The “bird” is perhaps the best known aerial photographer on the planet, Frenchman Yann Arthus-Bertrand. He has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide of his photo essay Earth From Above, a decade-spanning attempt to capture all the vistas of the planet from the sky, whether by helicopter, hot air balloon, or anything else that flies.
This selection is the second installment of his images on this website, just as spectacular as the first. If you want to see the first batch, click here.
Icebergs and an Adelie Penguin, Adelie Land, Antarctica
Greater Flamingos on Lake Naruku, Kenya
New olive plantings, Zaghouan, Tunisia
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, US
Cows Grazing in Pantanal, Brazil
Confluence of the Rio Uruguay and a Tributary, Misiones Province, Argentina. Guess which river is downstream from logging.
Icebreaker Louis Saint Laurent in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Solar Thermal Power Plants in Sanlúcar la Mayor
Orchard Among the Wheat, Macedonia, Greece
Patchwork of Carpets in Marrakech, Morocco
Training Arena in the Hippodrome of Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, France
Worker Resting on Bales of Cotton, Ivory Coast
Trees Amid the Waters Near Taponas, Rhône Region, France
Ashes of a Tree Near the Gorohoui Kongoli Mountains, Ivory Coast
Cliffs of Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland
Tree of Life, Tsavo National Park, Kenya
Rivière près des Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar
The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Village in the swamps of the White Nile near Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan
Cultivation of seaweed, Wando archipelogo, South Korea
Agricultural Landscape Near Cognac, Charente, France
Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Wheat harvest in the Valley of the Dades, Morocco
Church on the top of a rock near Hawzen, Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Sandbar in the delta of the Betsiboka near Mahajanga, Madagascar
Road interrupted by a sand dune, Nile Valley, Egypt. Dunes cover nearly one-third of the Sahara, and the highest, in linear form, can attain a height of almost 1,000 feet (300 m). Barchans are mobile, crescent-shaped dunes that move in the direction of the prevailing wind at rates as high as 33 feet (10 m) per year, sometimes even covering infrastructures such as this road in the Nile Valley.
Snowmobiles on the ice, Baffin Island, Canada.
Vineyards, Canary Islands, Spain
Market near Xochimilco district, Mexico
Flock of Scarlet Ibis, Near Pedernales, Amacuro Delta, Venezuela
Karymsky volcano erupting, Kamchatka, Russia
Mountainous countryside near Maelifellssandur, Myrdalsjökull Region, Iceland. Once the young lava fields of Iceland cool down, life begins anew little by little. Ice, wind and water flatten and carve out shapes to begin with, then, during the summer, bacteria, lichen and fungi prepare the soil for plants, in particular mosses which adapt to an environment which remains difficult. These plants colonize the most favorable sites and terrain little by little, forming a new ecosystem.
Taj Mahal, Agra Uttar, Pradesh, India
Fishing nets on beach, Saham, Oman
Rubber Tracks on a Recreation Ground near Doha, Qatar
Fields of tulips near Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tree plantation near Christchurch South Island, New Zealand
Barringer Crater Near Flagstaff, Northern Arizona, United States
Autumn Forest in the Region of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Region of Kitaa, Groenland, Danemark
Mangroves in Everglades National Park, Florida, US
Oryx in the dunes of Sossusvlei Swakopmund region, Namibia
Maelifell, bordering the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland
Cotton fabrics drying in the sun in Sanganer, Rajasthan, India
Sandbank on the Coast of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia
The Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dromedary Caravan Near Nouakchott, Mauritania
For more images from above on this website by Yann Arthus-Bertrand click here.
For a moving version of his work, Arthus-Bertrand has made and distributed a free 1 1/2 hour movie, “Home” that you can watch here on youtube.
To check out his website, again here is the link.
His thousands of images from above are on countless websites. Special thanks to Bored Panda, to Boston.com and to sbioak.com for their selections of his images.