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Aerial Trees Make Abstract Art

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Dangling cameras from kites, Dutch photographer Gerco de Ruijter blurs the boundary between landscape and abstraction.

As a rule, tree farms are less interesting to us than forests. The perfectly spaced rows of trees have nothing on the wild natural jumble of a free standing forest. But there's an exception to every rule, and, errr, this is no exception. Hanging cameras from kites and fishing poles, Dutch photog Gerco de Ruijter captures aerial views of tree farms that come off looking like geometric abstract......read more

Photo Gallery: Striking Shots from Above

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Alex MacLean goes airborne to document the complex relationship between humans and nature.

As an architecture student at Harvard, Alex MacLean took a community planning course that exposed him to the practice of aerial photography. Inspired by the human-imposed grids and patterns he saw from the sky, MacLean pursued his pilot's licence and has since become one of America's preeminent sky photographers, having shot over much of the country and co-authored several books exploring the......read more

Breathtaking Aerial Photos From Around the World

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Longtime environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand snaps the Earth from above

Aerial photography and environmentalism go hand-in-hand. What better way to witness human impact on the planet than through panoramic shots from the sky. Yann Arthus-Bertrand is maybe the world's the best known aerial photographer, a man whose art is inextricably linked to ecological consciousness. "My fondness for nature goes back to childhood, but it was as an adult that I became an......read more

Gaia: Travels in Space

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Cirque du Soleil founder snaps transcendental images of Earth from space

In 2009, Guy Laliberte, the billionaire founder of Cirque du Soleil, boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket and shot into space. The goal: to raise awareness of clean water access and, presumably, to have an awesome time. Nine days later, Laliberte returned from his space travels with thousands of photos of Earth that he snapped with his Nikon D3S and Nikon D3X digital-SLR cameras. 102 of those epic......read more

Bernard Lang: Aerial Views

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German photographer snaps the environment from overhead

Working out of Munich, Germany, photographer Bernhard Lang comes through with an amazing series of aerial photographs that offer a different perspective of human activities and landscapes. There's one series shot over water, and one over ice and snow. Definitely worth a look.  Follow Lang's work and brush up on your German over at his blog.  (via......read more

Stephen Zirwes Aerial Photography

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Hypnotic views of Earth from 10,000 feet above

We're not generally prone to superlatives around here, but we love us some aerial photography, and German photog Stephan Zirwes takes some of the most incredible/amazing/awesome/epic aerial photos we've ever seen. Zirwes's pictures of industrial areas, beaches, construction sites, and airfields show a world is full of striking patterns and geometries. Visit his site for the full......read more

Where in the World?

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Test your geography knowledge with The Atlantic's Google Earth puzzle

Of the many Google innovations that have transformed our media world, Google Earth may be our fave. It takes a previously esoteric realm of photography — satellite imagery — and gives any internet user the power to view the planet from the sky. In doing so, it teaches us plenty about our impact on Earth. Earlier this month, The Atlantic presented readers with a challenge: look at a......read more

William Rugen: Harbinger

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Ominous B&W images of planet Earth

We first came across William Rugen via his Western Dioramas series, a collection of photos of sweeping landscapes in the American West. That led us to Harbinger, an older Rugen Flickr set with a much different tone. Set in stark black-and-white, the photos offer ominous perspectives of Earth from land, water and sky. Oceanic flotsam, surburban landscapes, shadows of planes. What exactly......read more

Incredible Images of the Great Salt Desert

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Mesmerizing views of Iran's largest desert from space

For our money, there's nothing like some good satellite or aerial photography to shift our perception of this planet we call home. Looking like abstract paintings, these images offer stunning views of the arid landscapes in Iran's largest desert, the Dasht-e Kavir, or Great Salt Desert. The word kavir is Persian for salt marsh. The essentially uninhabited zone -- covering an area......read more

James Reeve: Lightscapes

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Eye-catching images of the city by night

London-born, Marseille-based photographer James Reeve trips the light fantastic with his most recent collection of images, Lightscapes. Working under cloak of night, Reeve trains his camera on the lights of the city, removing everything but the speckled light patterns themselves. The effect is arresting, akin to the woozy feeling one gets when looking out the window of an airplane at......read more

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