Breathtaking Landscape Photos from Airplane Windows

Over the weekend we got a glimpse of a photographer elusively snapping portraits of unknowing flight passengers waiting to depart, but today the camera is in the hands of flyers from within the airplane. Having spotted a large collection of these sorts of aerial shots on Twisted Sifter, we knew we had to share a selection of some of the most astounding. These set of photos make us gasp in awe at the magnificent colors, patterns, and textures found on the earth's surface, as seen from up in the air. It's truly breathtaking to witness the beauty of the earth's various landscapes that never ceases to amaze us.

What makes each aerial shot all the more surreal is how each frame has an extended wing or turbine engine peeking in. It feels as though we're seeing these shots from an airplane window ourselves. It's thanks to Flickr groups like From the Airplane Window and Window Seat Please, not to mention thousands of shutterbugs sharing their remarkable captures, that we're all able to travel to such great heights from the comfort of our internet-enabled devices. This is what we call a visual staycation.

Top photo by antony51 over Wake Island, Hawaii

Photo by robep on a trip from Stansted to Tallinn

Photo by Charlie Gilbert over Doha, Qatar

Photo by Simon Morris over Greenland

Photo by Yvon Maurice over Washington

Photo by Mark Shaiken over Kansas

Photo by Sidney Gomez over Madrid, Spain

Photo by Yvon Maurice over Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo by Passenger32A over Phuket, Thailand

Photo by Eugene Delaney over Anguilla in the Caribbean

Photo by Philippe Clairo over Central Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada

Photo by Bob Horowitz over Mt. Rainier in Washington

Photo by Yama Tomo over Hokkaido, Japan

Photo by Karen Blumberg over New York City

Photo by fksr over Los Angeles

via [Twisted Sifter]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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