The Odd and Mesmerizing Aerial Photos of Klaus Leidorf

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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

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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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