WATCH: View from a 'garden bench' in the sky
THERE is no better way to see the Clarence Valley than from above, as Yamba man Max Bell proves with his spectacular aerial photographs.
Flying at about 50kph in his Aerochute, Mr Bell gets to see the best parts of the Clarence from his "garden bench with a motor on the back".
And he can share some interesting experiences from his bird's eye view in the sky.
"I chased a guy out of the water because there was a big white pointer about 30 metres from him," Mr Bell said.
"I went down really low and motioned him a chomping motion to get him out of the water."
With Mr Bell's Aerochute he's able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sites with his motor powered parachute.
"Mainly I'm just watching the dolphins, checking out where the fish are. I get a few guys asking me where the baits are," he said.
"I like to fly down near the beaches. I usually go in the early morning or the late evening, because I can't fly in strong winds.
"You always see something different."
While Mr Bell can't take passengers up on his current Aerochute licence, he is keen to share his view of the Clarence Valley.
He started taking photos while in the air to help document his flights and the Clarence Valley landscape.
"I've got a Canon camera that I mostly take stills with. It takes pretty good shots."
Mr Bell recently started making videos too, which you can find on YouTube.
Mr Bell said he got his Aerochute licence to fulfil his lifelong love of flying.
"I've always loved flying, I didn't like the idea of being cooped up in a plane.
"When I was a bit younger, I would have done the powered paragliding."