Top Down: The Earth from the Air

There is another world, and it is in this one.

~ Paul Eluard

Tulip fields, Sassenheim, Netherlands in Spring.

Autumn foliage, Lithuania.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia basking in the golden light of sunset. Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palouse, Washington, USA. Palouse is one of Washington’s most serene wonders, formed due to glacial floods that roughed up the region’s terrain, leaving a layer of fertile sediment. The region is perfect for agriculture and production of mainly wheat and legumes.

Ewaso Ng’iro River, Kenya. The river flows down from Mount Kenya to water the dry plains, stretching east from Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. At the banks of the river are several wildlife reserves such as Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

Okavango River, Botswana. The Okavango River flows southeastward for 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from Angola toward the Kalahari desert in Botswana. It serves as a life support system for a wide array of wildlife.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. One of the most famous natural attractions of Ireland, the cliffs reach about 702 feet (214 metres) over the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point.

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland. Located on Iceland’s South Coast, the spectacular waterfall drops around 200 feet (60 m). There is a hidden path behind the waterfall that allows visitors to enjoy a 360-degree view of the falls.

The winding road from Urumuqi to the Heavenly Lake (Tienchi) in Xinjiang, the westernmost province of China, and the heart of the ancient Silk Road.

A plane casts a shadow over Lake Natron, at the base of Tanzania’s Gregory Rift. The waters have an extremely high saline and pH content and by day, can reach temperatures of 140°F. The surreal red color of the lake comes from algae that photosynthesize into bright red and orange hues as the water evaporates and salinity rises.

A small plane soars over the majestic folds of the Cathedral Cliffs on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast in Hawaii, the only way to grasp the scale of places like this.

Ronda, Spain. Located in the south of Spain, Ronda is a city split in two by the narrow El Tajo Gorge, with the old town on the southern side of the chasm and the new town on the northern side. The Gorge is carved by the Guadalevin River that flows through it and out into the valley to the west of the city. Three bridges connect the old town with the new. As you can see, the view from above is simply “gorge-eous”!

Road along the Pilis Mountains, Hungary. From the air, the road that twists and turns through the snow-covered forests of the Pilis Mountains in Hungary looks like a scene of another world. The mountains are located about 30 km north of the capital Budapest, once a popular hunting ground for Hungarian kings and now home to several ski resorts. Eventually the hairpin bends lead to the village resort of Dobogoko. Located 699m above the sea level, the village offers a panoramic view of the Danube River.

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