Being a pilot, you get to see a bunch of beautiful sights from above. Being a pilot for a South American airline, you also get to witness the stunning phenomena of storms as your job requires flying over regions that experience them.

Meet Santiago Borja Lopez - a Quito, Ecuador-based pilot who works for Ecuador Airlines. Whenever the pilot is off-duty, he pulls out his camera to capture the magnificent sights he witnesses in air. From incredible storms to even lightning bolts - the photos he captures are truly magnificent. Keep on scrolling to take a look and follow Santiago's journey on Instagram. You can read more about one of Santiago's shots in our previous article.

More info: santiagoborja.com | Instagram

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‘A Colossal Cumulonimbus Flashes Over The Pacific Ocean As We Circle Around It At 37000 Feet En Route To South America’

‘A Colossal Cumulonimbus Flashes Over The Pacific Ocean As We Circle Around It At 37000 Feet En Route To South America’

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4 years ago

This one is my favorite.

Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

I know this is cumulonimbus because of Up :D

sumit singh
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2 years ago

so beautyfull

David Robson
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4 years ago

Hi Beck, This used to be my world. I have seen such spectacular sights and we even chased each other around clouds like this in Malaya. It's also amazing to fly through build-ups such as these - which we could do in an aircraft as strong as the Mirage.

Pamela K Hartgerink
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4 years ago

How scary that would be!

Ginny DeMario
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4 years ago

Absolutely fabulous!!

Sandy McKinnon
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4 years ago

Once I was flying to Denver and the clouds we could see below us were lighting up with beautiful color while storms brewed. lightening filled the clouds and I had never seen anything like it.The pilot broke the silence and announced that we were flying over a combination of 7 thunder storms, and it was spectacular to see, But soon it was time to land and the storm raged around us. it became a bumpy ride and the lightening continued and we watch it around us with some nervous jumps with each sudden bright flash. It was raining hard when we landed and we were very happy to be on solid ground. I thanked the pilot as we disembarked , He did an awesome job.

Elizabeth Butler
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4 years ago

Stunned just stunned to see this

Thomas Kowalski
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4 years ago

The tremendous beauty in Nature is truly awesome.

Heather Parsons
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4 years ago

Stunning

Florence Hastings
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4 years ago

Absolutely stunning! :-)

Russell Hummel - Lewis
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4 years ago

I am in total AWE of Mother Nature's power and beauty !!!

Prussia
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4 years ago

kewl

Rebecca Strothers
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4 years ago

That is incredible

Curious Cat
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4 years ago

cool

Sally Vogel
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4 years ago

I used to love to fly to Central and South America at night because of the awesome lightning displays you get to see. These images are beautiful.

Srini vasan
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4 years ago

Terrific.

Meowoui
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4 years ago

Amazing

Melissa Apple
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4 years ago

Just beautiful

Lucine Kazanian
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4 years ago

Surreal

Abhisek Chakraborty
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful. Thank you autopilot :)

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#2

‘I’ve Never Seen Lightning Like This One’

‘I’ve Never Seen Lightning Like This One’

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Karolee Pierson
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4 years ago

Nature is just Awesome

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#3

Night Flashes, Atlantic Ocean

Night Flashes, Atlantic Ocean

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Susan Paul
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4 years ago

Gorgeous

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#4

An Ominous Storm Over Panama City

An Ominous Storm Over Panama City

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M O'Connell
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4 years ago

Wow, the slight blur of the exposure makes the city look like lava.

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#5

Night Sky

Night Sky

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Susan Milam
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4 years ago

😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲

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#6

Magic

Magic

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Debra Starr Moon
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4 years ago

Makes me think of Heaven.

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#7

Tormenta, Coast Of Venezuela, South America

Tormenta, Coast Of Venezuela, South America

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Charlotte Ayers
Community Member
4 years ago

Tormenta is an apt name: it looks as if we are peering into the underworld.

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#8

Flying Over The Colombian Amazonia About To Enter Ecuadorian Airspace To Descend Over The Andes Into Guayaquil

Flying Over The Colombian Amazonia About To Enter Ecuadorian Airspace To Descend Over The Andes Into Guayaquil

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Jeremy Hormachea
Community Member
4 years ago

Magnificent picture! Viva Ecuador!

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#9

A Magnificent Storm Developing Over The Atlantic Ocean, A Few Miles South Of Jamaica

A Magnificent Storm Developing Over The Atlantic Ocean, A Few Miles South Of Jamaica

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Ginny DeMario
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4 years ago

Looks surreal and magnificent!

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#10

Mooning Around, Super Moon, At 2,900m In Quito, Ecuador

Mooning Around, Super Moon, At 2,900m In Quito, Ecuador

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Curious Cat
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4 years ago

That's no moon.. that's a SPACE STATION!!!

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#11

‘Looking Like A Nuclear Explosion, This Great Cumulonimbus Is Discharging Its Power Over Colombian Rainforest’

‘Looking Like A Nuclear Explosion, This Great Cumulonimbus Is Discharging Its Power Over Colombian Rainforest’

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Valentina
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4 years ago

Stonehenge in the sky...

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#12

Fugaz, Atlantic Ocean, North Of Panama City

Fugaz, Atlantic Ocean, North Of Panama City

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Lou Catlin
Community Member
4 years ago

Love the shooting star!

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#13

Atomic Storm

Atomic Storm

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Maureen Zappellini
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4 years ago

Stunning! The blue!

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#14

Soaring, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Soaring, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Charlotte Ayers
Community Member
4 years ago

Cloud City above Bespin. (Ref.: Lando Calrissian)

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#15

The Amazonia Between Ecuador And Colombia

The Amazonia Between Ecuador And Colombia

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Samuel Heng
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4 years ago

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#16

A Storm Over Colombian Amazonia

A Storm Over Colombian Amazonia

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melissa brown
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4 years ago

looks like the opening to heaven

#17

Sunset, Quito, Ecuador

Sunset, Quito, Ecuador

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Cloud City, Quito, Ecuador

Cloud City, Quito, Ecuador

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Victoria Jolley
Community Member
4 years ago

looks like the earth had a major volcanic eruption across the earth and dust covered the earth.....creepy but beautiful

#19

Blinding Storm

Blinding Storm

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Debra Starr Moon
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4 years ago

Marshmallows!

#20

The Orbit In An Atmosphere Unknown, Ecuador

The Orbit In An Atmosphere Unknown, Ecuador

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#21

Vertical Development, Ecuador

Vertical Development, Ecuador

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Jon Lisle-Summers
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4 years ago

How tall is that column?

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#22

One Of Those Clear Days Over Miami

One Of Those Clear Days Over Miami

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#23

Fierce, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fierce, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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#24

Storm Hour, Amazonia, South America

Storm Hour, Amazonia, South America

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Debra Starr Moon
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like a nebula in space.

#25

Cruising Out, Quito, Ecuador

Cruising Out, Quito, Ecuador

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Karen Hubert
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4 years ago

Amazing photos of the awesome Mother Nature!!

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