This stunning collection is the result of aerial photographer Yann Artus-Bertran‘s five-year airborne odyssey across six continents.

Housing Ourselves

Copenhagen, Denmark suburb

Cape Town, South Africa suburb


Denver, Colorado, USA suburb

Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

Gullholmen, Sweden


The Changping District in Beijing, China

Sha Kibbutz, Israel

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Boat Houses in Lagos, Nigeria

Stockholm, Sweden

Varanasi, India

Hashima Island, Japan

Ile de la Cite in Paris, France

Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Machu Picchu, Peru

Pena, Portugal

Ruins of the midieval city of Shali, Egypt


Pigeon Houses Mit Gahmr Delta, Egypt

Military cemetery, Verdun, France

Solar plant in Andalusia, Spain

Cattle, Argentina

Elephants on the savannah, Botswana

Fraser Island dune, Australia

Cattle near the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Boats stranded on the dry Aral Sea, Kazakhstan

Coal mine, South Africa

Amazon River, Brazil

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Many thanks to Mary I. for alerting me to these images.

9 thoughts on “Scenes from Above

  1. Aerial view gives one the real perspective of the size of the settlements, buildings, mountains, river body, sea, mines,nature, human settlements which a from ground level one would not be able to judge or imagine the scale.
    Sun rays on Pena, Portugal is an excellent example which one could only see from the sky so also Machu Picchu,( Peru) grandeur could be seen from the sky. Wish I had wings and fly like a kite and gobble up the beauty of the Earth.

  2. Dusky—you keep going to more and more incredible subjects in these extraordinary photos! It is fun to think of something you haven’t covered, but it’s OK—we are happy with the incredible views of our world we’ve seen thus far!
    These were incredible—we’ve seen a few of these places, and feel fortunate in that. (Although the Brazilian favelas are pretty hard on the emotions.)
    Thank you, as always, Lorie & David

  3. It’s amazing what the rest of the world looks when you’ve never left the states. Really enjoyed the photos .

  4. Amazing photos of places in other parts of this world, especially for someone who’s never been out of the states.

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