Kite aerial photography (KAP) has allowed me to widen my perception of the earth and has provided me a new approach to document natural resources and phenomena in a nonintrusive manner.
In November 2006, as I was attending a conference to present my results on KAP applications to studying humpback and gray whales, I was introduced to a group of scientists that work at the Marine Resources Research Center in Merida, Yucatán. This group described to me the richness of the natural resources found in the Yucatán Peninsula and pointed out locations with potential conditions for using kite aerial photography as a surveying technique.
From that moment, I started testing KAP in the Yucatán Peninsula. I explored the area in search of sites and species of interest to be photographed from above, especially within natural protected areas and national parks where KAP could provide a different perspective of the natural habitat, its geographical context, and the effect of human activities over it.