20 Stunning Photos Taken from Above the Clouds

Getting a window seat really does pay off.

Happiness is… flying at 39,000 feet with a camera; when the world below you transforms into what seems to be a different entity, boats and cars appear to stop moving, people turn into ants, and skyscrapers suddenly aren’t scraping the sky. These 20 people didn’t let the opportunity to capture a stunning in-flight photograph pass them by. (Afraid to fly? Here’s how you can get over your fear of flying.)

Soaring above the clouds

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Clearly feeling very brave flying out of Dubai

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Greenland with no sign of green

Aukland, New Zealand countryside

This picture-perfect paradise in Lisbon, Portugal

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Mountains in Squamish, British Columbia straight ahead

This patchwork of prairies in central California

Front row seat to some more glaciers in Greenland

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Hitting turbulence while flying over the Windy City

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This postcard-ready photo of Mt. Hood in Oregon

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Chilean prairies and mountains

This mining pit that was turned into a manmade lake in Cebu

This incredible view of the Alpine Mountains

Somewhere (literally) over the rainbow

Red Arizona mountains

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This breath-taking Caribbean view over the Cayman Islands

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Mt. Rainer standing 14,411 feet tall in Washington

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Brittany Gibson
Brittany Gibson is a regular contributor to RD.com’s culture, food, health, and travel sections. She was previously an editorial intern for RD.com and Westchester Magazine. Her articles have appeared on Buzzfeed, Business Insider, AOL, Yahoo, and MSN, among other sites. She earned a BA in English from the University of Connecticut