Despite a truckload of hints dropped on my family, I'm still waiting for that Christmas/birthday/anniversary/Father's Day/pick an occasion gift of a drone. So, I'm forced to live vicariously through others here in Rockford who have theirs up in the sky and are taking awesome footage of the Forest City.

I can't be the only person enamored by high-def video footage taken via drone. I read recently that sales of camera-equipped drones are expected to nearly triple last year's sales. Drone footage is showing up in everything from commercial advertising and weddings, to being used to search for missing hikers and investigating volcanoes.

Bottom line, short of renting a plane or a helicopter, a video drone can give you an entirely new perspective on things you've seen many times before.

Like Rockford:

((Hat tip and credit to PJC Productions))