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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

Icebergs and an Adelie Penguin, Adelie Land, Antarctica

 

Greater Flamingos on Lake Naruku, Kenya

Greater Flamingos on Lake Naruku, Kenya

 

New olive plantings, Zaghouan, Tunisia

New olive plantings, Zaghouan, Tunisia

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, US

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, US

 

Cows Grazing in Pantanal, Brazil

Cows Grazing in Pantanal, Brazil

 

Confluence of the Rio Uruguay and a Tributary, Misiones Province, Argentina.  Guess which river is downstream from logging.

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

Icebreaker Louis Saint Laurent in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada

 

 

Solar Thermal Power Plants in Sanlúcar la Mayor

Solar Thermal Power Plants in Sanlúcar la Mayor

 

Orchard Among the Wheat, Macedonia, Greece

Orchard Among the Wheat, Macedonia, Greece

Patchwork of Carpets in Marrakech, Morocco

Patchwork of Carpets in Marrakech, Morocco

 

 Training Arena in the Hippodrome of Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, France

Training Arena in the Hippodrome of Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, France

 

Worker Resting on Bales of Cotton, Ivory Coast

Worker Resting on Bales of Cotton, Ivory Coast

 

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Trees Amid the Waters Near Taponas, Rhône Region, France

Trees Amid the Waters Near Taponas, Rhône Region, France

 

 

Ashes of a Tree Near the Gorohoui Kongoli Mountains, Ivory Coast

Ashes of a Tree Near the Gorohoui Kongoli Mountains, Ivory Coast

 

Cliffs of Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland

Cliffs of Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland

Tree of Life, Tsavo National Park, Kenya

Tree of Life, Tsavo National Park, Kenya

Rivière près des Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

Rivière près des Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

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 The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

 

Village in the swamps of the White Nile near Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan

Village in the swamps of the White Nile near Bor, Jonglei, South Sudan

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Cultivation of seaweed, Wando archipelogo, South Korea

Cultivation of seaweed, Wando archipelogo, South Korea

 Agricultural Landscape Near Cognac, Charente, France

Agricultural Landscape Near Cognac, Charente, France

Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Wheat harvest in the Valley of the Dades, Morocco

Wheat harvest in the Valley of the Dades, Morocco

Church on the top of a rock near Hawzen, Tigray Region, Ethiopia

Church on the top of a rock near Hawzen, Tigray Region, Ethiopia

Banc de sable dans le delta de la Betsiboka près de Mahajanga, Madagascar

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.

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.

Snowmobiles on the ice, Baffin Island, Canada.

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 vineyards, Canary Islands, Spain

Vineyards, Canary Islands, Spain

 

Market near Xochimilco district, Mexico

Market near Xochimilco district, Mexico

 

Flock of Scarlet Ibis, Near Pedernales, Amacuro Delta, Venezuela

Flock of Scarlet Ibis, Near Pedernales, Amacuro Delta, Venezuela

 

Karymsky volcano erupting, Kamchatka, Russia

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 colonise the most favourable sites and terrain little by little, forming a new ecosystem.

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

Taj Mahal, Agra Uttar, Pradesh, India

 

Fishing nets on beach, Saham, Oman

Fishing nets on beach, Saham, Oman

 

Rubber Tracks on a Recreation Ground near Doha, Qatar

Rubber Tracks on a Recreation Ground near Doha, Qatar

 

Fields of tulips near Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Fields of tulips near Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tree plantation near Christchurch South Island, New Zealand

Tree plantation near Christchurch South Island, New Zealand

 

Barringer Crater Near Flagstaff, Northern Arizona, United States

Barringer Crater Near Flagstaff, Northern Arizona, United States

Autumn Forest in the Region of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada

Autumn Forest in the Region of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada

 

Region of Kitaa, Groenland, Danemark

Region of Kitaa, Groenland, Danemark

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Mangroves in Everglades National Park, Florida, US

Mangroves in Everglades National Park, Florida, US

Oryx in the dunes of Sossusvlei Swakopmund region, Namibia

Oryx in the dunes of Sossusvlei Swakopmund region, Namibia

Maelifell, bordering the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland

Maelifell, bordering the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland

Cotton fabrics drying in the sun in Sanganer, Rajasthan, India

Cotton fabrics drying in the sun in Sanganer, Rajasthan, India

 Sandbank on the Coast of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia

Sandbank on the Coast of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia

The Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Corcovado overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 Dromedary Caravan Near Nouakchott, Mauritania

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.

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Bird’s Eye View of Wonders

  1. Great aerial views, beautifully captured. Whether created by human beings by their activities or by almighty they are awe inspiring and that is why often i wish,i were a kite leisurely flying enjoying the view from the above.

  2. These are absolutely beautiful and wondrous. What it must be like to be a bird…

  3. Jeg finner ikke ord som beskriver skjønnheten spesielt trærne utstråler

  4. This was a real treat, instead of a treatment—–

  5. The greatness and wonders of Jehovah’s creationb will never cease to amaze mankind.

  6. Marvelous Trees , being a Tree expert Im amazed for the many I did not knew!!!
    Trees are the Oldest living creatures and we destriy them,,,,,,, Shame!!!!!!

  7. Absolutely Amazing what God created! perhaps some maybe used to help the World medically!

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