this, it's just bananas.
Hidden amongst the similar looking houses is this pretty little place.
This feels like a very Bristol thing to me, a chimney from an old factory still standing while everything else is gone.
Apparently they're going to build houses and a park here but keep the chimney.
Gotta take shots of unique structures when you see them, the rough looking sports areas make me think it's a school but it's quite fancy for a school.
The resolution is quite low here but i can tell it's a fancy estate.
Told you i'd be looking for a pond, that random van parked by the trees is interesting.
I would love to know why this place is alone on top of a hill, it doesn't look big enough to warrant its car park.
The British countryside looks good in flight sim, i wonder what this lorry yard is for, weird location for it.
Approaching the river Severn we see a lot of larger infrastructure.
Hell yeah another car yard, in the middle of nowhere, pretending he's half in the martian desert, love it, organised but still messy and surrounded by countryside, 9/10... wait... oh my...
You can't do this to me, you can't show me a lovely little car yard and then this, what is this... why is this here and wha... just 10/10, i don't even know what the factory looking thing is, let's just move on.
I love wondering what goes on at factories, could be a power plant, could be something else.
The logistics of this place must be nuts, how any of it functions i don't know.
Ok this is getting silly, i don't think it qualifies as a car yard, it must just be a place imported cars get parked before moving on, unless, this many people actually work here...
We've seen car yards, a lorry yard, how about an excavator yard.
Water sanitation, bingo!
Docks look great from the air.
These must also be imported, docks are another logistical nightmare i don't understand.
Ok, ok... ok... we have to stop, this is too much, i think i found every car on the planet in one location, it's actually disturbing how many cars are in this shot, the photogrammetry ends here so they're all 2D (probably because it would break your computer), madness, we might have more cars than people at this point.
We leave Bristol with a flight along the river Severn, here's the longer of the two bridges that connects south England with Wales (not rendered properly here, it's supposed to be a suspension bridge).
Heading to Filton airport to end the adventure, are those dirt tracks down there? Furthering my theory that most airports have some kind of race track nearby.
I didn't think i'd find much to take shots of in Bristol but i think i did ok, this was spaced over 3 days and i wasn't sure if i was even going to post it, but i've got all these shots so... why not, thanks for looking, hope you liked it.
I exercise my right to fly off into the sunset, where will we go next time?
(Full disclosure this was sunrise, i lied)
I'm a dumbass, didn't even occur to me, if this is the only adventure i have in the UK it would be real stupid to not have any images of the Red Arrows.
I had two ideas, either i'd make multiple passes of an area and try to photoshop it together into a Red Arrows flyby, or i'd just do a stunt with one which would be way less time consuming, so i headed towards the bridge from before and something really cool happened, another player in the same plane started flying with me.
Someone else who bought the Hawk T1 was also hanging around in Bristol, pretty amazing, we landed and took off again together.
In my rush to take pictures i accidentally put the parking brake on and screwed it up :D.
I went back to my original task of flying under the bridge into a high G ascent with smoke and while i was paused my new friend zig zagged around it.
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