An aerial documentary on the Smithsonian Channel captures the beauty of Minnesota from the sky.
A “fly-over state” has gotten the ultimate fly-over.
In this case, however, the pilots and camera crew with the Smithsonian Channel’s “Aerial America” worked a lot closer to the ground. Their goal: capturing the prairies and forests, the rural landscapes and urban landmarks, the lakes and streams and waterfalls that make Minnesota what it is.
The 60-minute result premieres on the cable channel at 8 p.m. Sunday, and will be available on iTunes thereafter.
We caught up with “Aerial America: Minnesota” director Toby Beach to get the lowdown from on high.
Q: How did Minnesota fare in aerial photos?
A: The fall colors in Minnesota were one of the highlights. We filmed just as the leaves were turning and they brought the state alive in ways that I hadn’t quite expected. Everywhere we focused the camera there was color. The combination of water, trees and fall light is so much a part of the Minnesota landscape.
Q: Are we really just a fly-over state?
A: Minnesota is actually a very distinctive state from the air. You don’t get a chance to see a landscape like the Boundary Waters anywhere else in the U.S.