A Pilot Captured Some Mind-Blowing Shots From A Plane. I’ve Never Seen The World Like This Before.

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For nearly 40 years, American photographer Alex MacLean has been taking pictures from the sky. The fully-licensed pilot shoots almost all his breathtaking aerial photography from a small Cessna 182 plane, sticking his camera out of the cockpit window for a bird’s eye view.

Photographing American and European landscapes from 5,000 feet and above, MacLean’s pictures reveal the hidden geometry and gorgeous patterns of the world around us.

I hope you aren’t afraid of heights, because you’re about to go on a magnificent ride.

A boneyard of old military equipment and planes in Tucson, Arizona

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Bombers Boneyard, Tucson, Arizona

Floating Daisy Docks in Chicago, Illinois

Floating Daisy Docks in Chicago, Illinois

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Flower fields in Lompoc, California

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Directionless lobster boats float in the waters near Tremont, Maine

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Surfers behind breaking waves at sunset beach in Oahu, Hawaii

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Bathers swim in wave pool in Orlando, Florida

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A golf oasis in the arid Desert Hills of Las Vegas, Nevada

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People tanning poolside in Cambridge, Massachusetts

People tanning poolside in Cambridge, Massachusetts

A housing development (that looks like pieces in the game of LIFE) in Beaverton, Oregon

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Colorful shipping containers in Portsmouth, Virginia

Colorful shipping containers in Portsmouth, Virginia

Tracks of tomatoes in the fields of North Central Ohio

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A dirt biker in Boulder City, Nevada

A dirt biker in Boulder City, Nevada

Estuarine sand plumes in Wellfleet, Massachussetts

Estuarine sand plumes, Wellfleet, Massachussetts

Estuarine sand plumes in Wellfleet, Massachussetts

An American flag playground and a basketball court in Stow, Massachussetts

An American flag playground and a basketball court in Stow, Massachussetts

A shipyard in Newport, Virginia

A shipyard in Newport, Virginia

An adobe housing development in Las Vegas, Nevada

An adobe housing development in Las Vegas, Nevada

An orchard covered in snow in Bolton, Massachussetts

An orchard covered in snow in Bolton, Massachussetts

Brightly painted houses in Burano, Italy

Brightly painted houses in Burano, Italy

Cars parked at a Nascar event in Richmond, Virginia

Cars parked at a Nascar event in Richmond, Virginia

Phelps Dodge Large open pit mine and tailings

Phelps Dodge Large open pit mine and tailings

Desert Housing Block in Las Vegas, Nevada

Desert Housing Block in Las Vegas, Nevada

Drainage Patterns in Clark County, Nevada

Drainage pattern across striated tilted interbeded rock

Flamingos Taking Flight in Rosolina, Italy

Flamingos Taking Flight in Rosolina, Italy

Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California

Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California

Interchanging flyovers in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Interchanging flyovers in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Landfills in Staten Island, New York

Landfills in Staten Island, New York

Loaded coal train cars in Norfolk, Virginia

Loaded coal train cars in Norfolk, Virginia

Logging Rafts in Olympia, Washington

Logging Rafts in Olympia, Washington

Ocean City Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland

Oyster cages in Cape Cod, Massachussetts

Oyster cages in Cape Cod, Massachussetts

People swimming in a pool in Cambridge, Massachussetts

People swimming in a pool in Cambridge, Massachussets

Snowmobile Tracks on the Clearwater River in Alberta, Canada

Snowmobile Tracks on the Clearwater River in Alberta, Canada

Strips in fields in Goodyear, Arizona

Strips in fields in Goodyear, Arizona

Check out more of Alex MacLean‘s photos on his website. Share the beauty of our planet with others below! More people need to see this.

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