When it comes to spectacular scenery, few people get a better view than airline pilots. But instead of keeping those beautiful panoramas to himself, 747 pilot Christiaan van Heijst take stunning photographs that he kindly shares with the rest of us stuck in economy.

"From an early age on I have found great joy in capturing the beauty of natural light in all its forms," writes Heijst on his website. "Later on, I combined that with flying and a new passion emerged. Seeing the entire world in my job, I feel privileged to be in a position to capture many different parts of the planet through my camera and immortalize the beauty of the places I visit." Shooting with a Nikon D800, the flying Dutchman captures beautiful pictures of thunderstorms, sunsets, full moons, and even the northern lights.

More info: Christiaan van Heijst (h/t: petapixel)

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

WOW!!! That clous looks like a gate to another Universe!!! :O

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Kjorn 2 years ago

wow! the colors!

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Zharna Misa 2 years ago

Spectacular !

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Janice Foster 2 years ago

Ahhhhh! So pretty!

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Lavonia Gansworth 2 years ago

Amazin'!!

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

Stunning..!!!!!!!

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Daria B 2 years ago

This cloud looks like an actual plane.

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Sue Gray 2 years ago

Absolutely the Ultimate ! !

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

AMAZING!!!

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Susan Ramsay 2 years ago

I wish panda would caption more of these. Where? Time of day etc.

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Kjorn 2 years ago

Sauron tower when he collapse

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pilot_e 2 years ago

Simply stunning!

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Lucia Lintnerová 2 years ago

touching the universe ... beautiful

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Philip Condron 2 years ago

Wow

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Daria B 2 years ago

Looks like waterfalls.

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Kjorn 2 years ago

Cthullhu is rising! kneel before him before he appear

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Kjorn 2 years ago

Superman's lair

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Kjorn 2 years ago

that's a picture i want as wallpaper

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Fonda Lioness Ambrosia 2 years ago

Looks like some parts of Enterprise Starship fleet. I wish I was a pilot. You got a million dollar views that is worth more than money can buy.

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Evisa Isabella Rose 2 years ago

I guess this is not taken from a plane... ;-)

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Kjorn 2 years ago

that's the earth looks like from 'The Flash'