Last year, UC Berkeley architecture professor Cris Benton used kite aerial photography (KAP) to capture these stunning, otherworldly images of salt ponds.

Benton writes:

These are photographs taken during a first excursion to Salt Pond E6B in an area near the ruins of the 19th Century Ohlsen Salt Works just north of Alameda Creek.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the California Department of Fish & Game. Kite flying is prohibited over the E Ponds without a Special Use Permit as is access to this part of the Eden Nature Preserve.

Benton has been perfecting his kite photography for almost two decades, and you can see more of his stunning work in his Flickr stream. He talks about building his KAP rig on this website.