25 Mindblowing Aerial Photographs Of Our World

Posted by on November 26, 2012

Getting a good picture on the ground is hard enough, let alone underwater, but when it comes to shooting from the air it quite literally takes things to a whole new level. Thanks to gifted photographers like Yann Arthus-Bertrand, however, those of us stuck here on the ground get to see the world through a whole new lens. These are 25 mindblowing aerial photographs of our world.


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Machu Picchu, Peru

Image SourceLocated on a mountain ridge overlooking the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu has often been called the “City of the Incas”. Its foundations were laid sometime in the 15th century but construction was abandoned after the Spanish Conquest.

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Cattle near the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Image SourceKnown to locals only as “The Mara” this large game preserve in southern Kenya is well known for having large groups of zebra wildebeest, and gazelle pass through its territory on their annual migrations.

8

Suburbs of Copenhagen, Denmark

Image SourceKnown for its intentional layout designed to make commuting much simpler, Copenhagen has long been considered to have some of the highest quality of life in the world.

7

Boat Houses in Lagos, Nigeria

Image SourceAs one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Lagos is already overcrowded and it should come as no surprise to see people making their homes offshore.

6

Moshav co operative village farm at Nahalal Jezrael Plain, Israel

Image SourceA Moshav is a type of Israeli town or settlement that has an emphasis on community labor and usually consists of a number of farms benefiting from pooled resources.



5

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, New Mexico

Image SourceAs the largest hot air balloon festival in the world this international balloon bonanza lasts 9 days and has over 750 balloons.

4

Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Image SourceOn the topic of festivals, the Burning Man is yet another week long ordeal, this time in the desert. It derives its name from the burning of a large wooden effigy at its conclusion.

3

Town of Koh Pannyi, Thailand

Image SourceConsisting of approximately 200 families, this small Thai fishing village was built completely on stilts by Indonesia fishermen. The reason for this was because at the time of its construction laws did not allow for any foreigners to own land.

2

Epicenter of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan

Image SourceWhen the nuclear bombs known as Fat Man and Little Boy were dropped over the Japanese cites of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nearly 200,000 people were killed. Here you can see the origin of the blast in Hiroshima.

1

Icebergs and a lone penguin in Adelie Land, Antarctica

Image SourceFeeding on krill, fish, and squid Penguins spend about half their life in water. Here you can see the tiny size of the Adelie penguin contrasted against the huge icebergs on which it stands.