Most of the pictures are of places or things that most of us could easily identify right away. The images illustrate just how much a change in perspective can alter. It’s also worth noting that a few of these sites, like the Pyramids of Giza and the hotels in Dubai, were designed with an aerial perspective in mind. The designs of certain Dubai hotels can only be appreciated fully from above, and some theorize that the Pyramids of Giza were meant to be aligned with the stars in Orion’s Belt.

Although taking photographs from a bird’s actual perspective is possible, most photographers prefer taking pictures like these from hot-air balloons, helicopters, gliders, or very tall structures. A few of the photographs also seem to be taken from altitudes that even birds couldn’t reach. None of this, however, detracts from their epic beauty.

Gallery 1 can be found here. [56 photos total]

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1
Pyramide du Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France (48°51’ N - 2°21’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Agricultural landscape between Ankara and Hattousa, Anatolia, Turkey (40°00’ N, 33°35’ E) (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Al-Deir temple, Petra, Ma’An region, Jordan (30°20’ N, 35°26’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Barrier reef, Queensland, Australia (16°55’ S, 146°03’ E) (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Orange grove on the Embalse de Salto Grande, Salto Department, Eastern Republic of Uruguay (31°08’ S, 57°53’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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"The tree of life ", Tsavo-East National Park, Kenya (3°36’ S, 39°02’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Gannet colony, Eldey island, Iceland (63°44’ N, 22°57’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Center-Pivot irrigation near Delmas, Mpumalaga province, Republic of South Africa (26°10’ S, 28°38’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Aluminium scrapyard, Noord-Beveland, the Netherlands (51°35’ N, 3°45’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Eduard Bohlen boat run aground on the beach, Namibia (23°59’ S – 14°27’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Roped party of mountaineers climbing Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France (45°50’ N, 6°53’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Iguazu waterfalls, Misiones province, Argentina and Brazil (25°42’ S, 54°26’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Gardens of Villandry castle, Indre-et-Loire, France (47°20’ N, 0°30’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Arab Castle of Qalat ibn Maan, Palmyra, Syria (34°34’ N, 38°15’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Animal hides spread out in an abandoned cemetery, Fès region, Morocco (33°55' N, 4°57' W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Elephants in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (19°25’ S, 23°14’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Göreme National Park, Cappadocia, Anatolia, Turkey (38°26’ N – 34°54’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Pierre Cardin’s bubble palace, Théoule-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, France (43°29’ N, 6°57’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Baobabs south of Belo, Toliara region, Madagascar (19°42’ S, 44°33’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Mosque in a district of El Oued, Wilaya of El Oued, Algeria (33°22’ N, 6°52’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Erosion on the slopes of a volcano near Ankisabe, province of Antananarivo, Madagascar (19°04’ S, 46°39’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Flock of sheep, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (54°00’ S, 69°00’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Gardens created in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan (29°33' N, 35°39' E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Kizuminami water tower, south of Kyoto, Honshu, Japan (34°41’ N, 135°47’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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American cemetery north of Verdun, Meuse, France (49°09’N, 5°23’E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Bad al-Saghir cemetery, Damascus, Syria (33° 31’ N, 36° 18’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Montaña de Taco, near Buenavista, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (28°21’ N, 16°48’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Greenhouses in San Augustin near Almeria, Andalusia, Spain (36°42’ N, 2°44’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Herd of reindeer near Ivituut, Kitaa, Greenland (61°05’ N, 46°10’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Landscape of brightly colored fields near Sarraud, Vaucluse, France (44°01’N, 5°24’E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Mangroves in Phang Nga bay, province of Phang Nga, Thailand (8°20’ N, 98°30’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Mosque in the village of Kwa, Mopti region, Mali (14°29’ N, 4°01’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Mountains in Brandberg West, Damaraland region, Namibia (21°10’ S, 14°33’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana, United States (30°00’ N, 90°05’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Burj Khalifa Tower under construction (World's Tallest Building), United Arab Emirates (25°12’N, 55°16’E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Newly planted olive groves, Zaghouan, Tunisia (36°24’N, 10°23’E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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White Pelicans in the Senegal River Delta near St. Louis, Djoudj National Park Sanctuary, Senegal (16°25’ N, 16°16’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Peul village near Timbuktu, Mali (16°46’ N, 3°00’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Township in Cap Town, Republic of South Africa (33°54’ S, 18°34’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Portrait of Nelson Mandela on a cooling tower of the Orlando Power Plant in Soweto, Gauteng Province, Republic of South Africa (26°15’ S, 27°56’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Waste from the copper mine at Chuquicamata, Chile (22°17’ S, 68°52’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Puy de Côme in the Chaîne des Puys, Puy-de-Dôme, France (45°47’ N, 2°57’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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River on the AuyÁn Tepui, Gran Sabana region, Venezuela (5°55’N, 62°32’W) (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Sand dune in the heart of vegetation on Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia (25°17’ S, 153°12’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Solar thermal power plant in Sanlúcar la Mayor, near Seville, Andalusia, Spain (37°26’ N, 6°15’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England (51°11’N, 1°50’W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Blue Lagoon, near Grindavik, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland (63°53’ N, 22°27’ W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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The Chocolate Hills, Bohol island, Philippines (9°45' N, 124°14' E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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The Citadel of Aleppo, Syria (36°12’ N, 37°10’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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The Esplanade of the Mosques and the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Israel and The Palestinian Territories (31°47’ N, 35°14’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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The Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan, Egypt (24°01’ N, 32°58’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Timgad archaeological site, wilaya of Batna, Algeria (35°29’ N, 6°28’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Trees in the middle of water near Taponas, Rhône region, France (46°07’N, 4°45’E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Village near Tahoua, Niger (14°54’ N, 5°16’ E). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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“Western Sun” villa, Costa Careyes, Jalisco state, Mexico (19°25' N, 105°01' W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #
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Punta Arena in Jaragua National Park, Pedernales, Dominican Republic (17°47’N, 71°39’W). (Yann Athus-Bertrand) #

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