The Odd and Mesmerizing Aerial Photos of Klaus Leidorf

Aerial archeologist Klaus Leidorf began taking these gorgeous, minimalist photos in 1989, while flying his own Cessna 172. He's brilliant at capturing how odd our world looks when you get a different perspective on it from the air.

You can find more than 2,400 of his high-resolution shots here, in this Flickr stream, or more than 10,000 on leidorf.de.

Blooming Rape Field, Poing

Farm in the Rape Field, Freidling

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String Of Pearls, fish ponds in Namsenbach

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Quick rower on Gröbensee

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A square of cows, Kleinhöhenkirchen

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A golf course, Holzkirchen

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A solar power plant near Hemau in the Upper Palatinate, Bavaria

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Sparkling river, an aerial photo of river Wörnitz, a left tributary of the Danube

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Freshly harrowed field, Münster

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A pine alley in Tuscany, Italy

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Red tractor with a hay conditioner

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Farmers Painting 24

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What shall we do with a drunken farmer…?, Hörmannsdorf

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Pattern, near Anzberg

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Abstract vegetation, Munningen

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Cherry trees in autumn colors, Westendorf

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Fields

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Round fields, Limpopo, South Africa

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Patchwork, vineyards in autumn, Seinsheim

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Boomerang, a green island in the middle of some ploughland, Gotha

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Trees in Autumn Dresses, Aindling

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Haymaking, Poing

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Ploughing contest, Greilsberg

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Clones, a forest in Neuen Südfriedhof, Munich

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Ripped Agrofoil, Ismaning

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Irrigation sprinklers, near Bergtheim

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Red Car 38

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Farmers Painting 02, Gaimersheim

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Sailing hay bales, Parsdorf

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Ripped, greenhouses in Calvenzano, Italy

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Timber yard, Schwindegg

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Traces of cultivation under a thin layer of snow

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Wave pattern on Chiemsee

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Fish ponds on Speichersee

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The frozen surface of Gretlmühle

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One is missing, winter in Au, Bavaria

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Cold solar power, near Untergriesbach-Ornatsöd

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A chicken farm from above

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Train meeting in Berg am Laim, Munich

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Houses in Landshut

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