Even from our viewpoint down here on the ground, we know that we live on a stunningly beautiful and infinitely diverse planet. Still, there are some views that the average human simply can’t reach.

That’s where the work of photographer Alex MacLean comes in handy. In addition to his picture-taking acumen, Alex is also a pilot, and he uses these skills to capture unbelievable photos of our world from above—just by sticking his camera out the window. The results are simply amazing.

1. Flamingos taking off.

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2. A waterpark in Ocean City, MD.

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3. A wave pool.

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4. Floating docks.

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5. A parking lot at a race track.

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6. Surfers at Sunset Beach in Hawaii.

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7. Shipping containers.

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8. Coal trains all loaded up.

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9. Logging rafts in Olympia, WA.

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10. An interchange in New Mexico.

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11. Magenta water currents.

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12. A solar farm.

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13. The trail left by a snowblower.

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14. A farm in Arizona.

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15. Snake River Valley irrigation systems.

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16. Wheat fields.

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17. Grain fields in Vermont.

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18. Newly packed cars in Emden, Germany.

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19. Trees in a parking lot.

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20. Boats at a dock.

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21. Houses in a new development.

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22. A volleyball game played on a sandbank in Hawaii.

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23. Sunbathing beside a swimming pool.

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24. People sunbathing in Italy.

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25. Decommissioned B1 bombers in Arizona.

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26. United States strip mines.

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27. A tarp covered with cement blocks.

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It really is remarkable how beautiful even something as mundane as a tarp can look from above. Taking pictures with an iPhone just doesn’t have the same appeal!

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