As humans, we are stuck with our feet on the ground unless we take an aircraft or suddenly sprout wings and take flight.
It is thanks to aerial photography that we see such breathtaking sights from the air, and see our planet from a new perspective.
Through these pictures, we daydream, we escape the humdrum daily life, if only for a few fleeting moments.
We see the full expanse and reach of a rushing river and maybe realise how far our own lives and actions reach across the world, how we affect and touch others--maybe without even realising.
We see a world that never sleeps, a planet full of life...
...but a world that still retains those places of solitude, of silence and peace.
A beautiful planet, there for us to enjoy.
The last picture is from 'Earth from the Air' by Yann Arthus Bertrand, a stunning collection of aerial photographs. I saw some of these in an exhibition several years ago and ended up buying some postcards. These pictures are well worth a look!